Sanitize Your Car to Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19

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Whether you’re on the front lines of the pandemic or you simply want to help keep you and your family safe, there are various methods to properly sanitize your car.  Cars are especially important to clean, as there are several high-touch surfaces where viruses can hide.

Start by using disinfecting wipes or soapy water to clean the hard surfaces in the cabin. These areas include the door handles, the cupholders, around doors and windows, and the steering wheel. However, be sure to be careful around electronics. Spray a rag with alcohol-based cleaner (avoid ammonia as it can degrade materials) and wipe the power locks and windows, the shift knob, ignition switch, and radio, among other things you touch on a daily basis.

Fabrics can be more difficult to clean, including the carpet, seats, and headliner. You can clean these with upholstery shampoo, which is available at most auto parts stores. Just be sure to avoid bleach-based sprays that might discolor the material. For leather, wipe it down with a gentle soap-water mix and dry the surface before applying leather conditioner.

Finally, work to prevent recontamination by following healthy practices. Carry hand sanitizer if you have it, and avoid coughing or sneezing without covering your mouth. Wearing a mask is also smart practice, and try to only touch parts of the cabin when necessary — which may mean going without the air conditioner or radio for a while.

These tips will help keep you protected against COVID-19. But when you need car maintenance, contact Sherman Chevrolet in Sherman, Texas.

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