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How to Clean Your Car Interior For Coronavirus?

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Do you want to know how to clean your car interior, including plastic and fabric, for Coronavirus, without damaging the surfaces?

By this time, we’ve all heard that thorough hand-washing and disinfecting high-contact surfaces are some of the best ways to defend against the spread of the novel Coronavirus. Regarding this, the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and global health experts are of one accord. Routine disinfecting can save lives.

This is even more true when you have a hunch that someone with the novel Coronavirus has traveled in your car. Cars and trucks possess many high-touch elements. Included amongst these are the door handle, shifter, and steering wheel to name a few. In this scenario, immediate sanitation can mean all the difference toward stopping the virus. Furthermore, if you regularly transport various passengers, it is even more critical to clean these high-touch surfaces.

That said, how should one clean all those surfaces without causing 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




What to Avoid?

For starters, some cleaners should be avoided at all costs. Bleach and hydrogen peroxide, for example, can damage your car’s upholstery. Additionally, ammonia-based cleaners should be avoided. These can cause damage to touch screens by removing their anti-glare and anti-fingerprint coatings. Furthermore, don’t use anything abrasive when cleaning a touchscreen device, including tissues or paper towels. Lastly, don’t treat all surfaces equally.

What You Should Do to Clean Your Car or Truck for Coronavirus?

Always Wear Gloves

Most importantly, use gloves if disinfecting your car. The Centers for Disease Control specifically recommends 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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Alcohol Solutions

The Centers for Disease Control recommends cleaning with alcohol solutions of 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. Most leather has a protective layer, but if you don’t know the manufacturer’s specifications, you are much better to be safe rather than sorry.

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A Soap & Water Treatment

Another effective option that works on most surfaces, including your leather seats, is a basic solution of soap and water. Just try not to scrub too fervently, or get the 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 almost anywhere.

Regarding Leather Surfaces

Notwithstanding that leather has been frequently mentioned above, it bears repeating again. Avoid ammonia-based cleaners, bleach, alcohol, and hydrogen peroxide. Leather-specific cleaning wipes are best, but a damp cloth with soap and water will likely do the trick.

Stopping the Spread of Covid-19

Ideally, the best solution to stop the spread is to stay home and not share a vehicle. If you must share a car, however, get service, drive a rental, or transport others, then regular disinfecting is the most effective way to keep yourself and others safe.

Professional Detailing and Cleaning

Of course, if you’re truly concerned, a professional cleaning or detailing will be the most thorough solution. Contact us today for a comprehensive list of detailing services currently on offer.

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