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How to Disinfect a Vehicle for Coronavirus

Tips to Clean the Inside of a Car for COVID-19

Being in the health predicament we currently find ourselves in, it’s very important that you take extra care to disinfect your belongings. For those that drive, this includes disinfecting their car. However, it may not be clear how a driver should clean the inside of their car for COVID-19. Here are a few tips you should know to disinfect your vehicle for Coronavirus.

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Products You Should and Should NOT Use

Before we cover which products you should be using, let’s cover which products you should never use inside a vehicle. These include all products containing bleach, ammonia, or hydrogen peroxide. While these products can kill COVID-19, you’ll be damaging your vehicle in the process. Instead, try using one of these methods

  • Alcohol-based cleaners
  • Soap and water

Most alcohol-based cleaners will be in the form of wipes, making it a quick cleaning. Soap and water will work as well, just be sure to not soak the fabric and do not scrub too hard. Scrubbing that is too aggressive may remove dyes or surface coatings.

Areas to Clean Inside of a Car

You may be surprised how many things you regularly touch inside of your vehicle. Here’s our list of areas you should clean thoroughly inside of your car.Close up of a person cleaning a steering wheel

  • Steering Wheel
  • Steering Wheel Adjustment Lever
  • Paddle Shifters
  • Doors and Handles
  • Rearview Mirror
  • Buttons and Dials on the Center Console
  • Touchscreen
  • Keys and Key Fobs
  • Remote Ignition Button
  • Seats
  • Mats and Carpet
  • Dashboard
  • Vents

If you aren’t sure if Coronavirus can be on a certain surface in your vehicle, it’s best to clean it to be safe. In addition, make sure to practice proper hygiene to avoid the chances of germs entering your vehicle after you finish your deep cleaning.

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We hope that you stay healthy and safe during this unprecedented pandemic. While our sales department will not be open for the near future, our service department will remain open for your maintenance needs and will be taking preventive measures to ensure that our employees and customers stay safe. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us here at Sheehy Mazda.