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How To Clean and Sanitize Your Car
Tips on How to Clean Your Car

At Audi Brookline, we fully understand the concerns our clients have about exposure to COVID-19, or coronavirus. To reduce the exposure to germs outside of their homes, many people in Brookline are wearing disposable gloves and frequently using sanitizer. Even more, they're sanitizing items they purchase as they run their errands. It's important to note, though, that all items you purchase are touching the interior of your car when load them in. 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. 

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How Long Does Coronavirus Survive on Surfaces?

Each Audi is comprised of many different materials, such as soft leather seats and plastic on the dash. You'll find that to disinfect and clean all these surfaces, you may need a variety of tools at your disposal. 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."

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

Ready to sanitize your vehicle's interior? Before you do so, make sure to wash your hands and wear disposable gloves if you have them. 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. Remember to leave a package of disinfecting wipes and a bottle of hand sanitizer in your vehicle at all times, so it's easy to disinfect when need be.

How to Disinfect Surfaces in My Car

The most important areas of your Audi 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. If you have dish soap, it'll work well for disinfecting your Audi's interior. First, be sure to dampen the surface of what you'd like to clean. Then, scrub the area for 20-30 seconds. Pay close attention to high-touch areas you should sanitize, including 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?

The sun and other weather elements make it difficult for germs to live on the exterior of your Audi, although it’s still smart to wipe down areas you frequently come in contact with. These surfaces can include door handles, handle buttons and the gas cap.

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Are There Disinfectants I Should Avoid Using in My Car?

If you want to avoid damaging your Audi 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.

Worker washing of interior leather seats

How to Clean Leather Seats in My Car

No matter what leather cleaner you're using, it's good practice to spot test it on a hidden area. This will help you make sure it works for your specific seats. And when you're cleaning, always use a microfiber cloth to avoid scratching or scuffing the leather. Don't have leather cleaner? Just mix two parts vinegar to one part water for your own DIY solution. If you have leather conditioner, apply it after cleaning.

Here at Audi Brookline, 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 Audi dealership in Brookline, MA.