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Cleaning Your Car
Tips on How to Clean Your Car

At Herb Chambers Honda of Burlington, we fully understand the concerns our clients have about exposure to COVID-19, or coronavirus. Many people in Burlington and the rest of Massachusetts are taking preventative measures against the risk of exposure to germs outside their homes. They have been wearing masks, gloves and frequently sanitizing items they purchase during their errands. What's easy to overlook, though, is that once those items are loaded into your vehicle, 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. 

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How Long Does Coronavirus Survive on Surfaces?

Your Honda is comprised of many different surfaces and materials, including plastic on the dash and even leather on the seats. You'll find that several tools are needed to sanitize all these surfaces correctly. 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?

Wash your hands before sanitizing your vehicle and wear disposable gloves if you have them handy. 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 possible, keep a package of disinfectant wipes and a bottle of hand sanitizer in your vehicle.

Worker washing of interior leather seats

How to Clean Leather Seats in My Car

If your Honda has leather seats, you should know that only approved cleaners and solutions should be used on them. To make sure the leather cleaner you have works on your seats, simply spot test it on a hidden area. And when you're cleaning, use a microfiber cloth to prevent scratching the leather. Don't have leather cleaner? Mix one part water and two parts vinegar to make your own. Afterward, apply a leather conditioner to give your seats an extra polish.

How to Disinfect Surfaces in My Car

The most important areas of your Honda 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. You can use dish soap for this application. Simply dampen the surface of what you'd like to clean, then scrub for 20-30 seconds. Be sure to focus on high-touch areas in your car, including the dash and steering wheel. 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 and other New England weather elements, germs are less likely to live on the exterior of your Honda. That being said, it's still smart to disinfect areas you touch most frequently, including door handles, handle buttons and the gas cap.

Are There Disinfectants I Should Avoid Using in My Car?

If you want to avoid damaging your Honda 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 Herb Chambers Honda of Burlington, 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 Honda dealership in Burlington, MA.