How to Clean the Interior of the Car to Prevent Coronavirus
Washing your hands frequently, using disinfectant gels, staying at home, or covering your mouth with the inside of your elbow when sneezing or coughing, are some of the recommendations you should follow to avoid the dreaded coronavirus. However, you should know that deep cleaning the interior of your car is just as important to prevent contagion since the vehicle interior is one of the spaces where more hours are spent a day and it is also the perfect place for the proliferation of bacteria and other microorganisms.
A simple sneeze from an infected person can cause the rest of the passengers of the vehicle to become infected since the virus is capable of surviving in external elements for several days. Therefore, if you have evidence that you have transported a person infected with the virus or you simply want to clean your car as a precaution, here are a series of tips to leave the cabin of your vehicle impeccable and protect yourself as much as possible from the coronavirus. These tips also apply to carpooling or taxis.
TIPS FOR CLEANING THE CAR INTERIOR
Doing a deep cleaning of the car is not an easy or quick task, since each part of the car must be cleaned well and some are more complicated than others. First of all, you must vacuum the cabin as best you can, so that you remove dirt, sand, hair, dust, or dirt that may be inside. If the upholstery of your car is made of leather, be careful, since, in case of having pebbles or sand in the passenger compartment, these elements could scratch the upholstery.
The mats are the elements that accumulate the most dirt inside the vehicle since we constantly step on them with dirty shoes, so they require more cleaning. If your mats are made of rubber, just take them out of the car, clean them with a pressure hose and let them dry in the sun for as long as necessary. On the other hand, if your car mats are made of fabric, you should shake them vigorously, pass them a soft bristle brush to remove the encrusted dirt, and then vacuum them to remove all traces of dirt. If dirt persists, it is advisable to rub the mats with a damp cloth or brush and let them dry in the sun.
To clean the dashboard well, use a microfiber cloth and a specific dashboard cleaner. Remember that after wiping, it is important to dry the entire area well. Also, since the dashboard has very small spaces that accumulate a lot of dust and are difficult to clean, the ideal is to use a dry brush or an ear swab to remove all the accumulated dirt.
Lastly, clean the vehicle’s vents to breathe fresh air into the cabin. To do this, it is best to use a dry brush or a vacuum cleaner. Also, don’t forget to clean the windows with glass cleaner and damp paper. If you have bought a car recently or planning to buy a used car in New Zealand you have to take precautions and check if the car is sanitized properly.
TIPS FOR TRAVELING IN A SHARED CAR
When using a shared car, you do not know who has been able to use it before you, so it is important to take a series of precautions, although normally the car-sharing company itself cleans the vehicle before it is taken by another customer. Even so, it is important that you apply these tips:
• Before getting into the car, clean your hands well with disinfectant liquid and also pass the product on the steering wheel, the gear lever, and the handbrake.
• If you sneeze, always do it against the inside of your elbow and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth during the journey.
• When you get out of the vehicle, clean your hands again with the disinfectant liquid. If you go straight home, you can also wash your hands well with soap and water.