Disinfect Your Car Interior

Your personal vehicle can become a reservoir for germs. To keep your family safe and healthy, consider these tips for sanitizing your car.

Car cleaning basics

Before you begin sanitizing your vehicle, the American Automobile Association recommends thoroughly vacuuming the cabin, removing trash, and gently scrubbing the upholstery with a mild mixture of dish soap and water. Although you can purchase specialized upholstery cleaners, AAA claims that simple blends of soap and water are just as good.

Sanitizing surfaces

Disinfectant wipes are an easy way to kill germs on most surfaces in your vehicle. Make sure to pay special attention to the surfaces that you and your passengers commonly touch, including the steering wheel, switches, buttons, armrests, and door handles. If you don’t have any disinfectant wipes handy, you can also use 70-percent isopropyl rubbing alcohol.

Be mindful of different materials

Cleaning products can easily damage some surfaces in your car. For instance, paper towels and alcohol can damage some touch-screen displays. Use a specialized leather cleaner for leather seating surfaces, shifter knobs, or your vehicle’s steering wheel. If your car has vinyl or cloth seats, soap and water should be safe. Just make sure you test it on a small, inconspicuous part of the fabric. To prevent damage, don’t oversaturate any of the surfaces you’re cleaning. If the seats don’t dry properly, you could end up with a musty smell in your car. Need help detailing your car’s interior? Contact us at Evansville Kia today.