I bought a used car and want to make sure it doesn’t have COVID: Basic detailing can rid your car of dirt, bugs & more

I bought a used car and want to make sure it doesn’t have COVID: Basic detailing can rid your car of dirt, bugs & more

We have received a number of requests on how to properly clean up a vehicle during the COVID19 pandemic. For example, let’s say you bought a used car, maybe you are borrowing a car or perhaps you loaned out your car and now you want to make sure it comes back without anything that can make you sick. These are all good reasons to do a thorough COVID cleaning.

First off, here are some of the tools you’ll need:

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Bucket of soapy, warm water
  • Microfiber cloths (excellent for water absorption and picking up dirt)
  • Clean rags
  • Soft-bristled brush (to prevent the scratching of soft surfaces)
  • Cotton balls or soft-bristled toothbrush (for hard to reach and delicate surfaces)
  • Disposable gloves
  • Goggles and face mask

You should wear clothes that can be immediately laundered afterward, and, if possible, a mask and goggles to protect your face from exposure to any cleaning solutions as well as from touching your face while you clean. You can easily make a face mask if none are readily available.

Fabric or Cloth Upholstery:

This material has increased susceptibility to staining from spills, greasy food, and body oils. To clean, gently spray cleaner directly onto the upholstery. Allow the cleaning product to soak into the fabric before blotting it with a clean, damp cloth. For stubborn stains, lightly scrub them with a soft-bristled brush and repeat as many times as necessary. If possible, leave the windows open to allow for quicker drying.

Using a high-quality fabric protectant can make future cleanings much easier and more effective because it creates a barrier against the damage of food spills and other mishaps, especially if children are routine riders.

Vinyl Upholstery

Vinyl upholstery is a sturdy material, requires little maintenance, and can be easily cleansed with most all-purpose upholstery cleaners. To clean, add a small amount of cleaner to a clean, damp cloth and wipe down the upholstery. For additional stain removal, use a soft-bristled brush. Reapply if necessary.

Leather Upholstery

There are two types of leather upholstery in cars: coated and uncoated. Coated leather has a clear, synthetic covering added. This type of leather treatment is used in nearly all modern cars today, no matter the price, make, or model. When it comes to care, coated leather is identical to that of vinyl. Uncoated leather does not have a synthetic coating and is common among older vehicles, though a few modern luxury vehicles also use uncoated leather. To find out which type of leather interior your vehicle has, apply a drop of water on the leather and leave it there for 20-30 seconds. If a spot remains once you remove the droplet, the upholstery is uncoated leather. In this case, it is essential to get the right cleaner that is leather safe. To clean, add a small amount of leather solution to a clean, damp rag. In a circular, overlapping motion, gently rub the cleaner into the leather. Wipe excess cleaner off with a clean, dry cloth.

How to Keep Your Car Clean as COVID-19 Continues

It’s up to all of us to slow the disruptive and deadly spread of this virus. Some additional tips for keeping your car clean:

  • Wash your hands
  • Travel less, stay home
  • Social distance

Final thoughts

Cleaning and disinfecting your car is an extra preventative measure you can take to help protect against COVID-19.  I hope all of this information is useful, please be safe out there!

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