Below are some of the steps that AMG Automotive Installations found car manufacturers and car dealerships are using to disinfect their vehicles. Vehicle interiors are often made from many different surfaces and materials so cleaning without damaging is important. It is important to note it is up to the end user to do their due diligence in regards to cleaning their vehicle and AMG is not health or detialing expert, and that there are many additional precautions recommended by the CDC to prevent the spread of viruses such as COVID-19.
Disinfecting Your Car - Choose the Right Materials The first step to cleaning and disinfecting your car interior is to choose the cleaning agents and materials you will use. Depending on whether you have leather, cloth, or imitation leather upholstery, steps and cleaning agents will vary. This section will cover choosing cleaning agents for different materials to make sure Iowa drivers' cars are disinfected without unnecessary damage. Isopropyl alcohol is a proven disinfectant, and is also safe to use on most car interior surfaces. In fact, it is used in many production plants to put a final touch on interior components before they are shipped out. Isopropyl alcohol will remove many stains, smudges and residues, as well as kill bacteria and viruses. However, that stain removing quality can also cause problems with leather. If your vehicle has a leather interior, it probably has a thin protective coating to prevent discoloration. Isopropyl alcohol can deteriorate that coating and even remove the dye from the leather itself. We have special instructions for cleaning leather surfaces below. It is safe and easy to use isopropyl alcohol that is 70% or higher to wipe down hard surfaces in your vehicle. That includes steering wheel, dash, armrests, console, seat adjusters, shifter, cupholders, doors, handles, and more. Alcohol is also suitable for cleaning imitation leather upholstery. Everything listed above is a "high touch" area, which you should prioritize when disinfecting. Things like the ventilation grilles and knobs, as well as the rearview 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. Cleaning Leather Interior 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 from COVID-19. This is not only because soap can kill the virus, but also because the friction of washing contributes as well. Washing gently with soap and water is effective, and will also protect your leather upholstery.
Steps for Cleaning & Disinfecting You Car Interior Car interiors are engineered to be durable, and expected to hold up to years of wear and tear. However, rough scrubbing or the use of incorrect cleaning agents can lead to scratches and discoloration. A wipe with alcohol on hard surfaces and gentle circular cleaning on upholstery are best practices for both cleaning and maintaining your car interior. One important thing to avoid, is using too much water when cleaning your seats. Especially when it comes to cloth interior, excess water can seep into the cushions. This can cause the growth of mold and that musty smell you get if you leave your windows open in the rain. When washing the seats of your car, it is best to wet a cloth or sponge with soap and water and gently wipe the seats in a circular motion. You do not want to leave excess soap or water, as it can take a long time to dry. Isopropyl alcohol can safely be used on non-leather seats, but it is only ideal for imitation leather. If you are not sick, and haven't had anyone sick in your car, don't get too worried about doing this repeatedly. However, now is a great time to start with a clean and disinfected car. Experts recommend that once your car's interior is disinfected, it is important to wash your hands before getting in. This will help keep your car a clean place, and reduce the chance of a virus making it into your vehicle. The steering wheel is one of the dirtiest places in your car due to constant touching, and having clean hands will go a long way to keeping it clean after being disinfected. If you believe you have had someone with COVID-19 in your vehicle, you should disinfect and call your doctor for next steps. They believe that the virus can survive in the air for up to three hours, and on surfaces for much longer, so it is best to be cautious if you believe your vehicle has been exposed.
We spend a lot of time in our vehicles so it's important to clean them as often as possible just like anything else.
We hope this information that we have gathered online from multiple sources has been helpful. And just a reminder to wash your hands often and be safe.