How to clean your car to reduce the risk of coronavirus and Covid-19
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is having an unparalleled impact on every aspect of our lives at the moment; everywhere you turn, everywhere you go. In an effort to stop the spread of the disease, businesses across the country have announced extended closures.
These measures, coupled with recommendations to stay home and practice social distancing, mean that drivers everywhere are suddenly spending more time at home with their cars. But even in isolation, the necessary supply run does happen, and leaving you exposed to the outbreak as you are vulnerable to touching exposed surfaces.
Experts say that the virus is stable for several hours to days in aerosols and on surfaces, according to a new study from National Institutes of Health, CDC, UCLA and Princeton University scientists in The New England Journal of Medicine. The scientists found that severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was detectable in aerosols for up to three hours, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel, giving indication on the stability of COVID-19. While your car is immune to the coronavirus, you are most certainly not, and your car could be a source of infections and germs if not properly sanitised and disinfected.
How do I sanitise my car?
As does most sanitisers, alcohol works best for the interior of your car. Alcohol-based cleaners are frequently used by manufacturers and skilled technicians at the car wash. A thorough wiping of your interior should suffice to kill most germs on the surfaces of your car’s interior.
Pay extra attention to sections of the car that are frequently in contact with your hands. First, focus on the steering wheel - the steering wheel has nearly four times the number of germs found on a toilet seat, with up to 700 potentially dangerous germs per square inch, so let’s spend a little more time on this section, including the signal levers, buttons, nooks, and crannies.
Apply more solution and turn your attention to the door handles, armrests, screens, aircon vents, and other areas you might touch - every button, knob, and even the seat belts. You’d definitely be surprised at the amount of dirt you catch. After sanitising leather surfaces, consider a quick wipe with a leather-care product that contains some moisturizers to maintain the material’s quality and finish.
We understand that these are trying times however DO NOT use harsh solutions such as chlorine bleach, and watch out for any cleaning product that might contain it. Although it most definitely kills germs, it may also cause irreparable damage to your car’s interior, leaving you with a discoloured dashboard.
With all the information about COVID-19 coming at us at full force, it can be hard to know what to do during this admittedly scary time. A thorough sanitization of your car after a supply run are among good small steps and preventative measures we can take during these trying times.
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