The Do’s and Don’ts of Disinfecting A Vehicle

The best way to prevent the spread of germs and illnesses is by frequently washing your hands and high-touch surfaces. This means regularly cleaning and disinfecting your vehicle.

As with any process, there is a right way and a wrong way to clean your vehicle. Learn more about how to not only keep yourself and passengers safe but also your car.

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DO NOT use bleach, hydrogen peroxide, or ammonia

Household products, such as bleach and hydrogen peroxide, should not be used to clean a vehicle’s interior. While they have been proved to successfully kill germs, they will also kill your upholstery. These harsh chemicals will damage seats and steering wheels.

It is also not a good idea to use ammonia-based cleaners inside the vehicle on any buttons or touch screens. These products can damage the anti-glare and anti-fingerprint coatings that protect these elements during daily usage.

DO use pure isopropyl alcohol

Pure isopropyl alcohol is one of the best ways to clean your vehicle’s interior. In fact, a majority of manufacturing companies use this solution when cleaning vehicles before they are sold and shipped.

Some areas to focus on include windshield and turn signals, seatbelt buckles, shift sticks, armrests, and seat adjusters.

Isopropyl alcohol can even be used to clean high-touch surfaces of the vehicle’s exterior, including door handles and mirrors.

DO NOT go overboard

If you choose to clean your vehicle with good old-fashioned soap and water, the trick is not going overboard.

If you have fabric upholstery, be careful to only clean the top layer of the fabric. This means not using too much water or soap, or else you might soak the cushion below and end up with mold or a musty smell.

If your vehicle has leather or imitation leather, cleaning too vigorously can damage the material. Instead, the materials should be carefully wiped down with soap and water, rather than scrubbed down.

It is also not a good idea to overly clean the dashboard as there are numerous buttons and technological elements. Pouring a bunch of soapy water over your dash will damage the electronic unit underneath.

DO keep yourself clean

While cleaning and disinfecting your vehicle, it is important to keep yourself safe as well. This means wearing gloves and other protective wear that will prevent any human contact with potentially infected areas. This will prevent any and all germs or illnesses from being passed from vehicle to person.

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