Kill Coronoavirus In Your Car

March 18, 2020

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As COVID-19 spreads, you’ve probably already learned the proper technique for washing your hands and which household cleaners can destroy a coronavirus. But what about the inside of your car? If you or someone else who has been in your car shows symptoms of the illness, you should clean frequently touched surfaces, including the steering wheel, door handles, shift lever, any buttons or touch screens, wiper and turn signal stalks, passenger and driver door armrests, grab handles, and seat adjusters. However car’s interior is less durable than, say, a kitchen counter or bathroom sink. So be careful in what products you use to clean.  Most interior car surfaces can be cleaned with isopropyl alcohol, which contains at least 70% alcohol, including leather trim and upholstery. Just make sure to treat your leather after cleaning with a good leather conditioner afterwards. Vigorous washing with soap and water works too but be care not to use too much water or too much soap. If you soak through the fabric down to the cushion beneath, it could end up creating a musty smell or encouraging mold growth in the cushions. Whatever you do, don’t use bleach or hydrogen peroxide on the inside of your car. While they can both kill coronaviruses on surfaces, they will likely damage your car’s upholstery. And do not use ammonia-based cleaners on car touch screens, as they can damage their anti-glare and anti-fingerprint coatings. Finally, use a microfiber cloth. That’s because they’re made of fabric that consists of tiny little loops that capture and sweep away dirt and dust particles before they can scratch delicate or shiny plastic surfaces. By comparison, the dirt and debris in your car can stick to even the cleanest paper towels or napkins and scratch surfaces like sandpaper.

SOURCE: Consumer Reports

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