How to clean your car during the coronavirus epidemic? Frequently and thoroughly with a keen eye on 40 spots.
Using your private car is currently the safest mode of transportation. In order to minimize the risk of infection even more, it is worth knowing all the spots in a car, where coronavirus might be present.
Available data on coronavirus suggest that it might be active on different surfaces for up to three days. From this perspective, even if we rarely use our car, regular cleaning is extremely important, especially when it comes to the 40 parts harbouring the most germs, including the potentially deadly new SARS-CoV-2. A list of surfaces that are the potential transmitter of coronavirus and other viruses counts 40 spots according to Toyota UK. It contains no-brainers like steering wheel and exterior door handles as well as various buttons and knobs.
The boot is quite important with its floor, lid and parcel shelf. All these places should be disinfected on a regular basis as they are in contact with bags from shops we visit. The rule here is simple – it is necessary to clean everything that we touch inside and outside the car, even surfaces and places with which we come into contact very rarely. In addition, not all buttons are used only by the driver, although he should be the most careful, because statistically he has the most interaction with various surfaces in the car. For this reason, pay attention to the rear passenger seats, where e.g. children tend to touch the glass with their fingers.
For thorough cleaning, it’s best to use a cleaner containing at least 70% Isopropyl Alcohol and microfiber cloth. You can also buy ready-made decontamination wipes. If we use wipes soaked with cleaning liquid, it is necessary without chlorine-containing agents, as they can discolor the upholstery in contact. Washing the surface too intensively with alcohol can also lead to discoloration of the disinfected material, e.g. plastic. Accurate disinfection involves wiping with a microfiber cloth twice on both sides of the surface sprayed with an alcohol-based agent several seconds earlier.
In addition, it is worth regularly ozonating the car, which allows you to effectively disinfect the entire interior of the vehicle. Usually this activity is done every year during the air conditioning inspection, but now it is worth carrying out it more often, e.g. once a month. This is especially important today because ozonation effectively eliminates bacteria and viruses in our car. It is definitely worth replacing the cabin filter, which you can do yourself, because an efficient air conditioning system means less risk of developing viruses and bacteria in the car in general.
What else should you pay attention to? Below is a full list of 40 points that should be regularly disinfected according to Toyota UK.