Ways to Clean a Car’s Interior For Covid-19

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Would you like to know how to clean your car interior for Coronavirus, without damaging your surfaces?

By this point, we’ve all heard that thorough hand-washing and disinfecting common surfaces are the best ways to prevent the community spread of Coronavirus. Regarding this, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and global health experts all agree. Cleaning can save lives.

This is even more true when you have a hunch that someone with Coronavirus has traveled in your car. Unfortunately, cars and trucks have many high-touch surfaces. These include, the car’s shift lever, steering wheel, and door handle to name a sample few of the many. In this situation, immediate disinfection can mean all the difference. Furthermore, if you frequently carry various passengers, cleaning these contact surfaces is essential.

Given that, how does one clean all those surfaces without damaging your car’s interior?

Sample High-Touch Areas

Door Handles


Engine Start Button

Seat Belt

Seat Adjuster

Window Control

Mirror Adjuster

Gear Shift


Signal Indicator

All Dashboard Controls




Cleaners to Avoid:

First, there are specific alternatives to be avoided at all costs. Both hydrogen peroxide and bleach, for example, can wreak havoc on your car’s upholstery. Another group to avoid are any cleaners with an ammonia base. These can cause damage to touch screens by removing anti-glare and anti-fingerprint coatings. Furthermore, 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 You Should Do When Cleaning for Covid-19?

Wear Gloves

First, wear gloves if cleaning a vehicle. The Centers for Disease Control 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.”cdc.gov
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Apply Alcohol Solutions

The CDC suggests using alcohol-based solutions of at least 70% alcohol is most effective. Alcohol doesn’t just protect against Coronavirus, but it’s friendly to most vehicle surfaces. Just be sure to keep it away from leather upholstery. Most leather seats have a protective layer, but if you don’t know the manufacturer’s specifications, you are much better off to be safe rather than sorry.

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Just Soap and Water

Another versatile solution which is truly effective on many surfaces, including your leather, is a simple mixture of soap and water. Just try not to scrub too fervently, or get your interior fabrics too wet.

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Microfiber Towels or 100% Cotton Cloth

Generally speaking, microfiber towels and/or old cotton t-shirts are a versatile all-surface solution that can be used almost anywhere.

Regarding Leather Seats and Surfaces

Although we’ve mentioned leather more than a few times above, it bears repeating again. Avoid bleach, hydrogen peroxide, ammonia-based cleaners, and alcohol. Leather-specific disinfecting wipes are ideal, but applying water and soap with a damp cloth is likely to do the trick.

Stopping Covid-19

Certainly, the best solution to stop the spread is to stay home and not share a vehicle. If you must share a car, however, get service, drive a rental, or transport others, then frequent cleaning is the most effective way to keep yourself and others safe.

Professional Cleaning

Of course, if you are truly anxious, a professional cleaning or detailing is the most thorough treatment. Contact our service department today for a full list of cleaning treatments and services currently on offer.

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