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How to Clean Your Car for Coronavirus

At Herb Chambers Hyundai of Auburn, we fully understand the concerns our clients have about exposure to COVID-19, or coronavirus. Many people in Auburn, Massachusetts, are frequently using hand sanitizer, wearing masks and sanitizing items they purchase on their errands. What they might forget, though, is that those items are touching the interior of their car. According to the World Health Organization, studies suggest that the coronavirus may live on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. That means that you should be sanitizing the interior of your car to kill any germs it may have collected on your last visit to the grocery store or pharmacy. 

Car cleaner wiping car door with rag

How Long Does Coronavirus Survive on Surfaces?

Always wash your hands before sanitizing your vehicle, as this helps to make sure you're not passing any germs onto your car. Also, be sure to wear disposable gloves if you have them handy. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work well for sanitizing your vehicle. Just be sure to read the product's label to make sure it's safe for the surface you're planning to use it on. It's a smart practice to always keep a pack of disinfecting wipes and a bottle of hand sanitizer in your vehicle at all times.

Cleaning the interior of the car with a microfiber cloth

What's the Best Way to Sanitize My Car's Interior?

Before you begin sanitizing your vehicle, be sure to wash your hands. If you have them, it's a good idea to wear disposable gloves. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work well for sanitizing your vehicle. Just be sure to read the product's label to make sure it's safe for the surface you're planning to use it on. If you have enough to spare, keep disinfectant wipes and a small bottle of hand sanitizer in your car so you can wipe it down frequently.

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How to Clean Leather Seats in My Car

Ready to clean the leather seats in your Hyundai? Be sure to spot test the cleaner you have on an area that's hidden, so you can make sure it works properly. When you're cleaning, always use a microfiber cloth. This helps to prevent scratching or scuffing of the leather. Don't have cleaner? Simply mix two parts vinegar with one part water to make your own solution. And if you have it, use leather conditioner after cleaning.

How to Disinfect Surfaces in My Car

The most important areas of your Hyundai to keep clean are the dashboard and the steering wheel. Bacteria tends to collect in these spots, as air is cycled throughout the vehicle. To clean your dash, simply use soap and water. Dish soap works perfectly fine for this application. All you need to do is dampen the surface of what you want to clean and scrub for 20-30 seconds. Don't forget to wipe down your dash and steering wheel, as these are high-touch areas. Other high-touch surfaces can include:

  • Door Handles
  • Door Buttons
  • Key Fob
  • Steering Wheel
  • Inside Door Buttons
  • Seat Belts
  • Gear Shifters
  • Touchscreens
  • Buttons on the Dash
  • Buttons for Lights
  • Buttons for Windshield Wipers
  • Glove Compartment

Are There Disinfectants I Should Avoid Using in My Car?

If you want to avoid damaging your Hyundai's interior surfaces, don't use bleach or hydrogen peroxide to disinfect. These can damage the vinyl and plastics in your cabin. You should also avoid any ammonia-based cleaning products used to clean glass, as they can break down the vinyl on the dashboard. Heat and light may then cause your dashboard to become sticky.

Are There Disinfectants I Should Avoid Using in My Car?

Ready to clean the leather seats in your Hyundai? Be sure to spot test the cleaner you have on an area that's hidden, so you can make sure it works properly. When you're cleaning, always use a microfiber cloth. This helps to prevent scratching or scuffing of the leather. Don't have cleaner? Simply mix two parts vinegar with one part water to make your own solution. And if you have it, use leather conditioner after cleaning.

Here at Herb Chambers Hyundai of Auburn, we want to do our part to help educate our clients and keep them safe and healthy during this difficult time. If you have any questions about car care or need assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out to our Hyundai dealership in Auburn, MA.

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