By now, we’ve all watched or read guides on how to properly wash our hands and disinfect our homes to prevent against the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), but what should you do to properly disinfect your car from the disease?
Luckily, the YouTube car community has already answered that question, with car care and detailing company Ammo NYC releasing a helpful video guide on how to properly rid your car of bacteria and germs.
Car owners will definitely want to watch the video to get the full rundown of how to properly disinfect their rides, as it is very well-made and highly detailed. Put simply, though, the best way to kill germs in your vehicle is to clean it with a general-purpose car interior cleaner and wipe it down with EPA-approved disinfectant wipes. Bleach is an effective way to kill the germs in your house, but should not be used in automotive applications, as it can damage the interior.
Ammo NYC says it is still looking into best practices for disinfecting porous cloth areas in cars without damaging the upholstery, such as the seats and headliner. As we mentioned above, bleach will damage or discolor the interior, so it’s off the table. Disinfecting wipes won’t penetrate the cloth/upholstery as well as a scrub brush might, either, so Ammo NYC is trying to come up with an alternative solution.
Additionally, car owners should be sure to wash their hands before getting in or out of their vehicle and have hand sanitizer in their car if they must still be out and about. Clean gloves and a mask are also a good thing to have in your car amid a pandemic.
Finally, Ammo NYC suggests disinfecting your car keys with sanitizing wipes as well. This is an easy part of the car to overlook when cleaning, but is extremely important, as the keys will not only be in the driver’s hand, but may trade hands between multiple people. As the video host rightly asks, when was the last time you cleaned your key fobs? The answer, probably, is never.
Check out the video embedded below for a complete rundown on how to disinfect your car and how to keep it clean as the COVID-19 crisis persists.