With more frequent use of your car now that the restricted movement is over, it is advisable to continue practicing good hygiene and disinfecting your car’s interior as frequently as possible.
It is easy to overlook the fact that our cars collect as much viruses and bacteria from the outside. These viruses and bacteria are trapped within the interior and on the surfaces. No guessing that we are potentially exposed to them the next time we get into the car.
Here’s some advice on interior cleaning and minimizing unnecessary hand contact within your vehicle altogether. Cars these days have hands-free functions to eliminate finger or hand contact, so use them.
Interior of the car has plenty of surfaces that you’d have to touch on a regular basis, therefore the surfaces should be frequently disinfected. The frequently-touched surfaces are the steering, gear knob, door handles and ignition switch (push start), as well as the car keys.
The virus is said to survive for up to three days on plastic and steel surfaces. It is important to disinfect properly after contact, wipe down all surfaces regularly especially if you have extra passengers in the car. Other regularly-touched surfaces like the touchscreen and head unit need some frequent anti-bacterial spray, but don’t overdo it.
The seats, depending on whether its leather or fabric, have different cleaning requirements. Some leather seats cannot be cleaned by normal disinfectants as they cause decolorization, cracks and faded wear, therefore some leather seats require suitable for leather solutions or leather care products.
Once the top is done, the only logical place to go to is the floor. Make sure you remove the floor mats before vacuuming the interior. Then, vacuum from the top down, starting from the headliner, seats, dashboard, console and down to the floor. Don't forget to also vacuum the floor mats you have removed before putting them back into place. It is advisable to use good quality mats and even put a sheet of newspaper on top of the mats, especially if you carry occupants. When you get home, just dispose of the newspapers and replace them with fresh ones, if you don’t want to wash or sanitize your car mats that frequently.
If you are an e-hailing driver, you should vacuum your car each week or even twice a week to minimize accumulation of dirt and germs. The car mats need to be washed and sprayed with disinfectants from time to time.