Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 disinfecting your vehicle is more important now than it has ever been before. As well as disinfecting surfaces in your car you should also be frequently washing your hands, especially after getting home from wherever you’ve been.
It’s been recommended by the CDC (Center for Disease Control) that you use disposable gloves when disinfecting surfaces. Use soap and water to clean a dirty surface before wiping it down using alcohol based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol. It’s important to use these because other house based cleaners, such as bleach or hydrogen peroxide can damage your vehicle’s upholstery and interior surfaces.
If you have a more modern vehicle that has an infotainment screen you need to be careful with how you disinfect it. Use wipes that are made to clean touch screen surfaces, as the ammonia in regular disinfectant wipes can damage the anti-glare and anti-fingerprint coatings on your infotainment screen.
Here’s a checklist of items that should be disinfected regularly
- Steering wheel
- Key and remote fob
- Exterior door handles
- Trunk lid or lift gate grab areas
- Interior door pulls, both sides and interior door panels
- Start button, if equipped
- Rear view mirror, back and edges
- HVAC vents
- Gear selector
- Turn signal lever
- Windshield wiper controls
- Center stack knobs
- Center console and armrest
- Seat belt and buckle. Avoid harsh cleaners on the belt itself, they can degrade the fibres and the belt’s strength
- Parking brake handle, parking brake or release lever
If a vehicle requires more attention, remember that automotive dealerships and their service departments are deemed essential services while many businesses around the country are closed in response to government mandates aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19. As a result, Briggs Nissan is still up and running, offering all the services your car could need.