How to Clean Your Car Interior During Covid-19?

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

By this time, we’ve all come to know that hand-washing and disinfecting common surfaces are two highly effective methods to help stop the community spread of the novel Coronavirus. Regarding this, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the world’s top health professionals all agree. Routine disinfecting can save lives.

This becomes even more important when you have a hunch that someone with symptoms of the illness has been inside your car. Cars possess many commonly touched elements. Included amongst these are the door handle, steering wheel, and shifter to name just a few. In such a case, immediate disinfection can mean all the difference in preventing the virus. Moreover, if you commonly transport passengers, cleaning these surfaces is critical.

Given that, how should 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:

Firstly, there are some substances to be avoided at all costs. Bleach and hydrogen peroxide, for example, can do damage to your upholstery. Additionally, cleaners with an ammonia base should be avoided. These can cause damage to touch screens by removing their anti-fingerprint and anti-glare coatings. Furthermore, avoid anything abrasive when disinfecting a touchscreen device, including paper towels or tissues. Finally, don’t treat all surfaces equally.

What You Should Do When Cleaning Your Car or Truck for Coronavirus?

Always Wear Gloves

First and foremost, wear gloves if disinfecting a vehicle. The CDC specifically recommends 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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Alcohol Solutions

The CDC suggests cleaning with alcohol cleaners with 70% alcohol is most effective. Alcohol not only kills Coronavirus, but it surfaces of your car. Just keep it away from any leather upholstery. Most leather seats have a protective layer, but if you don’t know the manufacturer’s specifications, it is much better off to be safe rather than sorry.

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Soap and Water

Another versatile solution that is effective on most surfaces, including your leather, is a simple solution of water and soap. Just be sure not to scrub too hard, or get your interior fabrics too damp.

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100% Cotton Cloth or Microfiber Towels

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

Regarding Leather Seats and Surfaces

Although we’ve mentioned leather several times above, it bears repeating. Avoid hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, bleach, and ammonia-based cleaners. 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 best solution to stop the spread of Coronavirus is to just stay home and not share your vehicle. If you must, however, share a car, 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

Certainly, if you’re truly worried, a professional detailing will be the most thorough solution. Contact our service department for a full list of cleaning treatments and services currently on offer.

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