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Tips on How to Clean Your Car

At Herb Chambers Porsche, we fully understand the concerns our clients have about exposure to COVID-19, or coronavirus. To reduce the risk of exposure to germs, many people in Boston and across Massachusetts are wearing gloves, frequently using hand sanitizer and sanitizing items they purchase during their errands. What's easy to overlook, though, is that once those items are loaded into your vehicle, they are then touching the interior. According to the World Health Organization, 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. 

Car cleaner wiping car door with rag

How Long Does Coronavirus Survive on Surfaces?

When it comes time to disinfect your Porsche, you'll notice that the interior is made up of a wide variety of different surfaces. From leather to plastic and even carbon fiber in certain cases, you'll find that several tools are needed to disinfect everything properly. 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."

Cleaning the interior of the car with a microfiber cloth

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

Always wash your hands before sanitizing your vehicle. And if you have them, wear 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. Have extra disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer? Keep some of both in your vehicle, so you can quickly sanitize your Porsche's interior as needed.

Worker washing of interior leather seats

How to Clean Leather Seats in My Car

Do you have leather cleaner? Before applying it to your seats, make sure to spot test it on a hidden area to ensure it works properly. And when cleaning, use a microfiber cloth, as it helps to prevent scratching of the leather. If you don't have any leather cleaner, you can make your own by mixing one part water to two parts vinegar. After cleaning has finished, it's smart to use leather conditioner.

How to Disinfect Surfaces in My Car

The most important areas of your Porsche 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 be used for this application. First, dampen the surface of what you'd like to clean. Then, scrub for 20-30 seconds. It's important to pay extra attention to surfaces you touch most frequently, including the steering wheel and dash. Other high-touch 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?

Thanks to the sun, wind, rain and other weather elements, germs are less likely to thrive on the exterior of your Porsche. With that being said, it's still smart to disinfect areas you touch frequently, including the door handles, handle buttons and the gas cap.

Are There Disinfectants I Should Avoid Using in My Car?

If you want to avoid damaging your Porsche model'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.

Here at Herb Chambers Porsche, we want to do our part to help educate our clients 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 Porsche dealership in Boston, MA.