Ways to Clean Your Automobile Interior During Coronavirus

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Would you like to clean a car’s interior fabric and plastic for Coronavirus, without damaging your surfaces?

By this time, we’ve all heard that thorough hand-washing and cleaning common surfaces are the best-proven ways to fight back against the spread of Coronavirus. When it comes to this, the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the most respected health officials in the world all agree. Disinfecting can save lives.

This becomes even more important when you have a hunch that someone with the novel Coronavirus has been in contact with your car. Cars and trucks possess many high-touch elements. Examples of these are the door handle, steering wheel, and shift lever to name a few. In such a situation, immediate sanitation can make all the difference toward stopping the virus. Moreover, if you frequently transport various passengers, cleaning these contact surfaces is essential.

Given all that, just how do you clean all those surfaces without doing damage?

Sample High-Touch Areas

Door Handles


Engine Start Button

Seat Belt

Seat Adjuster

Window Control

Mirror Adjuster

Gear Shift


Signal Indicator

All Dashboard Controls




Cleaners to Avoid:

For starters, there are several options to be avoided at all costs. Hydrogen peroxide and bleach, for example, can damage your car’s upholstery. Another group to avoid are any cleaners with an ammonia base. These can cause damage to your touch screens by removing anti-fingerprint and anti-glare coating. Furthermore, never use anything abrasive when cleaning a touchscreen. This includes tissues or paper towels. Finally, don’t treat all surfaces equally.

What to Do to Clean Your Car for Coronavirus:

Wear Gloves

First, wear gloves when cleaning a car. The Centers for Disease Control specifically suggests the following:

“Gloves and any other disposable PPE used for cleaning and disinfecting the vehicle should be removed and disposed of after cleaning; wash hands immediately after removal of gloves and PPE with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.”cdc.gov

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Apply Alcohol-Based Solutions

The Centers for Disease Control suggests alcohol-based solutions of at least 70% alcohol is the most effective. Alcohol not only kills SARS-CoV-2, but it’s surfaces of your car. Just be sure to keep it away from any leather. Most leather seats have a protective layer, but unless you know the manufacturer’s specifications, it is much better to be safe rather than sorry.

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A Soap & Water Mixture

Another great solution which works on most surfaces, including leather, is a basic solution of water and soap. Just be sure not to scrub too aggressively, or get your fabrics too damp.

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100% Cotton Cloth or Microfiber Towels

Generally speaking, microfiber towels and/or old cotton t-shirts are a useful solution that can be applied just about anywhere.

Regarding Leather Surfaces

Despite the fact that leather has been repeatedly mentioned above, it bears repeating. Avoid hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, bleach, and ammonia-based cleaners. Leather cleaning wipes are ideal, but applying soap and water with a damp cloth will likely do the trick.

Stopping the Spread of Covid-19

Of course, the strongest solution to stop the spread is to simply stay home and not share your vehicle. If you must share a car, however, get service, drive a rental, or transport others, then frequent cleaning is the best way to keep yourself and others safe.

Professional Cleaning

Of course, if you’re truly concerned, a professional cleaning or detailing is the most effective solution. Contact us today for a complete list of detailing treatments currently available.

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