With the current COVID-19 pandemic situation, it is more important now than ever to make sure you’re disinfecting your vehicle frequently between your regular mobile detailing jobs.
Knowing what tools and disinfectants to use will not only keep you healthy but also help you avoid spending money on a discolored or damaged interior!
Where to Clean Regularly
In order to kill COVID-19, bacteria, and other pathogens that could be living on the interior surfaces of your car, it’s important to know where to clean and what to use for the best results.
Of course, you should regularly disinfect the surfaces you frequently touch, such as your steering wheel and console, but you should also be cleaning all other interior surfaces to best protect yourself from COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. (Yes, even your seatbelt buckles!)
The Right Cloth to Use
We highly recommend using a microfiber cloth for any cleaning and disinfecting you do on your car’s interior.
Using the wrong cloth, or worse a paper towel can cause micro-scratches to your interior, which will degrade the mobile detailing work you’ve had done and potentially damage your interior.
Disinfectants to Kill COVID
Soap & Water
The right disinfectants don’t need to be complicated. When it comes to protecting yourself from COVID and disinfecting your surfaces, you can’t go wrong with the tried and true soap and water. Mixing together warm water and mild soap will create a vehicle-friendly spray that you can use on your interior without worry!
Alcohol & Water
Along with soap and water, the CDC says that COVID can also be killed with 70% isopropyl alcohol solutions. While most vehicles are meant to handle exposure to isopropyl alcohol solutions, you will want to refer to your car’s manual to make sure this is appropriate for your vehicle.
With just a little caution, an alcohol and water solution can be just as cheap and effective as soap and water for killing COVID and cleaning your interior.
There are brand name options that are effective and mobile detailing work friendly; Lysol is EPA approved to kill COVID and safely clean your interior, for instance. Just make sure you know what you’re using and how it will affect your interior.
Chemicals to Avoid
You also want to avoid bleach and other harsh chemicals at all costs! These can discolor or heavily damage your car’s surfaces with even the lightest of uses.
Just like how dish soap isn’t good for a car wash, a chemical might kill COVID-19 but still not be right for your vehicle. Using the right disinfectants will help you avoid permanently damaging your interior surfaces and help preserve the detailing on your car until your next mobile detailing service.
Proper cleaning and disinfecting for your vehicle’s interior will not only protect you and your loved ones from COVID-19, but it will also prevent damage to your interior and preserve the quality of the mobile detailing services you’ve had done.
And remember, if you need mobile detailing done for your vehicle, we can come to you and provide high quality detailing services without unnecessary contact!