Sanitize Your Car

May 21st, 2020 by

COVID-19 has taught us to sanitize and disinfect cars for our protection, as well as, that of our customers. Our Service Department has always washed customers cars, but the pandemic has changed the way we do things. It is equally important for you to disinfect the high-touch surfaces in your vehicles at least daily.


Our top “must cleans” are:

  1. Door handles inside and out
  2. Steering wheel
  3. Gear shifter handle
  4. Seat belt clip
  5. Turn signal/wiper lever
  6. Radio/entertainment system
  7. Cup holder
  8. Rear view mirror
  9. Seats and seat adjustment lever
  10. Dashboard
  11. Gas cap
  12. Key fob

It may seem like overkill, but the truth is if you touch anything out in public, cross-contamination is a definite possibility. Disinfecting your vehicle is not the same as cleaning. You must use products strong enough to kill the coronavirus, but at the same time ones that will not damage your vehicle.

Please DO NOT USE BLEACH or any products with bleach as you will damage your vehicle. Not all Clorox and Lysol wipes have bleach, read the label. You also do not need these strong disinfectants. If you have leather seats you may wipe them down, but if you have cloth you will need Lysol or spray disinfectant. Most detergents or cleaning supplies will work fine. Soap is your friend. Think Armor All surface wipes.  Many vehicle surfaces are not porous so once you wipe it clean, it’s clean. Alcohol based products can damage or dry surfaces so use sparingly. Also, wipe on, wipe off, you do not want solvents sitting on surfaces.

It may seem like a lot, but it’s relatively easy to wipe these surfaces down when you first get in your car. Within a couple of days it will be second nature.