Tips to disinfect your car
As the Covid-19 virus keeps infecting the world, we should keep working to minimise its spread. You should consider cleaning the interior of your car for when you have to drive for an essential task. The following are some tips to clean the car interior properly to avoid infection.
First things first
Before starting any cleaning work, the government recommends using personal protective equipment (PPE). This includes disposable gloves, disposable apron, goggles to protect eyes and a mask to protect the mouth and nose.
For a decent cleaning you require a bleach-free household disinfectant and two bin liners. With shops closed during lockdown, these household items are sufficient for the job. Before cleaning the interior just give the door handles a good wipe down.
Driver's Seat Area
The first major section is the driver’s seat which is most exposed to human contact. Start from the steering wheel and include all those out of sight areas. Don’t forget to rub the horn and infotainment installed on the steering wheel. After that, clean the indicators, windscreen wipers, and headlight controls. Also, clean the car keys as a precautionary measure.
Next up is the dashboard area. This is another part of the car that which comes into regular contact with people. The radio control, infotainment, and heating controls should all be wiped properly. Also, you should make sure the gear and the handbrake stick is properly scrubbed. Lastly, make sure the air vents and their grips are aired and cleaned accordingly.
As well as the seat itself, the next section to clean includes the seat belts, clips, seat adjustment controls, seat pockets, and headrests. Don't leave any of the more obscure areas of the seats left to carry potential infection. This is an area of the car that will inevitably come into contact with people.
Car doors can be covered in germs. Therefore, you should ensure you give these areas a good clean. While disinfecting, pay good attention to door handles, window switches, door pockets, grab handles, and interior lights.
Reduce the germ count by cleaning the glove box, cup holders, bonnet release lever, parcel shelf, and boot floor tab. Often, people will ignore these areas when cleaning so try to disinfect them to reduce the chance of infection.
Bag the cleaning aprons and gloves in double bin liners and store them in a safe place for at least three days before throwing them away.
In case you haven’t used disposable protective clothing, you can wash the items as per instructions of the manufacturer. Wash your hands with soap at least for 20 seconds after removing protective clothing. Stay safe and take good care of yourself in these trying times.