Many precautions must be taken to combat the spread of viruses. The car must be disinfected regularly to prevent the risk of contamination. This reduces the risk of transmission. Disinfection must be done correctly to be effective. How to do ?
The precautions to take to disinfect a car
Before disinfection, the first thing to do to properly clean your car is to protect yourself by wearing suitable protective equipment:
- A pair of gloves.
- A mask.
- Protective glasses.
Before putting on the gloves, it is necessary to apply a hydroalcoholic solution. It is also essential to wear pants and a long-sleeved t-shirt.
How to clean the whole cabin easily?
For a good general cleaning of the car, few products are needed. Classic soap or dishwashing liquid are always effective for all cleaning and are able to disinfect.
Here’s how to do an easy cleanup:
- Mix liquid soap in a basin of water.
- Soak a cloth in the soapy water.
- Scrub every corner of the car: seats, armrests, dashboard, steering wheel. Do not forget the headliner and the trunk of the car.
After cleaning with soapy water, it is then necessary to disinfect everything with an alcohol-based solution. To do this, put a little disinfectant on a sponge, then rub all the plastic parts. It is recommended to take care not to forget the buttons for the electric windows, the gear lever, the rear-view mirror, or even the fuel filler flap.
How to disinfect car surfaces?
The first thing to do is ventilate the car for proper air circulation. It is important to clean your car with specific cleaning products depending on the surfaces and materials.
Wash and disinfect car mats
When cleaning a car, it is essential to wash and vacuum the carpets. To do this, it is possible to clean them with a steam vacuum cleaner. Indeed, this device acts at a very high temperature capable of killing the virus and this, without any use of chemicals.
As for the products present in the shops, it is possible to choose disinfectant cleaners that penetrate the fabric fibers. It is strongly advised to make sure that the product is a virucide.
Clean wooden surfaces
Wooden surfaces require delicate cleaning so as not to spoil their elegant appearance. It is important to use natural products, such as white vinegar.
- Mix water and vinegar;
- Soak a cloth in this solution;
- Rub a damp cloth over the surfaces;
- Rinse and dry.
Clean leather surfaces
Leather seats give an elegant look to a cabin. However, careful cleaning is necessary. It is possible to use a mild disinfectant which will also prevent any traces of scratches. It is advisable to use Marseille soap.
Here are the steps to follow:
- Remove dust with a microfiber cloth.
- Coat a glove moistened with Marseille soap.
- Gently rub the surface
- Wipe with a clean cloth.
How to clean the air conditioning circuit?
A car’s air conditioning circuit can be a real breeding ground for bacteria and other germs. Thus it can be a vector of Covid in particular.
It is then necessary to purify it with a disinfectant. In shops, it is easy to find products to spray in the passenger compartment, or also products that can be poured directly into the car’s air vents.
Changing the filter regularly is also recommended. Indeed, over time it can be filled with dust from outside. All this does not allow proper operation of the ventilation system. Today, several models of filters exist on the market: some with activated carbon also limit the spread of bad odors in the car.
Wash the outside of your car
To clean the exterior of the car, it is still possible to use soapy water.
It is enough to insist on the parts most solicited to the touch like the door handles, the trunk as well as the mirrors. Then, let the soap act for 5 or 10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. Finish by wiping with a clean, dry cloth.