As we continue to move around during the middle of this COVID-19 outbreak, it’s important that we are taking proper precautions to ensure the safety of our family and those of us around us. Whether we are venturing off to the grocery store, doctor’s office or homes of family members, it is becoming increasingly vital that we are doing everything that we can to stop the spread of this virus. That includes properly sanitizing our cars and vehicles that we are using to go from place to place during this time. Check out these five useful tips for properly sanitizing your vehicle after each and every use.
1. Thoroughly Clean Areas with High Contact Potential
This may seem obvious, but the more places on your vehicle you touch, the higher the chance those areas are now carrying germs. That’s why it is incredibly important to wipe down and clean high contact areas such as:
- Door handles
- Steering Wheel
- Knobs and dials
- Touchscreen displays
- Key Fobs
These areas contain the highest risk factor when it comes to the potential transfer of germs to other passengers in your vehicle, so it’s extremely important that these areas are sanitized every time you enter and exit your vehicle. Another note: make sure these wipes and disinfectants contain at least 60% alcohol content as recommended by the CDC.
2. Conduct a Deep Clean of Your Vehicle
No matter how careful you are when wiping down surfaces and high contact areas in your vehicle, it’s impossible to tell how effective you’ve been with your clean. That’s why it might be a good idea to conduct a deep clean of the cabin of your vehicle. When you sneeze or cough, you are spreading germs to areas of your vehicle that you may not have realized, thus increasing the chance that your germs could spread to a passenger or family member.
Use disinfectant spray or soap to scrub areas such as the seats/headrests, armrests, center console areas and other areas inside your vehicle that are in close proximity to passengers. Taking these precautionary measures, in addition, to properly wiping down surfaces will go a long way in decreasing the likelihood that your vehicle is carrying germs.
3. Utilize Hand Sanitizer and Wash Your Hands Frequently
The best way to stop the spread of COVID-19 and other germs to your vehicle starts before you even step foot into the car. Utilizing hand sanitizer and washing your hands after exiting public areas significantly decrease the chance of bringing those germs into your vehicle. For best practices when washing your hands, please check out this article published by the CDC that breaks down how to properly disinfect your hands.
4. Wear Rubber Gloves When Necessary
Another great way to keep germs away while cleaning is to wear rubber gloves. Not only will rubber gloves protect you from messes in and around the car, but it will also prevent your hands from the chemicals in some of the cleaning products you are utilizing.
We can all do our part to keep our families and those around us safe during the COVID-19 outbreak, and making sure your car is germ-free is just one small step in that part. That’s why here at Capital Motor Cars, we are taking the highest precautionary measures to ensure safe delivery for our clients and delivery specialists. For more information on best practices and tips on how to protect yourself from Coronavirus, please once again visit the CDC website for more in-depth information.