By now, we all know that there are two good ways to fight COVID-19. One is to wash hands with plenty of soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
When we think of high-touch surfaces, we might think of things like door handles, cell phones and remote controls.
Although you may not think of a car as you think of a door handle, in general, it is still very likely.
According to the latest research by CarRentals.com, your car steering wheel can carry more than 6 times the bacteria of a mobile phone, almost twice as much as a typical elevator button.
Normally, this alone is sufficient, but considering the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it is more worrying than usual.
If you are still driving for some reason, disinfecting the high-contact surfaces of your car will certainly not cause harm, including:
This is a must if you are a carpool driver or live in a concentrated area. Considering how dirty your car is, it’s worth doing even if you don’t.
With this in mind – CDC recommends daily disinfection of high-contact surfaces, including cars.
Whether you want to walk in strides or not-if you are using a car, you should disinfect it at least 2-3 times a week.
Cleaning the surface of a car is a bit different from cleaning the countertop. For example, bleach or hydrogen peroxide can kill the coronavirus, but they can also make your car interior look less than ideal.
For example, if you use bleach (or any bleach-based cleaner), it will destroy the color of the car interior.
On the other hand, ammonia and alcohol cleaners can damage touch screens and other electronic devices.
In addition to bleach and hydrogen peroxide, there are other cleaning agents that are usually avoided in connection with disinfection.
According to CDC guidelines, these disinfectants may damage your interior or have not proven to kill the coronavirus.
Although these may be effective against other bacteria, you should not use them to clean your car for any reason. For a complete list of disinfectants, please visit the CDC’s main list.
Disinfecting a car should always start with protecting yourself. If possible, we strongly recommend that you wear rubber gloves separate from dishwashing gloves.
Wearing separate gloves will help keep your hands clean and avoid spreading anything from the outside.
After disinfecting the car, make sure to wash your hands in accordance with the recommended CDC method.
Hard surfaces that are not leather include surfaces that can be cleaned with isopropyl alcohol. According to the CDC, if the spray or wipes you use contain at least 70% alcohol, you are in good health.
The CDC stated that soap and water will also work and are considered effective. For best results, wipe all non-leather surfaces with soapy water and a soft cloth.
The friction of soap and water helps to destroy the protective layer around the coronavirus. For non-leather interiors, soap and water are also the safest options.
You can also use Lysol and Clorox wipes, both of which will kill the coronavirus. If possible, wipes should be used instead of sprays, because spray disinfectants will not always completely cover what you are using.
If your car has fabric or artificial leather upholstery, be careful to use isopropyl, soap and water. If you have artificial leather, use disinfectant wipes.
Since isopropanol is relatively easy to use, it is preferred here. Wet a soft cloth with alcohol, and then treat it on the surface of your choice. It is best to rotate the cloth to avoid simply pushing the bacteria away.
You can also use soap and water instead-this is also very effective. The only thing to remember with soap and water is to be careful not to soak the cloth upholstery with water, as that will cause mold to accumulate.
You also want to avoid foam buildup, because the foam will stay on the fabric forever, even though it is not a big problem on artificial leather.
Leather needs to be treated with care to avoid damage. The best way to clean leather is to use a small amount of detergent and water on the microfiber cloth. If there is debris on it, using ordinary cloth can sometimes scratch the leather.
Wash the leather gently with soap and water. Don’t rub too hard-if the leather is dyed, it can fade the leather.
After washing, make sure to use a good leather conditioner to protect the leather. The use of leather cleaner can keep the leather moist and soft, so as to preserve the leather for a long time.
In critical junctures, you can also use isopropyl alcohol to clean the leather, but if possible, use it with caution.
Over time, cleaning your car leather with isopropyl may damage the leather or make it fade. Alcohol will dry out leather – therefore, it must be prevented from drying out after using leather conditioners.
Touch screens and other electronic devices should not be cleaned like other surfaces in cars. The biggest difference is how you clean them.
Do not apply liquid directly on any touch screen or other electronic equipment. If possible, you should also use microfiber cloth, although ordinary soft, lint-free cloth can also be used.
Alcohol wipes will also work. We recommend that you first wipe the touch screen with a microfiber cloth to remove all debris that may scratch the screen.
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Post time: Aug-19-2020