Written by : Faisal Mohammad

Written by : Faisal Mohammad

Licensed Automotive Service Technician with Over 22 Years of Experience

How to Safely Sanitize Your Vehicle

Germs and dirty surfaces can make you cringe on the thought of touching or sitting in an area filled with it. Well, fun fact, your car probably isn’t the pristine haven you think it is. According to studies, the average steering wheel is four times dirtier than a public toilet seat. Then they are all the other frequently touched areas in your cars such as the cup holder, seat belts, and door handles, and touch pads; they can’t be too much cleaner. Now more than ever, it seems timely to offer some tips on how to safely sanitize your vehicle. 

Sanitizing your car is different than giving it a good spring cleaning. It’s essential to keep germs and viruses off the parts of your car you touch the most. We’ve all been doing a lot of washing and cleaning lately, and cleaning our car probably hasn’t been one of those places. Many people spend a lot of time in vehicles, so keeping it well sanitize and clean is important. In order to prevent the spread of viruses and other harmful germs, you’ll want to make sure you know how to sanitize your vehicle the right way. 

Methods for Sanitizing Your Car

Remove Dust and Mold — Your car has a sealed environment, and the chances of bacteria growing inside are much more than open spaces. You can remove most of the dust from the interior of your car by vacuuming and cleaning any heavy debris from inside your vehicle.

Clean/Replace the Cabin Air Filter — The cabin air filter is responsible for cleaning the air inside a car. Change the air filter at least every 6 months, especially if you notice that the air is not cool enough, or if unpleasant, moldy air is being circulated in the car. A dirty air filter can dispel bacteria in your car from the car’s air conditioning system. 

Use Car-Safe Disinfectants — Use a good quality car-safe disinfectant on the surfaces of your vehicle that is frequently being touched. This includes the steering wheel, gear stick, armrest, touchscreen, buttons, door handles, and mirrors. The chances of germs and viruses in your vehicle are reduced greatly if these surfaces are kept clean. 

Clean the Entire Upholstery — Leather seats or cushions should be done gently with a microfiber cloth. You can clean the seats and other soft surfaces by using a vacuum cleaner to remove loose dust and then with soapy water or an alcohol-based solution.

Car Wash — Don’t forget about the exterior of your vehicle. Running the car through the car wash will definitely give you a fantastic look, and also helps you to effectively decontaminate and sanitize the exterior of your car properly. 

Routine auto repair, maintenance, and cleaning will keep your vehicle healthy and safe. Always do your best to drive with clean hands. Keep sanitizing wipes and sprays handy in your vehicle to clean frequently touched surfaces regularly. If you’re low on cleaning supplies, soap and water are a safe and effective alternative to clean your vehicle. With these tips, keeping a clean car is easy!

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