How to Clean Your Automobile Interior During Covid-19

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Are you wondering how to clean an automobile’s interior fabric and plastic for the novel Coronavirus, without damaging your surfaces?

By this point, we’ve already learned that disinfecting common surfaces and hand-washing are the best-proven methods to defend against the spread of the novel Coronavirus. When it comes to this, the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and health experts across the globe are all agreed. Disinfecting and Cleaning can save lives.

This is even more true if you know that someone with the novel Coronavirus has been in your car. Cars and trucks possess many frequently touched surfaces. Examples of these are your door handle, steering wheel, and shift lever to name just a few. In such a case, immediate cleaning can make all the difference. Furthermore, if you regularly carry various passengers, it is a must to clean these high-touch surfaces.

That said, how should you disinfect all those surfaces without causing damage?

Sample High-Touch Areas

Door Handles


Engine Start Button

Seat Belt

Seat Adjuster

Window Control

Mirror Adjuster

Gear Shift


Signal Indicator

All Dashboard Controls




What You Shouldn’t Do:

First, some cleaners should be avoided at all costs. Both hydrogen peroxide and bleach, for example, can wreak havoc on your upholstery. Additionally, cleaners with an ammonia base should be avoided. These can cause damage to touch screens by removing anti-fingerprint and anti-glare coating. Moreover, never use anything abrasive when cleaning a touchscreen device. This includes paper towels or tissues. Finally, use common sense. Don’t treat all surfaces equally.

What You Should Do to Clean Your Car for Coronavirus:

Wear Gloves

First and foremost, wear gloves when disinfecting and cleaning a vehicle. The Centers for Disease Control recommends the following:

“Gloves and any other disposable PPE used for cleaning and disinfecting the vehicle should be removed and disposed of after cleaning; wash hands immediately after removal of gloves and PPE with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.”

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Apply Alcohol Cleaners

The Centers for Disease Control recommends cleaning with alcohol-based cleaners of at least 70% alcohol is most effective. Not only does Alcohol kill Coronavirus, but it is surfaces of your vehicle. Just keep it away from any leather. Most leather has a protective layer, but if you don’t know the manufacturer’s specifications, it is much better off to be safe than sorry.

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Soap and Water

Another great option which works on most surfaces, including your leather, is a simple solution of soap and water. Just try not to scrub too hard, or get your interior fabrics too wet.

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Microfiber Towels or 100% Cotton Cloth

In general, microfiber towels and/or old cotton t-shirts are a versatile all-surface solution that can be applied almost anywhere.

Regarding Leather Seats and Surfaces

Despite the fact that leather has been frequently mentioned above, it bears repeating. Avoid alcohol, ammonia-based cleaners, hydrogen peroxide, and bleach. Leather cleaning wipes are ideal, but applying water and soap with a damp cloth is likely to do the trick.

Stopping the Spread of Covid-19

Of course, the strongest solution to stop the spread is to just stay home and not share a vehicle. If you must share a car, however, drive a rental, get your car serviced, or transport others, then frequent disinfecting and cleaning is the best method to keep yourself and others safe.

Professional Detailing

Certainly, if you’re truly worried, a professional cleaning or detailing is the most effective solution. Contact our service department today for a complete list of cleaning treatments and services currently on offer.

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