During COVID-19, taking precautions is the best way to stay safe. Even though you are staying indoors most of the time, you may have to step outside to buy groceries or for medical emergencies. In such circumstances, you may use your car to go to the shop or hospital.
Experts say that coronavirus can stay on any surface for up to 72 hours. Thus, it becomes essential to clean and disinfect your vehicle.
Here are the steps you can take to clean and disinfect your car:
When disinfecting your vehicle, make sure to protect yourself by wearing gloves and a face mask. It will be best to use disposable gloves and masks that can be thrown after cleaning your car.
Keep a bin liner or plastic bag handy to dispose of your protection gear after use. Also, put all of your rubbish such as tissue papers found in the car inside the bag, and put straight into sealed garbage can later.
It is important to clean the car before disinfecting is done. Ensure that the cleaning agent you use does not damage your car. There are several surfaces in a vehicle that are made of different materials. For instance, there is glass, plastic, vinyl, leather, etc. Using the good-old solution of soap and water is the best for cleaning most surfaces. Alternatively, you can also use detergent and water.
The first point of contact is the door handles and should also be the first to disinfect after cleaning. As you move on further, make sure that you disinfect every part of the front cabin. This should include the steering wheel, glove compartment, switches, hand brake, touchscreen, etc.
Similarly, clean and disinfect everything on the backside such as cupholders, armrests, and internal door releases. Don’t forget to disinfect the seatbelts and clips. After routine maintenance, the engine bay area should also be cleaned.
Cleaning and disinfecting the floor is equally crucial. Take out the mats and vacuum clean the floor. Wash the mats with the same solution and allow them to air dry before placing them back.
Lastly, disinfect the latch and the indoors of the boot if you were out grocery shopping. This is where you would have kept your bags, and it is advisable to clean every area that comes in contact with anything external.
After you have cleaned and disinfected your car, make sure that you also disinfect your car keys. For maximum protection, it is also best to keep your vehicle secured. For assistance with all your insurance needs, contact the experts at Phocus Insurance today.
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