Tips on how to disinfect your vehicle without damaging its interior.
Updated: Jun 19, 2021
We want to give tips on how to disinfect your vehicle as we aim to stop the spread of COVID-19. Frequent hand washing as directed by the Ministry of Health of Malaysia ( MOH ) is a crucial part of staying healthy, but so is disinfecting surfaces, including those in your car.
The MOH suggests wearing disposable gloves for cleaning and then disinfecting surfaces. If a surface appears dirty, it should be wiped down with soap and water prior to disinfection. For vehicle interiors, a soft or microfiber cloth dampened with soap and water can be used to wipe down hard surfaces.
While most common household disinfectants are effective, some are not ideal for use on a vehicle including bleach, hydrogen peroxide, benzene, thinners or other harsh and abrasive cleaners. These chemical products can damage your vehicle's upholstery and/or interior surfaces. Instead, alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol* are effective against the coronavirus according to the MOH, and can be safely used in your vehicle.
The infotainment screen is tricky because it's a high-touch area that should not come in contact with aggressive cleaners. Use screen wipes or a soft cloth dampened with soap and water to clean the screen surface. Wipe dry with a clean, soft cloth. Ammonia-based cleaners should not be used on infotainment screens, as they can damage the anti-glare and anti-fingerprint coatings. If the vehicle is equipped, using voice commands can help avoid touching the center screen altogether.
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We providing a checklist to help you remember vehicles surfaces to regularly disinfect:
Key and remote fob
Exterior door handles, both sides
Trunk lid or lift gate grab areas
Interior door pulls, both sides and interior door panels
Start button, if equipped
Rear view mirror, back and edges
Turn signal lever
Windshield wiper controls
Center stack knobs
Center console and arm rest
Seat belt and buckle. Avoid harsh cleaners on the belt itself, they can degrade the fibres and the belt's strength.
Parking brake handle, parking brake or release lever
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