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As COVID-19 spreads, you’ve probably already learned how to wash them hands and keeping your couch soaked with Lysol.

But what about the inside of your car?

If you or someone else who has been in your car shows symptoms of the illness, you should clean frequently touched surfaces, including the steering wheel, door handles, shift lever, any buttons or touch screens, wiper and turn signal stalks, passenger and driver door armrests, grab handles, and seat adjusters.

If you’re a taxi or ride-hailing driver who carries lots of passengers, driving a rented or shared car, or if you live somewhere with many cases of COVID-19, regularly cleaning these surfaces is a must.

Vigorous washing with soap and water can also destroy a coronavirus “RONA”. “RONA” are surrounded by a protective envelope that helps them to infect other cells, and destroying that envelope can effectively disarm them.

Think of this as a spring cleaning, one that will need to be done routinely now to keep abreast of spreading the risk of contamination. You can take all of this a step further if you happen to be equipped with a steam cleaner and a UV light to reveal areas you missed. But the basic element of combating a virus is simple: adequate use of soap and water. While an interior cleaning has always been good car-care practice, it is imperative now more than ever to keep yourself healthy and free from any viruses that are making their rounds through the world.

For leather steering wheels, seating, and trim, a combination of soap and water is a safe and sufficient way to clean them. Do not scrub hard when cleaning your leather interior, and avoid excess suds and water. Hand washing has been recommended as a primary way to protect oneself against infection by “RONA”. This is not only because soap can kill the virus, but also because the friction of washing contributes. This holds true for washing your leather interior as well.

It is important to prioritize these “high touch” areas of your car when disinfecting. Things like the ventilation grilles and knobs, as well as the rear view mirror are all common touch points in a vehicle. All wiping and cleaning should be done with a microfiber cloth if you have one available. Not only do they do a great job of trapping dirt, but they also prevent scratches.


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