29th April 2020
Your Car Interior and Covid-19
Our whole world is now different and regrettably not for the better. So much has changed in just over a month that we can barely believe the times that we find ourselves in.
Modern cars are produced from tough materials that are chosen to be hard wearing and easy to sanitise. Indeed many surfaces like steering wheels and gear selector levers incorporate antimicrobial coatings. However many older cars or cheaper models will not feature these luxuries and whilst the cabin may be superbly engineered, you will still have concerns about germs and grime. The interior condition of your car is also a key contributor later on to the resale value of your car.
Before cleaning your interior, wash your hands thoroughly, dry them on a fresh, clean paper towel and apply disposable gloves. Please ensure that you do not touch your face during the cleaning process and make sure that any cuts or abrasions are completely covered with fresh, airtight and waterproof plasters.
It is most likely that you are undertaking this clean because of your concerns about a previous passenger or in the case of a multiuse vehicle, a previous unknown driver. What we do know at Coronavirus COVID-19 is that it lives for less time on clothing and fabric items than it does on hard surfaces where it is thought to survive for up to 48 hours. So, thinking about those previous occupants that have made you concerned, your first action should be to open all the doors (if possible) and the rear hatch to give maximum ventilation.
Inside the car there are around 40 potential contact points that need sanitising and bleach free antibacterial wipes will be your most appropriate neutraliser, killing over 99% of known germs and viruses. Pay attention to seat adjustment levers, window & mirror switches, indicators, steering wheel, gearshift, lighting & heating controls as well as touch screens and radio buttons. Don’t forget door handles, sun visors, keys and pay particular attention to seat belt fittings.
Once these hard surfaces have been cleaned thoroughly, it’s time to vacuum the whole of the interior. Any areas of concern should be thoroughly sanitised before vacuuming. For example if your passenger was sneezing in the back, thoroughly wipe headrests, interior door panels, window glass and armrests.
Once you have cleaned throughout, you will want to bring the interior back to its original lustre and finish. Computer keyboard cleaner is great for removing grease from buttons and controls and will make them shine like new again. Remember to test all cleaners on an inconspicuous area first. Don’t forget dashtops and parcel trays and to thoroughly clean all glass areas with glass cleaner. Rubber mats in the bottom of trinket trays and drinks holders often have a small tab built in allowing removal. Pop these in your cutlery tray of your dishwasher and they will appear as good as new after a quick wash.
Don’t forget to wash thoroughly and put your car cleaning clothes in the wash immediately you head back indoors!
As part of our commitment to ensuring cars are protected and maintained to an impeccable standard we produce interior protection covers to protect your interior. Whilst designed originally as a reusable mechanic’s cover set, these kits are also ideal to fit to a car that has been driven recently by another driver.
Given the current climate, hygiene has never been more important. Our interior car protection kits are removable and washable, ensuring your car interior hygiene is paramount and safeguards are in place to help ensure your safety.
Our reusable interior protection covers are manufactured in a blue non-woven polypropylene material. The kit of soft fabric covers includes a universal car seat cover with elastic straps, steering wheel cover, gear lever cover and handbrake grip cover. Unlike cheap plastic one-time use covers, these products actually stay in situ once fitted and can be reused many, many times.
They have a multitude of uses from traditional car service protection covers, car valeting and preparation, car body shops, car hire, taxi services, van delivery or vehicle delivery services, mobile mechanics and home repairers and restorers.
Trade buyers will be interested to learn that we can manufacture these kits with your logo printed on the seat cover and storage bag for orders of 500 sets and above.
If you have any requirements for car interior protection or exterior car covers please contact us.
Visit https://www.cover-zone.com/products/accessories/coverzone-car-interior-protection-kits/ to find out more about our protection kits.