How to Clean Your Automobile Interior During Covid-19

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Would you like to clean your automobile interior plastic and fabric for the novel Coronavirus, without damaging its surfaces?

By this point, we've all come to know that thorough hand-washing and disinfecting high-contact surfaces are two highly effective methods to fight back against the spread of Coronavirus. Regarding this, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and global health experts are all agreed. Regular cleaning and disinfecting saves lives.

This is even more true when you believe that someone with Coronavirus has traveled in your car. Unfortunately, cars possess many high-touch elements. This includes the door handle, steering wheel, and shifter to name a sample few. In such a case, immediate cleaning can make all the difference. Furthermore, if you frequently transport various passengers, cleaning these surfaces is a must.

So how do you 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 Not to Do:

To get started, some alternatives should be avoided at all costs. Hydrogen peroxide and bleach, for example, can do damage to your car's upholstery. Additionally, any cleaners with an ammonia base should be avoided. These can damage touch screens by removing anti-fingerprint and anti-glare coatings. Furthermore, never use anything abrasive when disinfecting a touchscreen, including tissues or paper towels. Lastly, use common sense. Don't treat all surfaces equally.

What You Should Do When Cleaning for Coronavirus:


Most importantly, use gloves if cleaning 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-Based Solutions

The CDC recommends using alcohol-based solutions of 70% alcohol is the most effective. Alcohol doesn't just protect against SARS-CoV-2, but it's friendly to most vehicle surfaces. Just keep it away from the leather upholstery. Most leather seats have a protective layer, but unless you know the specifications, you are much better to be safe than sorry.

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A Soap & Water Solution

Another great option which is effective on most surfaces, including your leather, is a simple solution of water and soap. Just try not to scrub too fervently, or get your fabrics too wet.

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Microfiber Towels or 100% Cotton T-Shirts

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

A Word About Leather Surfaces

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

Stopping the Spread of Coronavirus

Of course, the best solution to stop community spread of Covid-19 is to 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 regular disinfecting is the best method to keep yourself and others safe.

Professional Cleaning and Detailing

Without fail, if you are truly anxious, a professional cleaning will be the most thorough solution. Contact us today for a comprehensive list of detailing services and treatments currently on offer.

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