How to Keep Your Car Safe From the Corona virus COVID-19

How to keep your car clean and safe from Corona Virus COVID-19 – Picture credit: United Nations

The Corona Virus COVID-19 pandemic has reached humanity all over world. In our homes, workplaces and our cars!

As we have kitchen or bathroom hygiene, so we should have Car Hygiene!

Here are some tips to help keep your car clean and control the Corona Virus COVID-19 spreading in you car.

How washing our hands applies to killing the Corona Virus COVID-19 in cars and everything else

By now you have already learnt that washing your hands with soap ( which is a degreaser) for 20 seconds ( to be thorough) will kill the Corona Virus COVID-19.

The reason for this is that the Corona Virus COVID-19 cell wall is made from fat (lipids technically) and proteins. So if you break the Corona Virus COVID-19 walls down it is killed!

Similarly, If you use a decent All Purpose Cleaner meant for car interior surfaces you intend on cleaning and you dilute it appropriately to what you are cleaning, so as not to damage the material but clean it thoroughly, it should be enough to do the trick!

If the cleaner contains a BIOCIDE, that is a cleaner that can kill viruses, bacteria and germs microorganisms like bacteria, that will be defenitely be better.

Here is a great video that was recently published by one of the brands I use.


Practical Car Hygiene Tips:

Keeping your car clean is going to be the best and most practical preventative measure.

Qiyaam Adams, owner operator of Protouch Car Care
  1. Do not eat in your car!
    • Water from a bottle is fine – as long as there is no contact between you, your car and whatever you putting in your body! But keep hydrated!
    • Note: Crumbs and spills in general will decay causing smell and other bacterial or germ threats.
  2. The highest risk areas of the car is the areas you need make contact with often
    • Your outside door handle and upper door frame as you get in, seatbelts, keys and ignition system, steering wheel, gear shift, arm rests, inside door handles and your entertainment system controls is the high risk surfaces of your car.
    • Keeping these clean all the time is the most practical.
    • Remember, If someone sneezes, that spray will land everywhere, so a general wipedown will always be needed. Its easy to track who has been in car though and what level you need to clean at.
  3. When to wash hands
    • A practical approach would be to get your interior cleaned / disinfected so you have a general state of clean and from then on wipe the outside door handle and hands before you get in.
    • Technically the moment you open the door anything can fly in so it comes down to best effort and awareness!
  4. Keep your vehicle clean from grime and oil.
    • This type of dirt holds and harbour viruses & bacteria.
    • Your seats gets all kinds of dirt transferred to it from your own seemingly clean clothes, let alone the mechanic and it builds up! 
  5. Use rubber mats with high sills to protect your carpets from getting wet and whatever else you may tramp in.
    • Clean these rubber mats often, but make sure you put them back in dry
    • Note: Rubber is porous it can absorb liquids and also hold onto virus, bacteria etc
    • Keep your interior in general from getting wet or remaining damp. It will encourage bacteria, germs, fungi and mould all very bad for your health!
  6. Consider changing your cabin filter if you run AC a lot.
  7. Check what you are using to clean and disinfect your cars interior!
    • Make sure your disinfectant is compatible with the different surfaces present in your cars interior.
      • For example: Isopropyl Alcohol may be highly effective at eliminating Corona virus but it may damage certain surfaces.
      • Leather and rubber coated surfaces in particular will get damaged with heavy cleaners.
    • A compatible disinfectant on a microfibre or disinfecting wet wipe is a good way to clean your car yourself.
    • It is best to spray your disinfectant / cleaner into a microfibre and then wipe rather than spraying it directly onto a surface. the overspray may hit and incompatible surface or the drip may enter into your electronics.
    • Apply a protectant but avoid silicone as it holds dust and will hold virus and bacteria to your surfaces. I recommend using a water based protectant 

Our overall hygiene habits needs to change to avoid the spread and infection of not only the Corona Virus COVID-19 for this moment, but also for our future!

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