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With  COVID-19 spreading across the globe, the need for all of us to practice good hygiene has never been greater. This means that we have to take extra care to keep our cars clean and disinfected, as this will reduce the chance of the corona virus being transmitted through commonly touched surfaces such as our steering wheel, gear stick, radio and door handles.

Don't have time to read the full blog? Here are the tips in short:


  • Wear gloves and a mask when cleaning your car
  • Take out mats and vacuum car
  • Soak mats/carpet well with water and soap
  • Scrub interior fabrics with small amount of water and soap
  • Clean frequently touched interior areas with an alcohol based disinfectant
  • Clean the exterior too with soap and water
  • Put your used gloves in the bin and cloths, sponges and clothes in the wash

First of all: Stay protected

The  best defense against COVID-19 is to restrict your movements. A lot of  people are already working from home and though there is a lock down, people are still able to go to the shops and work where necessary. Avoid  driving somewhere unless it’s absolutely essential and remember to  always carry an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with you.

When you do absolutely have to travel, below is full guide to sanitizing your car from the inside out:

Step 1: Protect yourself first

Before  stepping out to clean your car, it is important that you wear the right  protective gear. Put on a pair of high-quality rubber gloves and a face  mask if you can, as there will be a lot of dirt particles in the air as  your dust surfaces. Apply a generous amount of alcohol-based sanitiser  to your hands before putting on the gloves so that you have an extra  layer of protection. Though you may usually wear a pair of shorts and a  t-shirt when cleaning your car, at this time, we recommend you wear  jeans and a full-sleeve top to limit the amount of direct contact to  your skin.


Step 2: A regular clean

Start  your car clean in the same manner that you would normally. Pull out the  floor mats and dust them, use a vacuum cleaner and work on getting all  the dirt and grime out from the corners. While you're at it, you can  vacuum the seats as well. Remember to dispose of the vacuumed dirt  effectively, preferably in a bin bag you can throw into your main bin  immediately. Do not leave it lying around where someone might  inadvertently come into contact with it.


Step 3: The soak

Take  a large tub of water and add regular detergent or a liquid soap and mix  well. Take all the carpets/floor mats and soak them in this tub. If you  have any other fabric that is removable in your car, put them in to soak as well. Leave them in the tub for a minimum of 30 minutes before  getting them out and leaving them in the sun to dry.


Step 4: Scrub well

Prepare  a separate soap-based mix to be used as a scrub for fabrics that can't  be removed from your car. Dip a sponge in the mix, give it a squeeze so  that it isn't going to soak your car and use it to scrub away at your  seats, door panels and armrests. Make sure you reach into all the corners. We recommend that you also give the roof lining a good rub down  with the same solution.


Step 5:  Down to the detail

Now  that your car has been vacuumed and scrubbed, it’s time to get down to  the details. Take an alcohol-based disinfectant and put some on a  sponge. Use this to rub down all plastic parts including the door  panels, centre console, dashboard, the pillar covers between doors and  around your windscreen. Don't forget to clean up the boot of your car as  well, as this is one place that sees the most foreign items in the form  of shopping and shopping bags. Remember to apply the  disinfectant/sanitizer to all the most commonly touched parts of the  vehicle including the steering wheel, gear stick, power window buttons,  rear view mirror, fuel lid opener and bonnet opener.


Step 6: The exterior

Now  that you are done with the interior detailing, it's time to address the  exterior. A soap wash will make sure that all the exterior surfaces are  clean, but make sure you are generous with the soap mix and go over  commonly touched parts like door handles, mirrors, and the boot. Letting  the soap sit there for about 5 minutes, then wash the car down, using a  dry cloth to get rid of the excess water.


Step 7: Clean up

Now  that your car is done, it's very important that you dispose of the  gloves, waste cloths and other disposable material effectively. All your  clothes and car wash cloths and sponges should go straight into the  wash and you should take a long shower. After all that effort, you don't  want to leave your clothes lying around as these could potentially contaminate other surfaces, so play safe and proactively get everything cleaned.