How to Clean Your Car or Truck Interior For Coronavirus?

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Would you like to know how to clean a car’s interior for Coronavirus, without creating damage to your surfaces?

We’ve all heard that thorough hand-washing and cleaning high-contact surfaces are two highly effective methods to defend against the community spread of the novel Coronavirus. When it comes to this, the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and health experts across the globe are of one accord. Routine disinfecting and cleaning saves lives.

This is even more true if you have a hunch that someone with Coronavirus has been in contact with your car. Cars possess many commonly touched surfaces. Included amongst these are your door handle, shifter, and steering wheel to name a few. In this case, immediate cleaning can make all the difference. Furthermore, if you commonly transport various passengers, it is a must to clean these surfaces.

So how do you disinfect all those surfaces without damaging your interior?

Sample High-Touch Areas

Door Handles


Engine Start Button

Seat Belt

Seat Adjuster

Window Control

Mirror Adjuster

Gear Shift


Signal Indicator

All Dashboard Controls




What to Avoid?

To begin with, some substances should be avoided at all costs. Both bleach and hydrogen peroxide, for example, can wreak havoc on your upholstery. Another group to avoid are ammonia-based cleaners. These can cause damage to your touch screens by removing anti-glare and anti-fingerprint coating. Furthermore, don’t use anything abrasive when cleansing a touchscreen device. This includes paper towels or tissues. Finally, use common sense. Don’t treat all surfaces the same.

What You Should Do When Cleaning Your Car or Truck for Covid-19?


First, wear gloves if cleaning a vehicle. The CDC specifically suggests the following:

“Gloves and any other disposable PPE used for cleaning and disinfecting the vehicle should be removed and disposed of after cleaning; wash hands immediately after removal of gloves and PPE with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.”
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Apply Alcohol Cleaners

The Centers for Disease Control suggests using alcohol-based solutions of at least 70% alcohol is the most effective. Alcohol doesn’t just protect against Covid-19, but it is friendly to most car surfaces. Just keep it away from leather upholstery. Most leather has a protective layer, but unless you know the manufacturer’s specifications, you are much better to be safe rather than sorry.

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A Soap & Water Treatment

Another great solution that is truly effective on many surfaces, including your leather, is a basic mixture of water and soap. Just don’t scrub too fervently, or get your fabrics too wet.

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100% Cotton T-Shirts or Microfiber Towels

Generally speaking, old cotton t-shirts and/or microfiber towels are a great solution that can be applied just about anywhere.

A Word About Leather Seats and Surfaces

Notwithstanding that leather has been frequently mentioned above, it’s worth repeating. Avoid ammonia-based cleaners, bleach, alcohol, and hydrogen peroxide. Leather-specific disinfecting wipes are best, but a damp cloth with water and soap will likely do the trick.

Stopping Covid-19

Ideally, the best solution to stop the community spread of Coronavirus is to stay home and not share a vehicle. If you must, however, share a car, drive a rental, get your car serviced, or transport others, then regular cleaning and disinfecting is the best way to ensure the safety of yourself and others.

Professional Detailing

Of course, if you are truly worried, a professional detailing will be the most thorough solution. Contact us for a full list of cleaning services and treatments currently available.

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