Cleaning is a habit that has become much more important around the world during this 2020 due to the Covid-19 Coronavirus. And the new protocols and recommendations for cleaning and prevention that have emerged from there have also had an impact on the care of our cars.

Back in the days all was about having a clean and shiny car on the outside; but  now we must pay more attention to the interior.

 It can be believed that being a closed space, the car is not exposed to polluting agents, bacteria and dirt, but it is not! This condition means that the risk is there, added to the fact that many of the parts of the car are made of plastic and stainless steel; and that the contact between the passenger and car is permanent.

Remember that viruses and bacteria stay longer on hard surfaces like plastic and stainless steel (72 hours according to the New England Journal of Medicine), and guess what? yes, the interior of our car has a lot of these materials.

In addition to washing the exterior, vacuuming the internal surfaces and taking the usual steps you use to clean your vehicle, these are:

The parts of the car that you should pay the most attention to:

 

 

Steering wheel: You probably already read that it is the place that harbors more bacteria than the cell phone screen, than a public toilet, and the buttons of a public elevator. So cleaning this part of your car should become a frequent habit.

Other parts are:

  • Door handles
  • the gear lever
  • Seat belt
  • Switches
  • screen
  • Other buttons
  • And we can not forget the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), here there is a filter that is in charge of trapping dust and impurities from the outside and prevents them from entering the car through the air conditioner.
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Avoid damaging your car with the wrong cleaning products

 

 

Choose the right products for cleaning your car;if not you can leave everything very clean but at the same time you can have a great damage to the interior of your car:

  • Chlorine: damages surfaces, make it lose color and can cause changes in texture.
  • Solvents such as: Acetone, alcohol, kerosene, etc.
  • Avoid using products with ammonia
  • Beware of in-dash sprays: if not used correctly they can damage electrical commands.

 

What products to use to clean and disinfect the interior of your vehicle?

  • Water
  • non-corrosive soap with neutral pH
  • Isopropyl alcohol or ethyl alcohol (70%)
  • Specialized products for this use
  • A clean microfiber cloth or soft cloth.

 

VERY IMPORTANT TIPS BEFORE CLEANING the interior of your car

  •  If you are goin to use a disinfectant or cleaning product, the first step you have to do is make a test on the surface you want to clean.
  • Read your car’s manual for recommended cleaning solutions. some cars may have certain delicate materials, you don’t want to ruin them.
  • Ask your trusted workshop, they also have a lot of experience and good advice that can help.
  • Keep within reach a hand sanitizer, which can be used by everyone before go into your car.

We hope this information is very useful to you!