How to Keep the Interior of Your Car Clean

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Here are a few tips for keeping the interior of your vehicle clean.

Just as you are taking recommended precautions to stay safe during this pandemic, we have implemented additional protocols at all Quick Lane® locations and are taking steps to keep the vehicles we service clean.

If you must travel, here are a few tips for keeping the interior of your vehicle clean.

First, if your vehicle is equipped with a cabin air filter, consider ordering a replacement so all your cleaning efforts aren’t marginalized by a dirty or clogged filter.

Cleaning lifts and removes dirt and most germs. We recommend a mild detergent or soap with damp cloths on the most dirty surfaces, being extra careful around screens and controls for electronics. For those, we recommend cleaners with at least 60% rubbing alcohol content.

Prioritize these surfaces:

  • Door handles (exterior and interior)
  • Steering wheel (don’t forget the underside)
  • Seat belt buckles (not straps)
  • Push-button start
  • Key fobs
  • Gear shifter
  • Rearview mirror
  • Radio and climate controls
  • Cupholders
  • Child seats (follow manufacturer’s care instructions for the shell vs. softer seating materials)
  • Rear-seat entertainment systems and discs

Wear disposable gloves when cleaning surfaces. Single-use items like gloves and paper towels should be discarded after each cleaning. If reusable gloves and cloths are used, they should be used for cleaning surfaces for COVID-19 and not used for other purposes.

Now that your vehicle has been cleaned, stash some hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes where you and your family can easily grab them each time they touch high-contact areas like door handles.

Allergy season is here, and will only encourage sensitive sufferers to sneeze and spread germs more often. Keep a box of tissues handy to contain sneezing on clean surfaces. In a pinch, wrap your hand with a tissue if disinfectant wipes are not available and you need to touch clean surfaces.

For more information on what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones, visit the CDC’s website. And for any questions you may have about maintaining your vehicle during these uncertain times, do not hesitate to visit or call your nearest Quick Lane location.