How to Sanitize Your Car or Truck to Stay Safe and Healthy

As COVID-19 remains a very real threat in everyday life, many people are taking a hard look at ways to be more sanitary in their daily life. We rigorously sanitize our hands, bleach wipe surfaces, and socially distance from others but oftentimes our vehicles are neglected in our efforts to stay safe and healthy. Whether you are looking to stay healthy in a personal vehicle, or clean up fleet vehicles that have potentially had sick passengers in them, in this article we’ll look at a few steps you can do to make sure you know how to sanitize your car.

Step 1: Take Precautions

As you sanitize your car, you will be frequently handling high-frequency touchpoints that may have been exposed to the virus. COVID-19 can survive on surfaces for days, particularly on the hard plastics, metals, and vinyl that typically are in vehicle interiors. Wear gloves while cleaning to prevent your attempt to make your vehicle safe in fact threatening your safety.

Step 2: Vacuum

When looking for ways to sanitize a car, our focus is on germs. Thus, vacuuming is a necessary part of cleaning an interior and will make more direct sanitizing easier down the line. As COVID-19 transmission most commonly occurs through particles in the air, vacuuming can be an important step to eliminate any lingering infection that may be settled onto surfaces before airflow stirs them back into the air.

Step 3: Right Tools

Bleach wipes and disinfectants may be our go-to solution for most things, but sanitizing your car with these cleaning agents may cause long-term damage to your interior. Rather than setting in right away with harsh disinfectant wipes, our first tool will be standard dish soap and water. These light detergents are much easier on fabrics and surfaces than harsh bleach. Plus, they will lessen debris and germs before disinfecting. Have disinfecting spray on-hand as well so that we can ensure the disinfecting of any particulates that soap will miss.

Step 4: High Touchpoint Surfaces

Think about your cockpit area. What buttons and surfaces do you tough regularly? Make sure you get every area. Door handles, steering wheel, gear shift, console buttons, and even armrests potentially carry risk and need to be cleaned. Start at your driver’s seat, then move to the passenger seat. Though there are less high touch point surfaces in backseats, these areas need attention as well. After you have cleaned all touchpoint surfaces, look over again and make sure you haven’t missed anything. Since so many motions while driving are based on muscle memory, it can be easy to overlook something. Once you are satisfied that you have done a comprehensive cleaning on your car’s interior, move to the outside. Door handles, trunk latches and even keys can’t be neglected.

Step 5: Disinfecting

With touchpoint surfaces cleaned, a quick once over with disinfecting spray can ensure that any viral particles are neutralized. Avoid spraying too directly in one area. Though disinfectant spray is not as harsh as wipes, it is designed to be misted rather than sprayed directly. Your diligent cleaning with soap will mean that only a slight mist of the interior is required, but make sure to mist all areas of the vehicle.

Learn More About Sanitizing Your Car or Truck to Stay Safe and Healthy

If you follow these steps, you will be protected in an area that we often neglect. Whether you are sanitizing your personal vehicle or a fleet vehicle, your automobile takes you reliably where you need to go.  Now you can rest easy that you’re not transporting hazardous particles where they don’t need to go along with you.

Tropical Chevrolet auto body is here should you need help or have questions along the way.  Should anything go wrong, or if for any other reason you need to reach out, don’t hesitate to call us at (305) 908-5548 or make an appointment!

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