MILAN – In this period of medical emergency due to the spread of COVID-19 there are many precautions taken to try to contain the infection. Proper cleaning of the interior of your car is no exception, especially if you are forced to continue driving for work or other needs. Washing the car is not enough, so it is legitimate to ask how do you thoroughly sanitize your car? automobile.it, site of classifieds of used cars, new, Km 0 and rental owned by the eBay group, with the help of Giuseppe Quagliata, Operations Manager of Wash Out, a company specialized in the car wash business, provides 5 useful tips .
The importance of hygiene in private means of transport
According to the centers for the control and prevention of infectious diseases, the spread occurs mainly from person to person and there is a much lower risk of contracting the virus through indirect contact.
In any case, at a time when every measure aimed at slowing down diffusion is fundamental, attention to the hygiene of the means of transport also plays a primary role. This is particularly true for cars where passengers are not from the same family: «in these cases it is very important to contact professionals for a first decontamination of the car. After a decontamination, in fact, it will be easier to proceed with periodic purifications of the car in do-it-yourself mode ».
Where to start from? Gearbox and steering wheel
The first thing to do when you are preparing yourself to sanitize the interior of the car is to wear gloves and a mask. Only then can the passenger compartment be sanitized with disinfectant products. First you have to devote yourself to cleaning the areas that touch each other more frequently such as the steering wheel and the gear lever.
Then, you can carefully switch to the multimedia system controls, the door panels, the interior handles. In this regard, it is advisable to give a pass also to the outside of the car, both to the door handles and to the handle of the tailgate. The last thing to take care of are all the interior linings, even the least easy to reach.
“If possible – adds Giuseppe Quagliata of Wash Out – I would always suggest the use of nebulizers to spray the product more widely on the surfaces. In addition, it is recommended to let it act for about 30 seconds and then remove it with the cloth ».
Yes to disinfectants, but beware of bleach
Among the products suggested and most used by companies that manufacture components for car interiors are alcohol-based detergents, appreciated for the latter's ability to effectively remove germs. Other usable disinfectants are those based on ethanol («prefer products with concentrations not lower than 70%»), chlorine or bleach.
The latter, however, require a lot of attention, so much so that “the use of products with active chlorine concentrations higher than 0.1% and the use of bleach if not heavily diluted is not recommended”.
Due to the powerful chemical action they could eliminate germs and bacteria, but also ruin internal materials such as plastics or more delicate surfaces.
For each surface the correct product
Also, ammonia-based products such as blue ones should not be used to clean the windows that tend to break the vinyl material of the dashboard, making it sticky when subjected to heat and light. Better, if you do not have the most suitable products, prefer a simple solution of soap and water, which still allows you to make a good sanitation inside the car.
The same applies if there are leather coverings: it is better to use specific products so as not to cause halos or aging of the treated surface and always make sure to spray the product on the cloth and not directly on the coverings to be treated.
One last tip goes to the type of cloth with which to apply the product to sanitize the environment. In fact, to avoid risks, it is advisable to use a very normal disposable home paper towel roll. So, once the operations are finished, we get rid of every object. In the end, take off your gloves and mask, you have to remember to wash your hands thoroughly and you're done.
As Wash Out suggests also: “To conclude the car purification procedure, we suggest the purchase and use of a spray sanitizer with biocide action for the car's air conditioning system”. And, if you think about it, even when the quarantine is over, it would not be bad every now and then to thoroughly clean your car.