By now, you’re probably well aware of the effects regular handwashing and disinfecting high-touch surfaces have in helping stop the spread of COVID-19.
To support our neighbors throughout Trevose, Bensalem, Langhorne, and Philadelphia, we here at Faulkner Mazda Trevose thought it beneficial to discuss something we know a lot about: cars.
To learn how to properly disinfect your car, check out our helpful guide and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions!
While social distancing has drastically reduced travel, most of us still have to venture outside the home. Whether you’re an essential worker or simply need to refill the pantry, our cars continue to play a vital role in our daily lives.
Ideally, you should wash your hands before entering your car and then give them a second scrub immediately after arriving home. Once your hands are disinfected, devote a few minutes to cleaning your entire car, paying special attention to the areas you most frequently come into contact with.
While you probably always remember to wash your hands, you also need to think about the items you place inside your car. These include your purse, backpacks, smartphone, etc.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), any cleaning solution that contains at least 70% isopropyl alcohol is most effective at destroying all traces of coronavirus.*
It’s also safe to use household bleach as long as you properly dilute the solution with warm water. For best results, mix five tablespoons of bleach for every one gallon of water. This will effectively kill the COVID-19 virus without damaging your car.
It’s best to limit your use of isopropyl alcohol and bleach to non-porous surfaces, like exterior door handles, hard plastic, and glass. Leather and cloth surfaces can permanently fade or discolor if they come into contact with heavy amounts of bleach.
It’s true that cloth materials can also carry the virus for a period of time. To keep both you and your car’s interior protected, it’s best to use a gentle soap and water applied with a sponge to scrub away any trace of COVID-19.
Antiseptic wipes can also be used in moderation, but we advise immediately patting the surface dry with a rag or microfiber cloth.
Depending on what your state and local guidelines allow, an automatic car wash is a simple and effective way to disinfect the outside of your car. It also can provide a squeaky-clean boost to your day.
It’s best to avoid any private car wash that requires you to exit your car. Likewise, self-serve handwashing bays also should be avoided along with public vacuums.
From special curbside maintenance to online sales and financing tools, our team remains ready to help you stay happy and healthy on the road.
If you’re looking for automotive support or simply have a few questions, please don’t hesitate to call or contact us online.