At Liberty Chevrolet, we fully understand the concerns our customers have about exposure to harmful bacteria and other germs. Many people in the Wakefield area have been wearing gloves, using hand sanitizer and cleansing items they purchase while running errands in order to mitigate their exposure to germs outside the home. It's easy to forget, however, than any items you load into your car are then touching your vehicle's interior. According to the World Health Organization, studies suggest that viruses and bacteria may live on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. That means that you should be sanitizing the interior of your car to kill any germs it may have collected on your last visit to the grocery store or pharmacy.
What Do I Need to Disinfect My Car's Interior?
Your Chevy model's interior likely contains a variety of materials, ranging from leather seating to the plastic dash. Therefore, you may need several tools to properly clean your vehicle, such as disinfectant wipes and leather cleaner.
What's the Best Way to Sanitize My Car's Interior?
Make sure to wash your hands prior to sanitizing your car. If you have any on hand, wear disposable gloves. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work well for sanitizing your vehicle. Just be sure to read the product's label to make sure it's safe for the surface you're planning to use it on. We recommend keeping a packet of disinfectant wipes and a small bottle of hand sanitizer in your car at all times. This way, you can wipe down high-touch areas frequently.
How to Disinfect Surfaces in My Car
The most important areas of your Chevy to keep clean are the dashboard and the steering wheel. Bacteria tends to collect in these spots, as air is cycled throughout the vehicle. To clean your dash, simply use soap and water. Dish soap is a great option -- simply dampen the surface you intend to clean, then scrub for at least 20 seconds. You'll want to frequently disinfect your dash, steering wheel and other high-touch areas in your car. These surfaces can include:
- Door Handles
- Door Buttons
- Key Fob
- Steering Wheel
- Inside Door Buttons
- Seat Belts
- Gear Shifters
- Buttons on the Dash
- Buttons for Lights
- Buttons for Windshield Wipers
- Glove Compartment
Do I Need to Disinfect My Car's Exterior?
The sun and other weather elements make it difficult for germs to live on the exterior of your Chevy. Still, it's a good idea to regularly disinfect surfaces you frequently come in contact with, such as the door handles, handle buttons and gas cap.
Are There Disinfectants I Should Avoid Using in My Car?
If you want to avoid damaging your Chevy truck, car or SUV's interior surfaces, don't use bleach or hydrogen peroxide to disinfect. These can damage the vinyl and plastics in your cabin. You should also avoid any ammonia-based cleaning products used to clean glass, as they can break down the vinyl on the dashboard. Heat and light may then cause your dashboard to become sticky.
How to Clean Leather Seats in My Car
Be sure to spot test your leather cleaner on a hidden area in your vehicle's interior to make sure that it will work properly on your specific seats. As you clean, use a microfiber cloth -- this will prevent you from scratching the leather. After cleaning, apply a leather conditioner to give your seats an extra polish. Don't have leather cleaner on hand? Making your own DIY cleaning solution is easy -- simply mix one part water with two parts vinegar.