How to Clean Your Automobile Interior For Coronavirus?

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Are you wondering how to clean a car’s interior fabric and plastic for the novel Coronavirus, without damaging the surfaces?

By this point, we’ve all heard that thorough hand-washing and disinfecting common surfaces are two of the best methods to help stop the community spread of Covid-19. When it comes to this, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the most respected health officials in the world all agree. Routine cleaning saves lives.

This becomes even more important when you believe that someone with Coronavirus has been inside your car. Cars have many high-touch elements. Included amongst these are the steering wheel, shift lever, and door handle to name just a few. In this scenario, immediate sanitation can make all the difference. Moreover, if you regularly carry passengers, cleaning these contact surfaces is critical.

Given that, just how can you disinfect all those surfaces without damaging your car?

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:

First, there are some alternatives to be avoided at all costs. Both bleach and hydrogen peroxide, for example, can do damage to your car’s upholstery. Another group to avoid are ammonia-based cleaners. These can damage touch screens by removing their anti-glare and anti-fingerprint coating. Furthermore, don’t use anything abrasive when disinfecting a touchscreen. This includes paper towels or tissues. Finally, don’t treat all surfaces the same.

What You Should Do to Clean Your Car for Coronavirus?

Always Wear Gloves

First and foremost, wear gloves if disinfecting a vehicle. 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 CDC recommends using alcohol solutions of at least 70% alcohol is most effective. Alcohol not only kills Covid-19, but it’s friendly to most vehicle surfaces. Just keep it away from leather. Most leather has a protective layer, but if you don’t know the manufacturer’s specifications, it is much better to be safe than sorry.

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A Soap & Water Solution

Another great option that works on many surfaces, including your leather, is a simple solution of soap and water. Just be sure not to scrub too hard, or get your fabrics too wet.

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Microfiber Towels or 100% Cotton Cloth

In general, microfiber towels and/or old cotton t-shirts are a great all-surface solution that can be used almost anywhere.

Regarding Leather Seats and Surfaces

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

Stopping the Spread of Covid-19

Of course, the strongest solution to stop the spread of Covid-19 is to just stay home and not share a vehicle. If you must share a car, however, drive a rental, get your car serviced, or transport others, then frequent cleaning and disinfecting is the most effective way to keep yourself and others safe.

Professional Cleaning and Detailing

Certainly, if you’re truly concerned, a professional cleaning or detailing will be the most thorough solution. Contact us today for a complete list of detailing treatments and services currently available.

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