How to Clean Your Car for Coronavirus

At Rick Hill Porsche, we fully understand the concerns our customers have about exposure to COVID-19, or coronavirus. Many people in Kingsport, TN, are wearing gloves, frequently using hand sanitizer and sanitizing new items they purchase as they run errands to reduce their exposure to germs outside of their home. However, what about the interior of your car? According to the World Health Organization, studies suggest that the coronavirus may live on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. That means that you should be sanitizing the interior of your car to kill any germs it may have collected on your last visit to the grocery store or pharmacy.

How Long Does the Coronavirus Survive on Surfaces?

As a car owner, you might notice that your car’s interior contains a variety of difference surfaces. From a plastic dash to soft leather seats, it can be a challenge disinfecting your car. That’s why you might need different tools for washing your car. According to the National Institutes of Health, the virus that causes COVID-19 is stable for up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic or stainless steel. Another study suggests that similar viruses can live on “inanimate surfaces like metal, glass or plastic for up to nine days.”

What’s the Best Way to Sanitize My Car’s Interior?

Before you begin, be sure to wash your hands. And if available, put on a pair of disposable gloves. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work well for sanitizing your vehicle. Just be sure to read the product’s label to make sure it’s safe for the surface you’re planning to use it on. It’s also smart to keep a small bottle of hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes in your car in order to sanitize it frequently.

How to Disinfect Surfaces in My Car

The most important areas of your Porsche to keep clean are the dashboard and the steering wheel. Bacteria tends to collect in these spots, as air is cycled throughout the vehicle. To clean your dash, simply use soap and water. Dish soap works fine — just dampen the surface and scrub for 20-30 seconds. Wipe your dash and steering wheel with a disinfecting product and focus on high-touch areas within your car. These surfaces can include:

  • Door Handles
  • Door Buttons
  • Key Fob
  • Steering Wheel
  • Inside Door Buttons
  • Seat Belts
  • Gear Shifters
  • Touchscreens
  • Buttons on the Dash
  • Buttons for Lights
  • Buttons for Windshield Wipers
  • Glove Compartment

Do I Need to Disinfect My Car’s Exterior?

Germs are less likely to live on the outside of your vehicle due to weather elements, including the sun. It’s smart to disinfect areas you touch frequently, however. Areas such as door handles, handle buttons and your vehicle’s gas cap are good places to start.

Are There Disinfectants I Should Avoid Using in My Car?

If you want to avoid damaging your Porsche model’s interior surfaces, don’t use bleach or hydrogen peroxide to disinfect. These can damage the vinyl and plastics in your cabin. You should also avoid any ammonia-based cleaning products used to clean glass, as they can break down the vinyl on the dashboard. Heat and light may then cause your dashboard to become sticky.

How to Clean Leather Seats in My Car

Before you begin, make sure to spot test your leather cleaner on a hidden area to ensure it will work well for your seats. When you’re using leather cleaner, use a microfiber cloth to avoid scratching the leather. If you don’t have leather cleaner on hand, mixing two parts of vinegar with one part water works well for an immediate solution. And if possible, apply leather conditioner after cleaning.

Here at Rick Hill Porsche, we want to do our part to help educate our customers and keep them safe and healthy during this difficult time. If you have any questions about car care or need assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Porsche dealership in Kingsport, TN.