COVID-19: How to Clean Your Car Without Damaging the Interior

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As the NHS points out, germs can also spread if you touch unclean surfaces. So, while you should certainly keep a distance from people you come across outside and wash your hands frequently, it’s also vital that you keep the surfaces of your used car in UAE disinfected to prevent transmission. has prepared this guide to help you keep your car clean and disinfected. 

How and why you should clean your car?

Before getting started on sanitising your car, it’s a good idea to wear disposable gloves. It is advised that you clean germ hotspots regularly. And if your car looks clean, it doesn’t mean that it’s germ-free. You should clean the frequently touched surfaces every day, especially if you drive to work or the supermarket daily. Basically, while you are out, you can come in contact with germs. There is a risk that they can follow you back into your vehicle.

Which parts should you wipe down daily?

According to a study by the National Centre of Biotechnology Information, the interior of a car can be abundant in germs. The steering wheel of a car harbours the most germs as it is touched constantly. So, you must use a disinfectant to clean the steering wheel daily.

Other things that you should clean every day include the interior and exterior door handles, the gear shifter, the rearview mirror, center consoles, the climate control buttons, the radio knobs, floor mats, and the A/C vents.

Clean the car’s leather with materials that are specifically made for the purpose. The touchscreens can be cleaned with microfiber cloths. For the dash and door panels, you can use a disinfectant wipe. And lastly, clean the key fob too. For the carpet and mats, you can use a vacuum. You can also spray some disinfectant on a microfiber cloth or a terry washcloth and wipe it over the carpets.

What not to use on your car

Be very careful with the things you use to clean your vehicle. Steer clear of all kinds of bleach, hydrogen peroxide and alcohol-heavy products as far as the interior of your car is concerned. That’s because even though these chemicals will get rid of the coronavirus germs, they may also damage the vinyl and plastics. Similarly, you must also not use ammonia-based cleaning products. If you are not sure, you can check out EPA approved products for killing the virus.

Once you are done, clean your hands properly. In fact, to be on the safe side, it might also be a good idea to take a shower and change into new clothes.

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