Should I sanitise my car?

Sanitising the interior of the carIt might come as a surprise that you should sanitise your car. Did you know that a steering wheel is a breeding ground for over 11 times more bacteria than a public toilet! Research has proved that a typical steering wheel has an average of 700 kinds of bacteria compared to the 60 types found on a public toilet seat.

When you’re thinking of cleaning your car you need to think beyond the basic vacuum and a car deodoriser.

Take time to know where these germs hide and how you can kill them to keep your family healthy.

Research by the University of Arizona sampled 100 vehicles swabbing the interiors. They found the top spots for germs were:

  • Dashboards,
  • Coin holders,
  • Cup holders, and
  • Children’s car seats.

How often do you eat in your car?

You probably don’t realise the amount of food crumbs that fall into your seats and carpets. It isn’t until you do a thorough clean when you realise how much there is. If food crumbs remain, they acquire bacterial growth over time.

If you are parent, beware of the child’s seat. These are perfect places for food crumbs.

Often our family car ends up being a taxi transporting children and their friends. If your passengers are sneezing and coughing, they may leave a trail of germs behind that you might touch to your nose, mouth or eyes, leading to a cold or flu. Your car is a resting place for the cold and flu viruses, especially during the winter.

Your car keys are another source of germs. After all, they spend time in another place known to harbour a high concentration of germs – your hands. Naturally, you can expect to find many of the organisms known for spreading from person-to-person. Fortunately, you can minimise the spread by not allowing too many people to touch your keys or give them a wipe down with sanitiser.

Sanitise your car to make it healthy

Don’t worry about your car turning into a cesspool for germs, there is a lot you can do to keep it fresh and sterile. It comes down to effort and frequency.

While we clean our house regularly it is easy to forget about our cars. If we do remember to clean our car giving it a basic vacuum is not always enough.

You’ll want to regularly clean and disinfect the surfaces and vacuum the rugs and seats where crumbs and debris can settle. You need to be more vigilant if your pet like to ride in the car.

If you keep up with the cleaning of your car, you’ll significantly reduce the likelihood of getting sick from your vehicle.

Defending yourself and your family from exposure to the danger of infection is relatively simple. Maintain a healthy car you need to clean it regularly or have a professional car detailer to maintain it for you.

If you choose to clean the car yourself be aware that some cleaners can cause serious damage to your upholstery so test it on a small area first that cannot be seen.

Soap and water are safe for most car interiors —especially fabrics and older leather that may have begun to crack. Just be sure not to scrub too hard. If you have a leather interior, be aware that many cleaning products can dry out the leather.

If want to further sanitise your car you can use Isopropyl Alcohol (> 70% alcohol) as it is safe for the interior of your car.

The key to staying healthy is learning how to clean your car. By establishing a regular cleaning schedule, you can keep the worst of disease-causing germs out of your life.

Handy hint: Keep some sanitiser gel in the car to use and share with passengers.

Here at Ultrashield Paint Protection we want to make sure everyone stays healthy and is protected as much as possible in this ever-changing situation. To manage this, we can work together in the following ways:

  • Keep the required social distancing
  • Regularly wash our hands
  • Wear gloves and mask when sanitising your car
  • Preferred payment by credit card

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