The Coronavirus, also known as Covid-19, is a dangerous virus that has everyone on edge. Even though you are protecting yourself by using a facemask, hand sanitizer, and maybe even gloves, your car can still get contaminated.

You may have contacted the virus personally and transferred it to your car, or someone that loaded your car for you with groceries may have been in contact with the virus.

Studies have indicated that the coronavirus can live on surfaces for an extended period of time. It may be a few hours or several days. This indicates you should not only be careful to sanitize your hands and cover your face, but you also need to be concerned about every surface that is touched, even the fabric inside your car.

Protecting Yourself When Cleaning Your Car

Since the virus can live on surfaces for several days, you can come in contact with it and get sick. It is important that you use the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) when cleaning your vehicle. You do not want to catch the Coronavirus while you are trying to kill it.

Areas that Need to be Thoroughly Cleaned

Even though most of us are staying at home as much as possible, we are still using our vehicles, whether it is for going to the store or work. The surfaces are getting exposed to the virus.

When most people clean their vehicles, they only clean the obvious places. They usually wash the windows, sweep the floor, and clean off the console. However, there are a lot of places in your vehicle that are harboring germs.

  • steering wheel
  • key/start button & key fob
  • inside and outside door handles
  • trunk/hatch release
  • door panels
  • rear view mirror
  • HVAC vents
  • gear selector
  • turn signal selector
  • wiper controls
  • center console
  • arm rests
  • seat belt and buckle
  • parking brake handle
  • control knobs
  • touch screen

Improper Cleaning Can Cause Permanent Damage

The interior of your car was designed to withstand a lot of use. However, improper cleaning techniques can cause damage. Different materials and surfaces require different cleaning methods.

The first step to determining what cleaning agents you need is establishing what types of materials make up the interior of your car. The most common types of interiors consist of:

  • leather
  • nylon
  • polyester
  • faux leather
  • vinyl
  • wood
  • suede
  • velour
  • wool
  • plastic
  • steel
  • aluminum
  • rubber
  • glass
  • fiberglass

Knowing exactly what material you are dealing with is extremely important. Using the wrong cleaning agent could cause irreversible damage. Using common household disinfectants and cleaners that are harsh and abrasive are not ideal for vehicle use.

Benefits of Cleaning the Interior of Your Car

The main benefit of cleaning your car during the pandemic is killing the Covid-19 virus. But there are many benefits you will receive when you clean the interior of your car. These include removing and preventing odors, removing stains, disinfecting surfaces, extending the life of materials, and preventing excessive wear and tear. Cleaning your car also provides a healthier environment, restores shine and luster, improves driving safety, and retains your vehicle’s resale value.

Car Sanitizing Services

At Escondido German Auto, we are committed to keeping your family and our staff safe. Due to the pandemic, we are offering interior sanitizing cleaning services. Our cleaning process includes disinfecting all high-touch surfaces.

If you and your passengers have come in contact with the virus it is important to have your car professionally cleaned. There are a lot of places in your vehicle that the germs can hide.

To protect you and our staff, we wear protective PPE equipment during the whole cleaning process. This helps to ensure that nothing is transferred from them to your car or your car to them.

Car Sanitizing Service

Call Us today to Get Your Car Sanitized

At Escondido German Auto, we are always here for our customers. If you are interested in having your vehicle sanitized, call us today to schedule your service. You can reach us at (760) 741-3905 or come see us at 1554 E. Grand Ave., Escondido, CA.

We service Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Porsche, Sprinter and Volkswagen. Escondido German Auto is conveniently located in the Escondido, Rancho Bernardo, and Valley Center, CA areas. Contact us today for an appointment.

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