The Coronavirus has forced just about all of us to alter our lives. Whether it is though social distancing, or cleaning surfaces a bit more thoroughly, the Coronavirus outbreak has forced us all to look at how we live.
When it comes to taking important shopping trips for food and supplies, or transporting a loved one to the doctor's office, we have to keep our cars just as clean as our homes. Check out some ways that we share when it comes to keeping you and your car clean during Coronavirus COVD-19 outbreak.
Keeping You And Your Car Clean During The Coronavirus Outbreak –
Begin Each Commute With A Great Wash
Before you begin each trip in your car, it may be a good ideal to wash your hands thoroughly. Experts say that you should spend 20-30 seconds washing your hands. Other analysts state that say that there really is no difference between anti-bacterial soap and regular soap. What kills the germs is the amount of time you wash.
Wiping Down Doorknobs and Keys
Even before you begin your trip during this Coronavirus outbreak, it would serve you to wipe down your home door, car key, alarm and even the car door handles. Wherever your hands come into contact with another surface, you should wipe it down.
Perhaps you can take a wipe and use it all over a door knob as well as your keys. Take your time, ensuring you get all surfaces that you touch, are disinfected.
Vacuum Your Car Regularly
Your car collects as well as attracts dust. And with a mixture of both warm as well as cold days, you have to think of what germs will stay and what will go.
So, if you are able to, vacuum your car regularly. Don’t forget to remove the mats on your car and vacuum the areas where your mats are. Additionally, you should vacuum your car each week or even twice a week if you can, to minimize infections and dirt. Think about it. You get in and out of your car on those days you choose to shop for groceries and run errands.
Keep Your Car's Carpets Clean
Having clean car carpets will help you minimize your chance of getting sick. It will also help you to feel better… give you peace too.
If you cannot get to a car vacuum, try to take a microfiber cloth or a terry washcloth and spray a bit of disinfectant spray on the cloth. Then wipe that cloth over your carpets. You can attempt to lift any particles on the carpets you see. This method works as the next best thing when a car vacuum isn’t possible.
Keeping You And Your Car Clean During The Coronavirus- Wiping Down the Inside
Be sure that you take the time to deep clean your seats with a nice mixture of soap and water. If you have cloth seats, vacuum them, then spray them with a disinfectant spray.
Unfortunately, fabric seats tend to soak in the bacteria. This is the perfect setup for infections. So, make sure that you tend to your seats regularly. Check the ingredients on your cleaners and if you have a question, call the manufacturer and ask if the cleaner is safe to use on your car.
The steering wheel, console…
Don't forget to wipe down your steering wheel. Think about this. You pick up vegetables, fruits and other items at a grocery store. Then, you have to touch bags, money and other surfaces that potentially have germs. You have to wipe down your steering wheel and keep it free from disease. It may even help to keep a pack of disinfecting wipes in your car, especially during the Coronavirus outbreak.
You also want to wipe down your car cup-holders, and console. Don't forget that glove compartment too!
According to the Centers For Disease Control (CDC): “It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.”
And for those high touch surfaces in the interior of your car, you can make an ammonia-based hot water solution. Then, put it in a spray bottle and carry it in your car, along with some paper towels.
You want to deep clean those car switches, knobs, screens and more. Make sure that your clean is diluted as the acidic property may damage the touchscreen display's plastic or glass surfaces.
Try to spray your cleaning solution on a cloth first, then begin to wipe.
Disinfect Your Car HVAC unit
Your car’s HVAC unit circulates air in the cabin your vehicle. This means that as a result, that air can and carry a number of viruses and infections. So, the solution to this is to deep clean your system, all the day down to the filters.
With warm days on the horizon, now may be a good time to clean your system, and the coolant topped off. You can ask your oil change professional to assist in doing this or a friendly mechanic.
Be sure to remove and clean the cabin filter. If you cannot find a professional to do this, then you can handle it. It’s located behind the glove compartment. Then, you can spray it with a disinfectant before putting it back in. Although you can find aerosol-based AC disinfectant spray cleaners online, the effectiveness may be questionable. So, you are better off on asking a mechanic or a car shop on some great ways to treat your HVAC unit during the COVID-19.
Keeping You And Your Car Clean During The Coronavirus Outbreak
What Cleaners are Best?
We are all feeling the effects of the Coronavirus outbreak. From toilet paper shortages, to price gouging allegedly happening online and in stores, what can we buy and keep to remain healthy? How can this be done in a cost effective manner? Let's break down some of the most common cleaners so you will know what to use in your car.
Bleach is a clear liquid cleaner, known for its distinctive smell as well as bactericidal properties. This makes bleach useful for disinfecting and sterilizing surfaces. Chlorine bleach generally contains sodium hypochlorite.Oxygen bleach contains hydrogen peroxide. Bleaching powder contains calcium hypochlorite. To kill the COVD-19 virus, the liquid bleach is ideal. While it can discolor colored fabrics, you may wish to dilute it with a bit of water and use it in a spray bottle. You never want to spray bleach directly on a surface, unless you are confident it is completely safe to do so.
Soap is a is a salt of a fatty acid. It's purpose is to clean and lubricate products. For the purposes of combating Coronavirus, liquid soap is effective in ridding of bacteria, viruses and germs. While many people find comfort in using anti-bacterial soap, a lot of the experts say to leave it be. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration states: “According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there isn’t enough science to show that over-the-counter (OTC) antibacterial soaps are better at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water. To date, the benefits of using antibacterial hand soap haven’t been proven. In addition, the wide use of these products over a long time has raised the question of potential negative effects on your health.” So, save money, ditch the anti-bacterial soap and read more here!
During the Coronavirus outbreak, there have been tremendous sales of hand sanitizer. It's most common function is to decrease infectious components and viruses on the hands. Hand sanitizer is composed of alcohol, such as ethyl alcohol; this is the active ingredient that is effective in killing viruses. You can also purchase hand sanitizer in non-alcohol formulas.
Alcohol-free hand sanitizers contain “quarternary ammonium” compounds, instead of alcohol. Although these can reduce microbes they are less effective than alcohol.
What About A “Car Quarantine”?
Quarantines may affect your driving habits. You may not frequent the stores that you used to. Additionally, with the Coronavirus outbreak, there are no movie theaters or other establishments that are open.
So, check out some tips we have regarding your car and your driving habits, during the Coronavirus pandemic:
- Your car is a piece of machinery and machinery likes utilization and exercise. So, one of the best ways to keep your car up to par, is to drive it. You don’t have to drive it every day, especially during a period of quarantine. You can drive it once a week. Perhaps the weather will allow for a 20 minute power walk to a nearby track. That is the perfect time to drive your car. Or for a quick trip to the grocery store. You can drive it there too. A good ten miles of driving once a week is ideal.
- You thinking of just turning your car on and letting it sit there for a few minutes? Well think about that again. First of all, lots of cities outlaw that. Secondly, that does not count as importantly as driving your car. So, please refer to point #1 and just drive your car.
We here at Cash Cars Buyer are committed to helping all stay healthy during this Coronavirus outbreak. We will continue to update you about information as it relates to your car.
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