How to Clean Your Car Interior During Covid-19

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Are you wondering how to clean an automobile’s interior for Covid-19, without damaging your surfaces?

By this time, we’ve already learned that cleaning high-contact surfaces and hand-washing are the two best ways to help stop the spread of Covid-19. When it comes to this, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the most respected health officials in the world are all agreed. Regular disinfecting saves lives.

This is especially true when you know that someone with symptoms of the virus has been in contact with your car. Unfortunately, cars possess many commonly touched surfaces. Included amongst these are the door handle, steering wheel, and shift lever to name a few. In such a case, immediate cleaning can mean all the difference in preventing the virus. Moreover, if you regularly carry various passengers, cleaning these contact surfaces is essential.

Given that, just how do you disinfect all those surfaces without damaging your car’s interior?

Sample High-Touch Areas

Door Handles


Engine Start Button

Seat Belt

Seat Adjuster

Window Control

Mirror Adjuster

Gear Shift


Signal Indicator

All Dashboard Controls




What to Avoid:

For starters, some cleaners should be avoided at all costs. Hydrogen peroxide and bleach, for example, can wreak havoc on your car’s upholstery. Another group to avoid are ammonia-based cleaners. These can damage touch screens by removing anti-glare and anti-fingerprint coatings. Moreover, avoid anything abrasive when cleansing a touchscreen. This includes paper towels or tissues. Finally, don’t treat all surfaces equally.

What to Do to Clean for Covid-19:


Most importantly, use gloves when cleaning and disinfecting a vehicle. The Centers for Disease Control suggests the following:

“Gloves and any other disposable PPE used for cleaning and disinfecting the vehicle should be removed and disposed of after cleaning; wash hands immediately after removal of gloves and PPE with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.”

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Try Alcohol Cleaners

The CDC recommends using alcohol solutions of at least 70% alcohol is most effective. Not only does Alcohol kill Covid-19, but it is friendly to most car surfaces. Just be sure to keep it away from the leather. Most leather has a protective layer, but unless you know the specifications, you are much better to be safe rather than sorry.

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A Soap & Water Treatment

Another effective solution which works on most surfaces, including leather, is a basic mix of water and soap. Just try not to scrub too fervently, or get the interior fabrics too damp.

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100% Cotton T-Shirts or Microfiber Towels

Generally speaking, old cotton t-shirts and/or microfiber towels are a useful all-surface solution that can be used just about anywhere.

A Word About Leather Surfaces

Despite the fact that leather has been frequently mentioned above, it bears repeating again. Avoid ammonia-based cleaners, bleach, alcohol, and hydrogen peroxide. Leather cleaning wipes are ideal, but a damp cloth with water and soap will likely do the trick.

Stopping Covid-19

Ideally, the most effective solution to stop community spread of Covid-19 is to stay home and not share your vehicle. If you must share a car, however, get service, drive a rental, or transport others, then regular disinfecting is the most effective method to ensure the safety of yourself and others.

Professional Detailing and Cleaning

Of course, if you’re truly worried, a professional detailing will be the most effective treatment. Contact our service department for a complete list of cleaning treatments currently available.

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