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How to clean a car to reduce the risk of coronavirus?

How to clean a car to reduce the risk of coronavirus?

In these trying times, everyone is taking a little more care to be clean and hygienic to slow the spread of coronavirus. While everyone is staying at home as much as we can, there are occasions when we have to leave the house and travel by car – this includes if we are an essential worker or key worker travelling to and from work, or need to venture out for a food shop.

Maybe we didn’t notice the cleanliness of our car before these trying times, but now it’s very important to keep up high standards of cleanliness to reduce contamination risk when travelling from A to B.

A side-view shot of a young woman sitting in her car, she is cleaning her steering wheel with disinfectant.

How to clean a car during COVID-19

It may seem like a big ask to clean your car after every use, but it doesn’t have to be time-consuming. The more you do it, the more you will develop a speedy, efficient and thorough technique.

  1. The first thing to consider is how often you’re using your vehicle. Some people have no choice but to use it every day. However, if you can limit the number of trips you take in your car, consider doing this to reduce exposure.
  2. If you don’t use your car daily, try and wait for 72 hours before cleaning. Whilst there is no exact guidance on how long the virus can survive on surfaces, it’s still better to leave it a good length of time if you can.
  3. Car deep cleaning means using the right products and equipment. Use PPE if that’s an option available to you, including gloves, face mask and disposable apron or overalls. Whether using PPE or not, always remember to wash your hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds, before you start the clean. Stay away from others in your household until you’ve finished the cleaning session.
  4. Easy-to-obtain cleaning gear is all you should need for a thorough clean. Get some bin bags at the ready, and select a household disinfectant of your choice, ideally bleach-free, and a microfibre cloth. You could also use bleach-free antibacterial wipes if you have them.
  5. Using this checklist below, wipe down key areas of your car – if you can think of any areas of your car that also frequently get touched, pay them some attention too.

a. Car interior cleaning:

  • Steering wheel
  • Gearstick
  • Indicators
  • Air vents
  • Internal controls e.g. temperature, radio, windows
  • Inner door handles
  • Car keys
  • Seat belt and clips
  • Seats, including headrests
  • Compartments, glove box and pockets

b. Car exterior cleaning:

  • Outer door handles
  • Boot and bonnet openers
  • Inside the boot and bonnet
  • Car body areas that have been touched

6. The moment you complete the clean, remove your gloves and disposable apron/overalls, if wearing them, before placing them securely in a bin bag, along with any used wipes. Leave this bag untouched for 72 hours before disposing of it. Remember: wash your hands as soon as possible after the clean, and refrain from touching your face or any part of your body until your hands are safely washed.

A commitment to safety

Here at 1st Call Windscreens, we are aware of the ongoing outbreak and are committed to a safe service. Currently, we are offering our services to key workers and emergency vehicles during the COVID-19 situation, giving them the assurance of fully functioning windscreens throughout this time.

1st Call Windscreens are the go-to windscreen repair and replacement specialists for Kent, Sittingbourne and Maidstone. Since 1996, we’ve been dedicated to quick, precise installations at competitive prices – whether that’s your family car, a commercial van or an emergency vehicle. Get in touch to discover more about our services and how we’re helping key workers during this time.

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