For drivers this means more than just restricting travel to essential journeys like shop for groceries, we should also need to take extra care to keep our car clean and disinfected because that will minimize the risk of transmitting the coronavirus through regularly touched surfaces like our steering wheel, gearstick, radio and door handles.
Think of how many surfaces you hit on a typical trip in your car. The door handles inside and out, the seatbelt, control knobs and buttons, even the directional and wiper control stalks are touched almost every time you drive your car.
It is important to use the right products and techniques to properly clean your car, since the interior of most cars is made up of a variety of different materials.
You certainly want to stay away from using hydrogen peroxide or bleach in your car. These items could easily damage the upholstery.
Alcohol solutions containing alcohol at least 70 percent should be effective in killing coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This means you can clean almost any interior surface of your car with isopropyl alcohol-based cleaners that you already use around the home.
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Experts suggest that the emphasis is on disinfecting these vehicles hot spots:
Steering wheel, including horn and infotainment controls
Car’s shifter, window and control buttons
Wiper and turn-signal stalks, Interior lights
Seatbelts and clips
Seat adjust controls
Grab handles, and seat adjusters.
What if you are low on cleaning supplies? It’s safe and adequate to use soap and water for most surfaces. Yet no matter what you use, it’s recommended to take a gentle hand.
You might need to be extra careful when cleaning these surfaces:
Tips to clean your car on these sensitive surfaces
Do not use something that has ammonia as an ingredient to clean it if your car has a touch screen, as it will strip off anti-glare and anti-fingerprint coatings.
Gently clean the leather with a microfibre cloth; rubbing too vigorously may begin to strip the color from the leather dye.
Avoid using too much water when cleaning fabric upholstery, as it could end up causing a musty scent or promoting mold growth in the cushions.
As the coronavirus epidemic spreads to many countries and most of the countries are lockdown, we all must play our part in reducing its spread by staying home. Table of Content Disinfecting Vehicles Hot Spots Tips to clean your car on these sensitive surfaces For drivers this means more than just restricting travel to essential…