How to Clean Your Car for Coronavirus

Men Washing His Car

How to Clean Your Car for Coronavirus
Jaguar Cincinnati

At Jaguar Cincinnati, we fully understand the concerns our clients have about exposure to COVID-19, or coronavirus. To prevent the risk of exposure to germs outside their homes, people in Cincinnati and across Ohio are wearing gloves and masks, frequently using hand sanitizer and cleaning items they purchase during their errands. But once those items are loaded into your Jaguar, they are then touching the interior. According to the World Health Organization, studies suggest that the coronavirus may live on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. That means that you should be sanitizing the interior of your car to kill any germs it may have collected on your last visit to the grocery store or pharmacy. 

Car cleaner wiping car door with rag

How Long Does Coronavirus Survive on Surfaces?

Disinfecting your Jaguar properly requires several different tools, as your luxury car contains a wide variety of materials on its interior and exterior. According to the National Institutes of Health, the virus that causes COVID-19 is stable for up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic or stainless steel. Another study suggests that similar viruses can live on “inanimate surfaces like metal, glass or plastic for up to nine days.”

Cleaning the interior of the car with a microfiber cloth

What’s the Best Way to Sanitize My Car’s Interior?

Before sanitizing your Jaguar, always wash your hands. And if you have them, wear disposable gloves. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work well for sanitizing your vehicle. Just be sure to read the product’s label to make sure it’s safe for the surface you’re planning to use it on. Keep disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer in your Jaguar at all times, so you can wipe down surfaces as needed.

Worker washing of interior leather seats

How to Clean Leather Seats in My Car

The leather seats in your Jaguar should only be cleaned with leather cleaner. To ensure the cleaner you have works properly, simply spot test it on a hidden area. And when you’re cleaning, use a microfiber cloth, as this will prevent scratching and scuffing of the leather. If you don’t have leather cleaner, you can mix one part water with two parts vinegar to make your own. After cleaning, apply a leather conditioner to give your seats an extra polish.

How to Disinfect Surfaces in My Car

The most important areas of your Jaguar to keep clean are the dashboard and the steering wheel. Bacteria tends to collect in these spots, as air is cycled throughout the vehicle. To clean your dash, simply use soap and water. Dish soap can be used on the interior of your Jaguar. Simply dampen the surface of whatever you’d like to clean, then scrub for 20-30 seconds. It’s important to pay extra close attention when cleaning surfaces you touch most frequently, like your steering wheel and dash. Other high-touch surfaces can include:

  • Door Handles
  • Door Buttons
  • Key Fob
  • Steering Wheel
  • Inside Door Buttons
  • Seat Belts
  • Gear Shifters
  • Touchscreens
  • Buttons on the Dash
  • Buttons for Lights
  • Buttons for Windshield Wipers
  • Glove Compartment

Do I Need to Disinfect My Car’s Exterior?

Thanks to the sun, wind, rain and other weather elements, germs are less likely to thrive on the exterior of your Jaguar. While that may be true, it’s still important to disinfect areas you touch most frequently, like the door handles, handle buttons and gas cap.

Are There Disinfectants I Should Avoid Using in My Car?

If you want to avoid damaging your Jaguar model’s interior surfaces, don’t use bleach or hydrogen peroxide to disinfect. These can damage the vinyl and plastics in your cabin. You should also avoid any ammonia-based cleaning products used to clean glass, as they can break down the vinyl on the dashboard. Heat and light may then cause your dashboard to become sticky.

Here at Jaguar Cincinnati, we want to do our part to help educate our clients and keep them safe and healthy during this difficult time. If you have any questions about car care or need assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Jaguar dealership in Cincinnati, OH.