This article will teach you how to disinfect your car. In it, you’ll learn about the best methods to kill germs and keep your car as clean as possible. With these easy steps, your car will be disinfected and ready to roll!
Step 1: Acquire Cleaning Supplies
Let’s get started! When disinfecting a car, you will want to use the proper products and supplies. Before beginning, make sure you have the necessary items on hand.
These items include a car vacuum, three to five microfiber towels, dish soap and water, and isopropyl alcohol or disinfecting wipes. If possible, use disposable gloves.
You probably already have most of these items in your kitchen or your garage.
Before beginning the disinfecting process, vacuum your car. Vacuuming itself will not disinfect the car, but it will make the disinfecting process easier and more effective.
Step 2: Vacuum the Car
Vacuum the carpets, seats, console, cup holders, dashboard, and any other surfaces that collect dust. Investing in a car vacuum cleaner would be a great idea, and would make for a much easier car cleaning experience!
When finished, wash your hands using soap and water or hand sanitizer.
Step 3: Clean Entire Interior with Liquid Dish Soap, Water, and a Microfiber Towel
First, add a few drops of dish soap to a bucket of warm or cold water. Then, dip your microfiber towel into the bucket. Work from the top of your car to the bottom. This will guarantee you get all of the surfaces. Wipe down your sun visors, dashboard, steering wheel, console, door handles, and seat belts.
Use the soap and water sparingly. Too much water could agitate the material on the car seats, whether it is leather or fabric. Avoid excess suds and water and do not scrub hard.
Continue dipping your towel into the bucket to maintain cleanliness. Rinse and ring the microfiber towel. If it begins to look dirty, replace it with a completely clean towel.
Our advice would be to use a new clean towel for each section of the car. Use one for the driver’s seat area. Then, use one for the passenger seat area. When finished with the front of the car, use one or two for the back seats and trunk.
When finished, wash your hands using soap and water or hand sanitizer. Also be sure to throw those microfiber towels in the washing machine, if you plan to reuse them.
Step 4: Use Disinfectant Wipes to Disinfect High-Touch Surfaces
During this step, pay attention to the high touch areas in your car. Always scrub gently and circularly to avoid any damage or discoloration.
Isopropyl alcohol is a disinfectant and is safe to use on non-leather seats. If the car has leather seats, alcohol-based cleaners could cause damage or discoloration. With that in mind, the combination of soap and water in Step 3 would be sufficient for the disinfecting process. Alternatively, you can use a leather cleaner after disinfecting the leather with soap and water.
If you are worried about damage or discoloration on other parts of the car, test the disinfectant on a small part of your steering wheel. Then, wipe it off. If there is no damage, continue on!
Use disinfectant wipes or isopropyl alcohol solution with a microfiber towel to clean all the surfaces. Make sure to disinfect the entire steering wheel. This includes navigation, cruise control, stereo control, the gear lever, and the turn signals.
After that, disinfect the center console, armrests, cupholders, air conditioners, display screens, the door handles, grab handles, seat belts, buttons, seat adjusters, and any other areas of the car that you touch frequently.
Step 5: Wash Your Hands Thoroughly After You Finish Disinfecting Your Car
Before touching your face, wash your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with soap and water, per CDC guidelines. If you do not have soap readily available, use hand sanitizer. In the future, always wash your hands before entering your vehicle. This will help maintain cleanliness.
Step 6: Ensure you take your car to a mechanic who has your health and safety as their top priority
FJ Manning work hard to ensure that when you book your car into our workshop, that we maintain cleanliness and limit contamination risk. We disinfect your steering wheels, and give areas that were touched inside your car a good wipe down. Here at FJ Manning we also use Wynn’s Aircomatic. This is an ultrasonic antibacterial disinfectant for your car air conditioning system. It kills all germs and bacteria that can grow and breed in your air conditioning system.