How To Sanitize A Car Interior

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Westbrook Toyota has been asked many questions by our Westbrook customers, including how to sanitize a car. If you want to know more about car interior cleaning, specifically, car interior disinfectant, we can help! Vacuuming dirt and wiping away the dust from hard surfaces might make your Toyota vehicle look clean, but it takes a little extra effort to remove bacteria, viruses, and other germs that you can’t see. Follow our handy guide for helpful tips for thorough car interior cleaning.

What Not to Use

Be careful not to use harsh chemicals, as they can damage many surfaces and can also cause a strong odor that can make those drives to Old Saybrook unpleasant. Use cleaners and disinfectants specifically designed for use inside of vehicles, which will clean your car’s cabin without destroying delicate materials.

Use Disinfectant Wipes

One of the most effective methods for car interior disinfectant is to simply use household disinfectant wipes that simultaneously kills germs as they clean. You can use them on most hard surfaces, but focus on the areas you touch the most often.

The Best Car Interior Disinfect Steps

Here’s a step-by-step guide for car interior cleaning. It won’t take long for your vehicle to be nice and clean!

  1. Start with the steering wheel. There’s no way to drive your Toyota without touching the steering wheel, so make sure it’s clean. Pay close attention to areas where dirt and bacteria can hide, like stitching, seams and the buttons used for everything from cruise control to speaker volume. Wipe these areas down thoroughly.
  2. Disinfect door handles and buttons. Other areas that Clinton drivers touch most are the door handles, dash buttons, and knobs. Be careful to not use a disinfectant wipe on exterior handles because it could damage your paint. While you’re working on the door, take a moment to wipe down all the controls for the windows and side mirrors. You should also wipe down the rearview mirror.
  3. Wipe down the infotainment system. The infotainment system is a spot frequently touched by you and passengers. Carefully wipe down the buttons and knobs to remove dirt and germs. For the touch screen, use a microfiber cloth to remove fingerprints and dust. Remember, harsh chemicals, paper towels, and tissues can damage the screen.
  4. Clean the cup holders. Cup holders collect dirt, crumbs, and spills. Clean the visible dirt first and then break out the wipes to clean the area thoroughly.
  5. Clean the seats. It’s crucial that before cleaning any leather or fabric surface, do a spot test in an inconspicuous area and let it dry to be sure it doesn’t leave a stain or mark. Old-fashioned soap and water is a great way to clean fabric, but don’t completely soak the seats. Wipe down the fabric surfaces with antibacterial soap, then rinse promptly and dry it as much as possible with a clean dry cloth.
  6. Be extra careful with leather. If you have leather seats, use a product specifically designed to clean and disinfectant leather surfaces. The parts department at Westbrook Toyota can recommend a good leather cleaner
  7. Don’t forget the floor. Remove your floor mats and wash them with antibacterial soap and water. Use the same solution on your carpets, but don’t soak the carpet as this can cause mold. Allow the carpet and mats to dry thoroughly.

Westbrook Toyota is Your Auto Care Resource

You know more about proper car interior cleaning, and our team can answer any questions about auto service, maintenance, or car interior detailing. From oil changes to new tires and just about anything else you can think of, we’re here for you. Contact us today!

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