COVID-19 Car-Cleaning Tips

Car-Cleaning Tips

As our friends and neighbors throughout Pennsylvania stand in solidarity against the spread of COVID-19, the team at Faulkner Auto Group is also committed to doing our part.

By now, you’ve probably made a habit of washing your hands and cleaning high-touch surfaces around your home. However, one area you might be overlooking is your car. It’s understandable, since with social distancing and work-from-home schedules, driving has most likely taken a back seat.

Still, regularly sanitizing your vehicle is important, especially if and when you travel around the Trevose, Mechanicsburg, and Harrisburg areas. To know the proper techniques, check out our helpful guide!

Cleaning Car Interior

Which Products Are Safe to Clean My Car?

For best results, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend people use cleaning products that contain at least 70% isopropyl alcohol. This will effectively kill any presence of COVID-19 inside and outside your vehicle.

Additionally, household bleach diluted with water is a safe alternative if isopropyl alcohol isn’t available. You can make a solution that uses five tablespoons of bleach per one gallon of clean water.

Do not use any ammonia-based products when trying to clean your vehicle’s touchscreen display. This can damage its anti-glare and anti-fingerprint coatings.

It’s important to note: Isopropyl alcohol and bleach should only be used on non-porous surfaces. Using a spray bottle and microfiber cloth, you should regularly clean the following areas of your car:

  • Door handles and windows
  • Gas cap and liftgate handle
  • Cupholders and steering wheel
  • All metal and plastic knobs, buttons, or dashboard

Cleaning Car Seats

How Do I Safely Sanitize My Car’s Upholstery?

Cloth, leather, and other porous materials inside your vehicle require a less-abrasive technique to clean. While most leather and imitation leather seats are protected with urethane, this coating can wear off over time if exposed to alcohol or bleach. This can lead to permanent discoloration.

The best approach is to use good old-fashioned soap and water. Make a light solution and with a soft sponge, gently wipe down your seats and dashboard. The scrubbing motion should kill the COVID-19 virus while leaving your car looking and smelling great.

Car Wash

Can’t I Just Go to the Car Wash?

Absolutely! Depending on local rules and guidelines, an automatic car wash is a great option to sanitize the outside of your vehicle.

We do highly recommend you skip the vacuum station, instead opting to clean the inside of your car at home. You also should avoid any car wash that requires you to step outside or hand wash your vehicle.

Washing Hands

And, of Course, Wash Your Hands!

Spending the time and energy to disinfect your car will mean little if you don’t regularly wash your hands with soap and water. Doctors recommend scrubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds to remove any virus or bacteria buildup.

Ideally, this should be done before leaving and immediately after you arrive back home. You also should clean any items you bring outside, including your smartphone, purse, and any shopping bags.

The Team at Faulkner Auto Group Is Here for You!

As a friendly neighbor in the community, we know we’re all in this together.

To learn more about what we’re doing to fight the COVID-19 virus, including our online sales program and curbside maintenance, call or reach out to us online today!


* National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), Division of Viral Diseases