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How To Clean Your Car

At Jenkins Hyundai of Ocala, we fully understand the concerns our customers have about exposure to COVID-19, or coronavirus. Many Florida drivers are reducing their risk by using hand sanitizer and wearing gloves, but it's easy to overlook that your Hyundai interior may need to be sanitized as well. Items such as groceries can bring germs into your vehicle. According to the , 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. 


How Long Does Coronavirus Survive on Surfaces?

Your Hyundai interior is made up of many different surfaces, so you'll need different tools depending on which area you're cleaning. 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."


What's the Best Way to Sanitize My Car's Interior?

Wash your hands before you begin, and, if you have any available, it's a good idea to put on 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.


How to Disinfect Surfaces in My Car?

The most important areas of your Hyundai 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 can work well, just make sure you dampen the surface and scrub thoroughly for 20-30 seconds. Use a disinfecting solution on your steering wheel and dash, and don't forget to focus on other high-touch areas in your vehicle. These 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?

The sun and other environmental factors can kill the germs on the outside of your vehicle, but it's still good to routinely give it a once-over on high-touch areas. Make sure you clean areas like the door handles, handle buttons and gas cap.


Are There Disinfectants I Should Avoid Using in My Car?

If you want to avoid damaging your Hyundai'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.


How to Clean Leather Seats in My Car?

Make sure you spot test the leather cleaner in a hidden area to ensure it reacts well with your specific seats. If you don't have any leather cleaner on hand, you can make your own by mixing two parts vinegar and one part water. If you have a microfiber cloth, use that to avoid scratching the leather, and it's a good idea to apply a leather conditioner once you're finished.

Here at Jenkins Hyundai of Ocala, we want to do our part to help educate our customers 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 Hyundai dealership in Ocala, FL.