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Cleaning a Car Interior For Covid-19

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Are you wondering how to clean your automobile interior for Covid-19, without creating damage to your surfaces?

We’ve all heard that thorough hand-washing and cleaning common surfaces are two highly effective ways to fight against the spread of Coronavirus. Regarding this, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the world’s top health professionals are of one accord. Cleaning can save lives.

This is even more true if you believe that someone with Coronavirus has been inside your car. Unfortunately, cars and trucks have many high-touch elements. Examples of these are your steering wheel, shifter, and door handle to name a sample few. In such a scenario, immediate disinfection can make all the difference. Moreover, if you habitually carry passengers, cleaning these contact surfaces is a must.

That said, how should you clean all those surfaces without damaging your vehicle?

Sample High-Touch Areas

Door Handles


Engine Start Button

Seat Belt

Seat Adjuster

Window Control

Mirror Adjuster

Gear Shift


Signal Indicator

All Dashboard Controls




What to Avoid:

To get started, there are several alternatives to be avoided at all costs. Both hydrogen peroxide and bleach, for example, can damage your car’s upholstery. Another group to avoid are ammonia-based cleaners. These can damage touch screens by removing anti-fingerprint and anti-glare coatings. Furthermore, don’t use anything abrasive when cleansing a touchscreen. This includes tissues or paper towels. Finally, use common sense. Don’t treat all surfaces equally.

What to Do to Clean Your Car for Coronavirus:

Always Wear Gloves

First, use gloves if disinfecting and cleaning a vehicle. The CDC 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.”

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Use Alcohol-Based Solutions

The CDC recommends alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol is the most effective. Not only does Alcohol kill Covid-19, but it’s car friendly. Just keep it away from the leather upholstery. Most leather seats have a protective layer, but unless you know the manufacturer’s specifications, it is much better to be safe than sorry.

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Just Soap and Water

Another effective option that is truly effective on many surfaces, including your leather seats, is a basic mixture of soap and water. Just be sure not to scrub too fervently, or get your interior fabrics too wet.

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100% Cotton Cloth or Microfiber Towels

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

A Word About Leather Surfaces

Notwithstanding that leather has been frequently mentioned above, it’s worth repeating. Avoid hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, bleach, and ammonia-based cleaners. Leather-specific disinfecting wipes are best, but a damp cloth with soap and water is likely to do the trick.

Stopping the Spread of Coronavirus

Certainly, the strongest solution to stop the spread of Coronavirus is to simply stay home and not share your vehicle. If you must, however, share a car, drive a rental, get your car serviced, or transport others, then frequent disinfecting and cleaning is the most effective way to keep yourself and others safe.

Professional Detailing and Cleaning

Certainly, if you’re truly anxious, a professional detailing or cleaning is the most thorough treatment. Contact us today for a comprehensive list of detailing treatments and services currently available.

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