If you’re venturing out, here are a few things you can do to disinfect your car during the coronavirus outbreak:
This is good practice year-round, but it’s especially important during health crises or even during the usual cold and flu season. Keep a stash of hand sanitizer in your car to disinfect your hands as soon as you get back inside your vehicle and lock the doors. Try to remember to sanitize your hands before starting up the engine or touching other controls.
Remember: according to the CDC, hand sanitizer must contain at least 60% alcohol to be effective.
For hard surfaces, bleach- or alcohol-based disinfecting wipes are a great tool for cleaning. Here are a few areas you should give special consideration to:
If you have leather accents on any of these, or a leather steering wheel, you should check your car’s manual for cleaning instructions and tips, and always spot test products in a hidden area to make sure it is suitable for the material.
In general, you should vacuum your car every three to four weeks to prevent buildup of debris and protect your resale value. In times like these, it’s especially important to vacuum up dirt, dust, and debris to keep the air in your car as clean as possible.
Once you’ve lifted dirt from the surface of your seats and carpets, you can use a disinfecting spray on most surfaces, even cloth seats. Again, you should always spot test products in a hidden area to make sure it is suitable for the material, particularly if you have leather seats,
If your car has a touch screen or another trackpad, you should avoid using standard wipes or sprays as any liquid droplets that linger behind can damage the screen and affect the screen’s ability to function. Most experts recommend using alcohol wipes instead, but you should check your driver’s manual for specific recommendations for your vehicle.
V&F Auto Sales has been serving the Western Mass community since 1988. As a family-owned and operated business, we treat our customers like family. Whether you are using our free shuttle for car service, needing assistance getting a part on time, or searching for your next family vehicle, our team will go above and beyond to meet your needs. Call us at (413)314-2280 or schedule an appointment online.