What You Shouldn't Do:
First, there are specific alternatives to be avoided at all costs. Both bleach and hydrogen peroxide, for example, can damage your car's upholstery. Additionally, ammonia-based cleaners should be avoided. These can damage your touch screens by removing their anti-fingerprint and anti-glare coatings. Furthermore, avoid anything abrasive when cleaning a touchscreen, including paper towels or tissues. Finally, use common sense. Don't treat all surfaces the same.
What to Do When Cleaning for Coronavirus:
First, use gloves if cleaning your car. 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."cdc.gov
Use Alcohol Cleaners
The Centers for Disease Control recommends using alcohol-based solutions of at least 70% alcohol is the most effective. Alcohol doesn't just protect against SARS-CoV-2, but it's surfaces of your vehicle. Just be sure to keep it away from the leather upholstery. Most leather seats have a protective layer, but unless you know the manufacturer's specifications, it's much better off to be safe than sorry.
Soap and Water
Another effective solution which works on many surfaces, including leather, is a basic mixture of soap and water. Just don't scrub too hard, or get the fabrics too damp.
100% Cotton T-Shirts or Microfiber Towels
In general, microfiber towels and/or old cotton t-shirts are a great solution that can be applied just about anywhere.
Regarding Leather Seats and Surfaces
Despite the fact that we've mentioned leather several times above, it bears repeating again. Avoid ammonia-based cleaners, bleach, alcohol, and hydrogen peroxide. Leather-specific cleaning wipes are best, but a damp cloth with soap and water will likely do the trick.
Of course, the most effective solution to stop the spread of Coronavirus is to simply 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 most effective way to ensure the safety of yourself and others.
Of course, if you're truly anxious, a professional cleaning will be the most thorough treatment. Contact our service department today for a complete list of detailing services and treatments currently on offer.