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Car Cleaning Tips To Protect You From Coronavirus

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COVID-19 has crept into every corner of our lives and we still don’t know when it will all be over.

It is impossible to watch the news and not hear about the coronavirus.

We are always on our toes about developments about the pandemic so we can know how we can protect ourselves and our families.

As a car owner, you may not be aware, but your car is a hotbed for bacteria and germs and this means that you will be exposed to a number of them every day.

You can make every conscious effort to protect yourself from coronavirus by car cleaning.

How Does COVID-19 Spread?

According to the World Health Organization, COVID-19 can be transmitted from person to person.

Small droplets can enter our body through the nose or mouth once we come in close contact with a person with COVID-19 that coughs and exhales.

Droplets can also settle and stay on surfaces and objects.

Once you touch infected objects and you touch your face, eyes, nose, or mouth, the virus can also be transmitted.

Washing your hands is one of the best ways to protect yourself against the virus. If you can

Disinfection and cleaning can help you keep your car clean. There’s no magic COVID-19 car cleaning products–in fact most of them are already in your home. This includes alcohol, sanitizers, detergent, and bleach.

a man is disinfecting his car with a hand spray - Nola Automotive

Combine these two practices and you can protect yourself as you use your car and drive.

How To Sanitize a Car for COVID-19

You cannot steer clear of your car and swear never to go out and travel.

You would have to work, attend to your needs, and go to essential places. If you can limit your car travels, you can reduce your chance of getting infected.

Since you can never be sure that you will never use your car, staying vigilant can protect you.

Here are some tips you can take to keep your vehicle clean from the coronavirus.

Disinfecting Your Vehicle Interior to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

It would be the best practice to clean places in your car that you always touch or come in contact with.

The most obvious places are the door handles and steering wheel.

Don’t forget to add the dashboard to your must clean places in your car.

Other places can also be the inside door buttons, seat belts, touchscreens and gear shifters.

If you can do it as a daily habit, disinfecting all of these surfaces can be a good idea.

The outer parts of the car is not a place that the virus can stay for long.

The outside weather and high temperature can kill the virus faster.

But for good measures, include other door handles, gas pump handles, keypads, and other exterior points.

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Choose The Right Disinfecting Materials

Disinfecting would require the right tools. You can prepare yourself by wearing disposable or reusable gloves as you disinfect your car.

Be careful with the kinds of disinfecting liquids that you will use for your car interior.

Some disinfectants are too harsh and can dry out leather.

An option you can do to prepare your disinfectant is to prepare a mixed solution of water and soap, and combine it with a leather conditioner.

You can also check out EPA-registered household disinfectants to use for your car surfaces.

Keeping disinfectant wipes nearby can also work best for cleaning anytime.

Be Careful While Filling Up For Gas

Everybody knows that a lot of people touch gas pumps at your local gas station.

It’s probably not the most hygienic surface so you can practice extra caution.

Before going to the gas pumps, sanitize your hands and sanitize again after holding the gas pumps.

If you want to amp up the protection, you can wear disposable gloves. and trash them afterwards.

Clean Your Air Conditioning Regularly

A lot of research has been put into finding out how the coronavirus is transmitted through air.

It would not be a good idea to always keep your windows down so your air conditioning should always be clean.

There are car specialists that can help you with maintaining your car aircon, like NOLA Automotive Repairs.

car AC repair New Orleans - NOLA Automotive Repairs

With the virus not going away in no time, we now include a car sanitizing service as part of the government-mandated cleaning to prevent COVID-19.

You can expect that they will take care of everything for you. If you cannot get to an auto specialist, you can grab cleaning kits so you can sanitize your AC system.

Be Mindful Of Car Rentals, Taxis, Carpooling, and Ride-Sharing

Places and things that come in contact with many people can increase your chance of getting the virus. One possible source can be car rentals.

To be fair, car rental companies are making conscious efforts to keep their customers safe.

Carpooling is a good idea for saving on money and reducing our carbon footprint. This is a great benefit during pre-COVID situations but today, there is a big risk to health.

Keep in mind that not everyone who is positive for COVID has symptoms.

Most do not present symptoms at all so you can meet someone that looks healthy that can pass the virus to you.

You should also be careful of people living within your household, as they can also be exposed to the virus.

Wash Or Change Car Mats and Seat Covers

We love our car seat covers and car mats. It makes car rides and long rides more comfortable and bearable. cleaning car mats - NOLA Automotive Repairs

It can also harbor viruses and that includes coronavirus. Washing your car mats and seat covers can lessen the chance of infection.

If  these are made from cloth, you can wash it with the hottest water available.

If that would not work, you can spray it with disinfectant and wipe them.

Keep Child Car Seats Clean At All Times

Children still have a long way to go when it comes to hygiene (like other adults too!) If you have kids or younger family members, keep an eye out for them.

Before you place them in their car seats, you can disinfect it first.

Help them to always sanitize their hands by keeping isopropyl alcohol, sanitizer, or disinfecting wipes nearby.

Teach them to never touch their faces, especially their noses or mouth with dirty hands.

There are new developments about COVID every day.

This does not mean that we should be fearful about it, but it also means we cannot be too carefree.

Making necessary preparations can help you lessen the chances of getting COVID.

Doing so will protect you, your family, and those around you.

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