What Not to Do:
To get started, some options should be avoided at all costs. Both bleach and hydrogen peroxide, for example, can do damage to your car's upholstery. Another group to avoid are cleaners with an ammonia base. These can cause damage to touch screens by removing their anti-fingerprint and anti-glare coatings. Moreover, avoid anything abrasive when disinfecting a touchscreen device, including paper towels or tissues. Finally, don't treat all surfaces the same.
What You Should Do to Clean Your Car for Coronavirus:
First, wear gloves if cleaning your car. The Centers for Disease Control specifically suggests the following:
"Gloves and any other disposable PPE used for cleaning and disinfecting the vehicle should be removed and disposed of after cleaning; wash hands immediately after removal of gloves and PPE with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available."cdc.gov
Try Alcohol Solutions
The CDC suggests cleaning with alcohol-based solutions of 70% alcohol is most effective. Alcohol not only kills Coronavirus, but it's friendly to most vehicle surfaces. Just be sure to keep it away from the leather. Most leather has a protective layer, but unless you know the manufacturer's specifications, it's much better off to be safe rather than sorry.
A Soap & Water Mixture
Another versatile solution which works on many surfaces, including your leather seats, is a basic mixture of water and soap. Just don't scrub too aggressively, or get the fabrics too wet.
100% Cotton T-Shirts or Microfiber Towels
Generally speaking, old cotton t-shirts and/or microfiber towels are a useful solution that can be used almost anywhere.
Regarding Leather Surfaces
Although leather has been repeatedly mentioned above, it's worth repeating. Avoid ammonia-based cleaners, bleach, alcohol, and hydrogen peroxide. Leather cleaning wipes are ideal, but applying water and soap with a damp cloth is likely to do the trick.
Stopping the Spread of Coronavirus
Ideally, the strongest solution to stop the spread of Coronavirus is to simply stay home and not share your vehicle. If you must, however, share a car, drive a rental, get your car serviced, or transport others, then frequent cleaning and disinfecting is the most effective way to keep yourself and others safe.
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Of course, if you are truly concerned, a professional cleaning or detailing will be the most thorough solution. Contact us for a full list of cleaning services currently on offer.