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How to protect your car from the coronavirus

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How the Coronavirus transmits

The World Health Organization states that people can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The infection can be transmitted from one person to another through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when an infected person coughs or exhales. The virus is mainly transmitted through respiratory droplets rather than through the air. Also, the droplets can fall and settle on different objects and surfaces, and if someone touches them and then touches their eyes, nose or mouth, the person is likely to be infected too. 

Washing your hands

Escaping close communication with society and carefully washing your hands are the best means of preventing the infection. Clean your hands regularly. Even after properly cleaning your car, if your hands are dirty, you put the microbes directly on an already hygienic surface. But clean hands only are not the proper solution, since you still touch contaminated surfaces. The proper precautions should be taken because both rental and personal vehicles are all prone to coronavirus spread.

How viruses can spread in a car

Inside a car interior, you are usually surrounded by many different types of surfaces: cloth, plastic, leather and wooden. The disease can spread while sharing air space with an infected passenger, the surfaces it touched, or even air space after an infected person has left. Some early studies indicate that the virus may persist in the air for three hours and two to nine days on PVC, aluminum, glass, wood and plastic surfaces. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention warns that surfaces touched be cleaned and disinfected daily. That’s why knowing how to disinfect car upholstery is essential.

What is the best way to clean your car to reduce coronavirus presence?

Focus on the common touchpoints of the car

Car keys

Your car keys are the primary source of germs since you touch them both inside and outside of your car, they roam with you throughout the whole day from house to your car and your office. Therefore, it is important that this object, which passes with us through many trials and germs, at least once a day is cleansed. Having a car hand sanitizer dispenser is a correct solution.

Door handles and control switches

The more you touch something in a car – the more germs this surface or this object has. For example, think about your steering control wheel. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, a steering wheel can be even dirtier than a toilet seat. Maybe it’s even the reason why you sometimes catch a runny nose. Moreover, there are also dashboard controls and doorknobs that are often being touched. As they say, you don’t know where an individual’s hands were. Gas pump handles and keypads at gas stations are also places to watch out for.

Air inside cabin

Some germs like to hang out in the air. If you are the type of person who keeps leaving their windows curled up, there is a good chance that your car’s air contains some of the pollutants caught inside. The air constantly circulates inside your car, allowing microorganisms to contaminate your automobile, so using a correct car air conditioner sanitizer and deodorizer should do the trick.

Disinfection of surfaces

  • The brush and a vacuum cleaner – food fragments and other small particles often increase infectious growth. Eliminating these particles by thorough cleaning and vacuuming is recommended, though it is not the kind of activity you should do every week – once a month can do a trick. Having vehicle disinfection mats is also recommended.
  • Removal of potentially hazardous germs – using disinfectant wipes to clean any interior surfaces such as the console, mug holders, and inner handles and buttons. Of course, it is impossible to reach each individual microbe on the hard surfaces of your auto. For this reason, it is best to use a misting agent to destroy bacteria that are difficult to reach. We suggest you spend extra time cleaning the steering wheel and keeping a car cup holder hand sanitizer nearby.
  • How to disinfect leather car seats – some of the most effective disinfectants may likely damage the skin in your vehicle, so it is recommended to use a weak soap and water blend or to mix it with a leather conditioner. Soap does not kill microbes and viruses, lowers the risk of the disease spreading.

Cleaning of ventilation holes + deodorization

Over time, a layer of mud and dust will form in the air vents of each car, and this debris can lead to the unpleasant odor in the cabin. Besides, microbes like to hide in small, inaccessible places, such as car air vents. The shady, warm and damp environment inside a/c system blowers is the main nutrient for germs and bacteria. As UV light cannot penetrate the ventilation system, it is very important to clean this area yourself with first-class cleaning merchandise. Adding disinfectant spray for a car air conditioner can solve this problem, or you and your car passengers are likely to breathe germs whenever you use your heater or a/c system.

If you want a Tesla level air purifier, we recommend installing a HEPA filter in your air conditioning system. After installation, it is a 100% passive system, there are no moving parts. Standards require that the HEPA air filter must remove air that passes through at least 99.97% of the particles with a diameter of 0.3 µm; combined with car air sanitizer should be more than enough to be safe.

COVID-19

Stay safe

Worrying about your health is good, and you need to do it in every way possible, so cleaning your car is an important and necessary step for the well-being of the whole family. But now you are prepared and know how to disinfect the car interior.

Any cleaning work is recommended with gloves and a 3M 9501 mask on.