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Ways to Clean a Car Interior For Coronavirus

how to clean car interior for covid-19

Do you want to clean a car or truck interior, including plastic and fabric, for the novel Coronavirus, without damaging the surfaces?

By this time, we’ve all heard that hand-washing and disinfecting high-touch surfaces are the best two methods to help stop the spread of Covid-19. When it comes to this, the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and health experts across the globe all agree. Routine disinfecting and cleaning can save lives.

This becomes even more important if you know that someone with the novel Coronavirus has been in your car. Unfortunately, cars have many frequently touched elements. This includes the door handle, steering wheel, and shift lever to name a sample few. In such a situation, immediate sanitation can make all the difference toward preventing the spread of the virus. And if you frequently transport various passengers, it is crucial to clean these contact surfaces.

That said, how do you clean all those surfaces without doing 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 You Shouldn’t Do:

To get started, there are several cleaners to be avoided at all costs. Hydrogen peroxide and bleach, for example, can do a number to your upholstery. Another group to avoid are any cleaners with an ammonia base. These can cause damage to your touch screens by removing their anti-glare and anti-fingerprint coating. Moreover, don’t use anything abrasive when disinfecting a touchscreen device, including paper towels or tissues. Lastly, use common sense. Don’t treat all surfaces equally.

What to Do When Cleaning for Covid-19:

Wear Gloves

First, use gloves if disinfecting your 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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Try Alcohol Cleaners

The CDC recommends alcohol cleaners with at least 70% alcohol is most effective. Alcohol doesn’t just protect against Coronavirus, but it’s car friendly. Just keep it away from leather upholstery. Most leather has a protective layer, but if you don’t know the specifications, it’s much better to be safe than sorry.

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A Soap & Water Treatment

Another versatile option which is effective on many surfaces, including leather seats, is a basic mixture of water and soap. Just try not to scrub too aggressively, or get the interior fabrics too damp.

use microfiber or cotton to clean vehicle interior

100% Cotton T-Shirts or Microfiber Towels

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

A Word About Leather Seats and Surfaces

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

Stopping the Spread of Covid-19

Certainly, the most effective solution to stop the spread 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 regular cleaning is the most effective way to keep yourself and others safe.

Professional Detailing

Of course, if you are truly anxious, a professional detailing or cleaning will be the most effective solution. Contact us for a full list of detailing services and treatments currently on offer.

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