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How to disinfect a car against coronavirus

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Is it necessary to disinfect a car against coronavirus? Yes, otherwise the surfaces in the car could become transmitters of the virus. Our guide outlines what to do. And remember, the same principles apply for motorcycles as well, if more than one person is using them.

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Many people have become very aware of how to properly clean their hands to protect themselves against the corona virus in the past few days. Unfortunately, some forget that their car can also transmit the virus because it can remain on surfaces for several days. 

A recent study by the US health institute NIH and the disease protection agency CSC found that the coronavirus can survive on surfaces such as plastic and stainless steel for up to 72 hours. Since cars, in particular, have many such surfaces, the car can actually help the virus to spread.

Therefore, it is very important to disinfect a car against coronavirus, particularly the parts that your hands come into contact with while you are driving or sitting in your car, especially if there is someone in your car who is infected or suspected of having the coronavirus that she is infected. 

It is also advisable to properly clean your car if you have come into contact with many people, e.g. B. after visiting a supermarket, a school, a ride on public transport or the like. There is an even higher risk of getting infected by your car if you use car sharing vehicles or have a rental car.

Where do I have to disinfect a car against coronavirus?

  • Windows and door handles
  • Steering wheel
  • Geatrshifter
  • Handbrake lever
  • Touchscreen/audio console/GPS
  • Rearvision mirror
  • Fuel filler flap
  • All buttons and switches

What products do I need to clean my car with?

Fortunately, you don’t need any special cleaners to get rid of the corona virus. You can use normal cleaning products such as dish soap or special car care products if you have them at home.
Please be careful before using it and first check if the products can be used on the materials in your car.

It is not advisable to use a disinfectant, as it is bad for the material of your car and can, for example, attack the leather or synthetic leather and leave stains on the materials. The only places where you can clean your car with a disinfectant are the door handles. 

However, please note that you must use a hand disinfectant that contains at least 70% alcohol, otherwise it will not remove viruses, only bacteria. In addition, the disinfectant cannot be used instead of cleaning because it does not remove dirt and the viruses can also accumulate under or on the dirt.

How should I clean my car?

The most effective way to clean your car coronavirus-free is to spray the detergent on the various surfaces, let it soak in for a few minutes, and then rinse it off with clean water.

This procedure allows you to clean the door handles (inside and outside), the steering wheel, the gear lever, the controls and buttons (e.g. the radio, etc.), the handbrake, the rear view mirror and the fuel cap. It is not advisable to leave the detergent on the material for too long as this can be harmful to the different materials.

It is best to use a cleaning cloth or a microfiber cloth with a little detergent to clean the touchscreen so as not to damage the screen.

As mentioned above, the car has many surfaces for the virus. The more surfaces there are, the more the virus can spread. You should therefore remove unnecessary items such as decorations or accessories, blankets, pillows, clothing or garbage from your car.

Let your air conditioner run on fresh air

When driving your car, make sure the air conditioner is running on fresh air. The corona virus can spread if there is no air circulation. Therefore, make sure that your air conditioner is not running in a setting such as air circulation, in which the air is circulated from the inside again. If you are not sure which settings your air conditioning system is using, you can simply open a window to bring fresh air into your car without using the air conditioning system.

In general, it is recommended that the air filter in your car’s air conditioner be changed once a year to prevent germs and bacteria from spreading. If you notice a musty smell coming from your air conditioner, it may be time for air conditioning service.