Men Washing His Car

How To Clean and Sanitize Your Car
Tips on How to Clean Your Car

At Land Rover Sudbury, we fully understand the concerns our clients have about exposure to COVID-19, or coronavirus. To reduce the risk of exposure to germs outside their homes, many people in Sudbury and beyond are wearing gloves, frequently using hand sanitizer and cleaning items they purchase during their errands. What's easy to overlook, though, is that once you load those items into your vehicle, they are then touching interior surfaces. 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?

You may have noticed that your Range Rover or Land Rover is made up of many different materials, like plastic, metal, leather and carbon fiber in some cases. You'll find that to clean all of these surfaces properly, several tools are needed. 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 Land Rover. And if you have them, now would be a good time to 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. To be ready to wipe down surfaces as needed, keep disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer in your vehicle at all times.

Worker washing of interior leather seats

How to Clean Leather Seats in My Car

Does your Land Rover or Range Rover have leather seats? Please note that only leather cleaner should be used on them. To make sure the cleaner you have works properly, simply spot test it on a hidden area within your vehicle's interior. And when cleaning, make sure to use a microfiber cloth to prevent scratching the material. Don't have leather cleaner? You can make your own by mixing one part water with two parts vinegar. After cleaning, apply leather conditioner to make your seats shine.

How to Disinfect Surfaces in My Car

The most important areas of your Land Rover 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 to clean the surfaces in your Land Rover or Range Rover interior. Just dampen whatever you'd like to clean, then scrub for 20-30 seconds. Focus on high-touch areas within your vehicle, 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 and other weather elements, germs are less likely to live on the exterior of your vehicle. That being said, it's still smart to disinfect areas you touch most frequently, including the door handles, handle buttons and gas cap.

Are There Disinfectants I Should Avoid Using in My Car?

If you want to avoid damaging your Land Rover or Range Rover 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 Land Rover Sudbury, 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 Land Rover dealership in Sudbury, Massachusetts.