How to disinfect your car against Coronavirus

Around the world, countries and citizens are taking cautionary actions to stop the spread of Coronavirus. Maintaining proper hygiene is vital during these times and keeping everything clean and tidy helps prevent spread.

Keeping things clean that you use daily is a top priority, and this includes your car.

Dubi Cars is here to help with our tips on how to disinfect your car.

First of all; let’s start with the things you’ll need;

  • Hand soap. Can be bought from any grocery store, antibacterial is preferred.
  • Disposable gloves.
  • A cloth. One that doesn’t scratch, such as microfibre.
  • Bleach free wipes.
  • Hand sanitizer. For your hands only.

Keeping your car clean is relatively easy, and soap is your best friend when it comes to tackling the job. Any household soap will do in liquid form of course. You can use a bar of soap, but we don’t recommend that.

Scrub the surface area for at least 20 seconds before driving off for the soap to do its job.

When cleaning your car, always wear disposable gloves. Here are our top tips;

  • Soap is easily accessible and can fight off Coronavirus.
  • Don’t use bleach on your vehicle as it can cause damage.
  • Don’t use solvents.
  • Don’t use hand sanitizer on leather surfaces as it can cause the leather to dry out.
  • Wipe off anything you wipe on in order not to leave stains.
  • Prioritise the surfaces you use the most; door handles, steering wheel, seatbelts, gear selector and infotainment system.
  • Use 70% alcohol as it is effective in fighting Covid-19.

Using bleach-based products can cause severe damage to your electronics, under no circumstances should you use them to clean your infotainment system or steering wheel. Don’t use water either.

To these items use bleach-free wipes and ensure that whoever is using the system has clean hands.

As for the interior, make sure you use a product that will not crack or dry out the leather. Do not go anywhere near a leather seat with hand sanitizer.

Have you got any helpful tips? Let us know in the comments below!

Buying/Selling within the UAE

Not only should you take preventative steps with your car, but you should also preventative action when buying or selling a car in the UAE.

Viewing a car? Here are some tips: 

  • Keep disinfectant wipes with you and wipe down all the touchpoints, such as door handles, keys, and steering wheels.
  • Disposable gloves can go a long way in maintaining cleanliness.
  • Try to view the car outdoors instead of a garage or a basement.
  • When test driving, try to keep the windows open when driving. 
  • After the viewing, avoid touching your face with your hands until after you have washed them thoroughly.

Selling a car? Here are some tips:

  • Use every public venue with caution, regardless of how clean and tidy it looks. This includes car dealerships as well as garages.
  • Disinfect the entire vehicle, inside-and-out, before handing it over.
  • Do not shy away from taking your car to the repair shop in case it needs fixing. If you follow the CDC’s prevention guidelines, you should be safe.
  • Trying to repair your car on your own because of the fear of getting infected from an auto repair worker may end up making the problem worse. Vehicle repairs that involve security systems and risk your safety and others are best left to professional workshops. 
  • Since people are trying to avoid public transportation, there’s an increase in the number of people looking to buy a car. If you are planning to sell your car, now might be the right time to do so!

Take measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19:

  • Make sure you and others around you regularly wash hands with soap and water and dry with a paper towel.
  • Use sanitizers regularly with a minimum of 70% alcohol content.
  • Make sure that you and others around you are covering their mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing.
  • Use tissue paper when you cough or sneeze. And throw them away immediately.
  • Do not shake hands.
  • Use an N95 mask when possible. The use of dust masks may not avoid the transfer of the virus.

Image credit: Consumer Reports

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