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A Complete Guide to Cleaning & Disinfecting the Inside of Your Vehicle

Safeguarding yourself against COVID-19 entails practicing social distancing, wearing a mask when appropriate, and cleaning your home frequently. The interior of your vehicle should also be cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis to lower your risk of exposure even further. The following tips ensure you effectively sanitize your vehicle without damaging the interior or risking your own personal safety.

Wear Gloves When Cleaning

It’s possible that the interior of your vehicle contains microscopic germs, which can easily be transferred to you if you’re not careful. When used correctly, gloves prevent exposure and allow you to take the subsequent steps safely. Plastic disposable gloves are quite useful, in this case, as they can be easily discarded after cleaning.

Focus on Surfaces That Are Touched the Most

High-touch surfaces in vehicles include the steering wheel, gear shift, door handles, controls, cup holders, touchscreens, among many other areas. Concentrate your efforts on these areas first to ensure your vehicle is properly sanitized. Additionally, consider cleaning high-touch areas at least once a day, depending on how much you drive your vehicle.

Use the Right Cleaning Products

Cleaning and disinfecting is a two-step process. Start by cleaning the interior of your vehicle with mild detergent (such as dish soap), which will prevent damage to leather and vinyl. When it comes to disinfectants, steer clear of harsh substances like bleach and hydrogen peroxide. Instead, look for disinfectant wipes, which are formulated to kill germs while also being gentle enough to use in your vehicle.

Wash Your Hands When You’re Done

When your car has been properly cleaned and disinfected, discard your gloves and wash your hands using the proper procedures. Wash hands with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds, making sure to cover all surfaces evenly. When you’re finished, rinse hands thoroughly before drying.

At ABC Paint & Body, we genuinely care about the health and well-being of our customers throughout Las Cruces. That’s we’re offering the above tips, so you can rest assured that you and your family are properly protected from coronavirus. We put in the same effort when it comes to repairing your vehicle, whether you need brake service, collision repair, or vehicle maintenance. Please call 575-524-2004 today for more information or to schedule service for your vehicle.