Dos and don'ts for car cleanliness during COVID-19

While people are being encouraged to stay home and abide guidelines to help flatten the curve, it may be necessary to use your vehicle for certain essential trips. But a vehicle could be a hotbed of germs and bacteria, if not properly cleaned. That’s why you should pay special attention to high-touch point areas such as steering wheels, door handles (interior and exterior), door latches, lock buttons, radio and climate control buttons, touchscreen radios/GPS systems, and seat belts.

In addition to following government guidelines, such as wearing a mask, gloves and maintaining social distance, below are some Dos & Don’ts for when you must use your car:

DO

  • After leaving the grocery store, place your mask in a paper bag before putting it on your car seat.

  • Similarly, remove your gloves and place them in a bag before entering the vehicle. Throw the bag with the gloves away when you get home.

  • Placing your mask and gloves in a bag before entering your vehicle prevents any germs from the store that are now on the gloves/mask from being transferred to the car.

  • Carry anti-bacterial wipes to disinfect the high-touch points of the vehicle noted above, including steering wheels, door handles (interior and exterior), door latches, lock buttons, radio and climate control buttons, touchscreen radios/GPS systems, seat belts.

  • To reduce damage, use an alcohol swab to clean touch screen radios in the car.

DON’T

  • Don’t place used gloves and masks on the seats in the car after leaving the grocery store.

  • Don’t throw used plastic gloves on the ground outside of the grocery store.

  • Never spray any liquid chemicals on electronic devices in the car - this can severely damage the system and lead to a high cost to repair.

  • Don’t use bleach or hydrogen peroxide to clean - this can damage surfaces.

While nothing you do on your own is comparable to receiving a professional anti-bacterial detailing service, there are certain things you can do to help sanitise high-touch areas until you can get to a detailing professional. In addition to regular, professional anti-bacterial detailing, vehicle owners should consider Germ Defender, which minimises exposure to germs and bacteria, and has an EPA approval to keep germs and bacteria at bay for up to 90 days.