As the MCO (Movement Control Order) enters its third week, many are getting pretty tiresome staying home and for car enthusiasts, they are just aching to take their cars for spin..Well, it is still possible only if you’re aware of roadblocks and don’t try to be mean to the police and armed forces personnel when you get stopped. We can’t remind drivers enough about cleaning and disinfecting their cars, but here it is again.
Driving is still currently allowed in the country for those who need to use their cars to nip to the shops, head to work or attend any medical appointments. If you do drive, here’s a list of top tips for cleaning and disinfecting your car.
Before a trip and types of recommended cleaners and disinfectants
Clean before disinfecting: Give your car a scrub inside with warm soap and water or car-cleaning products before you use disinfectant (solutions with 60% alcohol). Check the chemicals in these products to make sure you’re not damaging your car, stay away from bleach or hydrogen peroxide contents.
Cleaning and disinfecting ensure you’re removing dirt, organic matter and germs from surfaces, allowing the disinfectant to then do its work on the more harmful, stubborn germs. Areas to focus on are door handles, rear-view mirror, gear lever, handbrake, infotainment and dashboard controls, seats and armrests and seat belts. Bestt advice is to use soap water or leather cleaning products on leathers, with a good microfiber cloth.
Use material-specific cleaners and disinfectants: For a thorough clean, use materials specifically for fabrics, exterior metal and plastic, and interior plastic, vinyl and leather. Remember to not overdo It!
Wash your hands
Most importantly, wash your hands: Continue to wash your hands frequently and for a minimum of 20 seconds each time.
Many may also be transporting other family members, so having multiple people in and out of a car means a higher risk of infection through contact with surfaces. By keeping cars as hygienic as possible with regular cleaning and disinfecting, we can reduce the risk of Covid-19 spreading through car use.