With the global spread of COVID-19, humans everywhere are on a mission to disinfect everything. From our mail to our groceries, sanitization has taken on a whole new meaning. Your vehicle is no exception to the disinfection rule, and with a new strain of infection recently discovered overseas, regular auto detailing is more critical than ever.
We remain optimistic that a vaccine will help us regain control and return to life as we know it. However, we’re currently in the thick of it, and it’s important to stay diligent in fighting the spread of the virus. Car detailing and sanitizing your vehicle routinely will assist with this, especially if you’ve had exposure to the virus.
Detailing Your Car
For many people, taking on the task of detailing your car yourself is a massive undertaking. Not only is car disinfecting essential to your health, but it makes the interior of your car feel like it just came off the showroom floor. A professional in mobile detailing services is your best bet for both saving time and sweat, but if you’ve got your heart set on doing it yourself, there are a few things you should know.
Essentially, there are various car and auto detailing levels and thousands of products available to help you get your vehicle squeaky clean. Every professional detailer has different methods and techniques, so it may be difficult for you to figure out where to begin.
A great place to start is knowing which materials to use and how to use them, and which to avoid. Having this knowledge will keep you from inadvertently ruining the interior of your car, as well as dodging utilizing anything toxic to you, your kids, or your pets.
The Best (and Worst) Materials for a DIY Car Detail
If you’re detailing your car at home, you’ll want to start with a clear water rinse to get rid of extra dust, dirt, and grime. As tempting as it might be, don’t reach for materials of convenience, such as bleach-based cleaners or dishwashing liquid.
The Right Soap
Instead, utilize a soap that is specifically meant for detailing vehicles. You can ask your local detailer which they prefer, or check out the shelves at your local auto shop. A harsh soap will strip oils from your car, and deteriorate your paint over the course of time.
If you have leather upholstery, you should know to be very careful about what type of cleaning agents you use on your leather seats and leather interiors. Even if you have imitation leather, you still want to use cleaning products that are specifically made for these materials. Otherwise, you’ll run the risk of damaging these materials and interior surfaces.
Avoid Sponges and Vacuum Last
Sponges tend to trap a ton of gritty dirt, even after rinsing. If you wash your car with a sponge, you could be inflicting micro-scratches on the exterior of your car without realizing it.
After you’ve rinsed your car, dry it with a microfiber cloth and move on to the interior. When it’s time to detail the inside, start with the top. You’ll want to vacuum your carpets last, so you can ensure that you’ve picked up the dust and dirt that have fallen out of AC vents and off of the dash.
Utilize Brushes and Ditch Silicone Sprays
A small, detailers brush and a sturdier bristled brush for seats and carpets will assist you in making sure your vacuum job is up to professional standards. Avoid silicone dashboard protectant sprays, as they leave a film that tends to attract more dust.
Not to mention, the glossy finish will reflect on your windshield, making it harder to see. Instead, choose a spray with a matte finish as an alternative.
Windows Come Last
Save the windows for last. Cleaning them before you spray down your dashboard is counterproductive, and you’ll likely have to clean them again.
Unlike the exterior of your car, windows are a great place to use dish soap. There are various choices on the shelves at every local retailer, and they’ll leave you with a streak-free shine every time. Remember, use a microfiber cloth for a gentle clean.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Disinfecting Your Car
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), you can successfully disinfect your car using solutions that contain at least 70% alcohol. Wipe down high-touch surfaces in your vehicle, including the shifter, dashboard, steering wheel, and radio, with a soft cloth and isopropyl alcohol.
However, leather is different, and you can clean it with gentle soap and water, followed by a high-quality leather conditioner. Never use bleach, hydrogen peroxide, or ammonia-based cleaners on the interior or exterior of your car.
If your car has a touch-screen, avoid using harsh cleaners to wipe off fingerprints. This screen is a frequently touched area, so it can be tempting to spray it with Lysol and call it a day.
We want you to keep every part of your car in working order, so instead, clean it with gentle soap and minimal water.
Which Areas of Your Vehicle to Disinfect
A reputable mobile detailing company will know which sections of your vehicle need disinfecting the most. If you’re doing it yourself, you’ll want to consider tackling the following high-touch areas, which include but are not limited to:
● Key fob
● Steering wheel
● Start button
● Trunk lid, handles, and other grab areas
● HVAC vents
● Door handles
● Parking brake
● Every part of the seatbelt
● Turn signal lever and center console
● Review mirror and sun visors
Disinfect Your Vehicle with US Auto Spa
At US Auto Spa, we know how essential your safety, and the safety of your family and friends, are to you. We are a premier mobile car detailing service in the Atlanta area, and we’ve been in the business of serving our customers for more than twenty years.
We excel in auto detailing and disinfection and paint correction, ceramic coating, odor removal, and so much more. We understand what it takes when it comes to cleaning and disinfecting your vehicle. We are committed to helping you kill the virus. Call us and schedule your appointment today!