As the Covid-19 scare continues, we are constantly updated with news on this pandemic. Regardless, we must do our part in the battle against this pandemic.
Vehicles can be a hotbed of covid-19 and other infections and germs. It is for this reason that we suggest using hand sanitizers and disinfecting wipes to wipe down the interior of your car and any other area that could be considered a high-touch area. This applies doubly in the case of rental vehicles, taxis and ride-sharing cars. Be sure to wipe any areas that human hands typically touch. These include door handles, door knobs or latches, lock buttons, seat belts and buckles, window buttons, mirrors, radio and climate control buttons and more.
This article offers tips on how to effectively clean and sanitize your leather upholstery inside your car to curb the spead of the virus.
Best solutions for interior decked in leather upholstery
Generally, alcohol works best in your car’s cabin. It is the cleaner most used by manufacturers of most automotive interiors today. All it takes is a quick wipe to clean most germs and fingerprints. Soap and water will work, too. If your car’s interior is upholstered in leather, you might want to take extra precautions not to damage or smear it.
According to health organizations, products with EPA-approved, antimicrobial claims can be effective against viruses. These include clorox cleaner and bleach products and Lysol disinfectants.
Depending on the surface materials, you can use solutions with at least 70% isopropyl alcohol or diluted household bleach to get rid of viruses. When cleaning, it is recommended to mix water with the solutions, then rinse with water to avoid discoloration or damage.
For leather seats or upholstery, follow these steps. First, v acuum crevices and dust with a soft, white cloth dampened with water and some soap. Next, test before using saddle soap or another leather cleaner, which may remove some color. Lastly, use leather care products sparingly and do not overuse it on your leather surfaces.
When cleaning, do wear disposable or washable gloves. It’s recommended to open windows of your car to improve ventilation. When done, clean your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. If hands are not visibly dirty, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.