If you have started using your car it is vital to maintain a clean and safe environment inside the vehicle. You must ensure that the car is disinfected frequently to maintain your health and that of your loved ones. Whether it’s for grocery shopping or for office commute, disinfecting before and after every use is crucial. Follow these steps to keep your car clean and sanitised.
The best way to keep your steering wheel contamination free is to sanitise your hands before touching the steering wheel. Keep a hand sanitiser in your bag for easy access.
Step 1: Follow a Pre-Cleaning Process
You may generally wear a loose T-shirt and shorts before you begin to clean your car. However, we advise that you keep yourself fully covered to minimise your skin’s contact with the car’s surface. Make sure you sanitise your hands and wear gloves along with a face mask to protect yourself from the potentially contaminated surfaces. Know how to use a face mask correctly for adequate protection.
Collect and keep all necessary cleaning items near the car so that you needn’t enter your house once you begin the cleaning process. Have an extra mask handy, in case the one you are wearing comes off or gets wet.
Step 2: Disinfect the Interiors
Vacuum the interiors to remove surface dirt and dust. Now, wipe it clean using a stain removing agent. The cleaning agent you use will depend on the type of upholstery on your car seats. Read the product instructions on the label to know how to use it. You must always test the cleaning products on a small area to avoid any type of untoward reaction. However, please note that merely cleaning the car seats is not enough. You must wipe clean the dashboard, steering wheel, gear and foot mats too. Ensure that you’ve also covered the windscreen, door handles and windows. Once, you’ve thoroughly cleaned the interiors of your car; it is time to disinfect it.
Knowing how to disinfect high-touch surfaces is extremely important to protect yourself from contamination. To clean high touch surfaces of your car like the steering wheel, armrests, cup holders, touchscreen infotainment system and door handles, use a suitable disinfectant spray such as Domex Multi-Purpose Disinfectant Spray, which kills germs. Always test on a small hidden area and rinse to check compatibility first. Don't forget to read the instructions on the product, and check if it's recommended for soft and porous surfaces.
Step 3: Wash the Exteriors
Dampen a sponge in soapy water and wipe the exteriors. Use a hose to get rid of the frothy layer. Move the sponge in circular directions to prevent watermarks on your car. Wipe off the excess moisture using a clean, cotton cloth. Now, disinfect the exteriors using a good quality disinfectant.
Step 4: Dispose of Your Cleaning Equipment
Take your clothes, gloves, mask and all other cleaning equipment and wash them thoroughly. We suggest you use a good laundry sanitiser like Lifebuoy Laundry Sanitiser to keep them clean. If you are using a disposable mask, it is important to discard it responsibly. Learn the proper way to use and dispose our face mask here.
Read the pack for instructions and always test the product on a small inconspicuous area first to check compatibility. Even the vacuum cleaner must be properly sanitised. Take a nice, long shower afterwards.
There you go! These steps should help you stay safe while travelling to work post lockdown.