At Hawkins Chevrolet, Inc., we fully understand the concerns our clients have about exposure to harmful bacteria and other germs. People across Pennsylvania are wearing masks and gloves, frequently using hand sanitizer and disinfecting items they purchase during their errands to reduce the risk of exposure to germs. What's easy to overlook, though, is that one those items are loaded into your Chevy, they are then touching various interior surfaces. According to the World Health Organization, studies suggest that viruses and bacteria 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.
One of biggest challenges in disinfecting your car is that its interior contains a variety of different surfaces. From the soft leather seats to the plastic on the dash, you'll find that you may need several different tools for washing your car. According to 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."
Before you begin sanitizing your vehicle, be sure to wash your hands. If you have them, it's a good idea to 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. If you have enough to spare, keep disinfectant wipes and a small bottle of hand sanitizer in your car so you can wipe it down frequently.
Before using any type of leather cleaner, be sure to spot test it on a hidden area to ensure it will work well for your specific seats. When you're cleaning, use a microfiber cloth to avoid scratching the leather. If you don't have any leather cleaner on hand, you can mix two parts vinegar with one part water to make your own solution. If you can, apply a leather conditioner after cleaning.
The most important areas of your Chevy 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 will work well when cleaning the interior of your Chevrolet. Simply dampen the surface of whatever you'd like to clean, then scrub for 20-30 seconds. Pay extra close attention to cleaning high-contact surfaces, like your steering wheel and dash. Other high-touch surfaces can include:
If you want to avoid damaging your Chevrolet 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 Hawkins Chevrolet, Inc., 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 Chevy dealership in Danville, PA.