Sterilize Your Vehicle’s Interior

Sterilize Your Vehicle’s Interior

Due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19, many of us are spending a whole lot more time at home than we are accustomed to. While engaging in social distancing, we are essentially homebound, except for short trips to the grocery store and pharmacy.

As Victoria’s local detail shop, many people have been asking us how to properly disinfect their vehicles to reduce the chance of contamination, keeping themselves and their families safe. We think vehicle cleanliness is a huge priority, because your vehicle is a potential conduit between the germs at the shops and your home.

In the absence of disinfectant wipes, good old soap and water works just as well - it just takes a little bit more work.

Here are a few practical measures you can take to keep your vehicle clean and safe.

What’s the best way to disinfect your vehicle?

The easiest and quickest way to sterilize your vehicle’s interior is by using standard disinfectant wipes. A quick wipe down of all interior surfaces is all that’s needed to remove most germs, and the surfaces will look cleaner too.

We would encourage you to spend extra time on your steering wheel. Undoubtedly, the steering wheel is the #1 thing you interact with while driving, and is the obvious priority for sterilization. Other parts to pay attention to are radio controls, gear shift, and interior and exterior door handles.

In the absence of disinfectant wipes, good old soap and water works just as well – it just takes a little bit more work.

What to Avoid

For the sake of your car’s interior DO NOT use bleach, hydrogen peroxide, or any strong ammonia based cleaner. While these compounds will kill the virus, they could also destroy your vehicle’s interior. Vinyl and plastics can get broken down by these chemicals, so they should be completely avoided.

Again, if you don’t have any disinfectant wipes (these are getting harder to find), just use soap and water.

Wash Your Hands

Even more important than sterilizing your vehicle is washing you hands. A lot. Sterilizing your steering wheel won’t help you that much if you go touching it with dirty hands. Hand washing is the best thing you can do to prevent the likelihood of spreading the disease.

Sterilizing your vehicle is a major step you can take towards the safety of yourself and your family, and cleaning your vehicle is a great way to spend time and stay sane during isolation. CJ’s is here as a resource to help you through this time by answering all your automotive questions – just reach out.