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

At Herb Chambers Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT® of Millbury, we fully understand the concerns our clients have about exposure to coronavirus. Many people in Millbury and beyond are frequently using hand sanitizer, wearing masks and wiping down items they purchase during their errands to reduce the risk of exposure to germs. What's easy to overlook, though, is that once you load those items into your Jeep, 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

Sanitization Measures at Herb Chambers Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT® of Millbury

We're proud to offer you some tips and tricks to keep your car sanitized, but we also wanted to inform you of the measures being taken by our team to ensure your safety and health remain top of mind. Every person, including our clients and employees, is required to wear a mask when visiting us. In addition, we've installed plexiglass dividers in areas at our dealership where social distancing is not possible. If you have any questions about our sanitization practices, please feel free to contact us directly.

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How Long Does Coronavirus Survive on Surfaces?

You'll find that your car, truck, van or SUV is made up of many different materials, like leather seating and plastic on the dash. Because of that, you'll need several tools to properly sanitize each surface. According to the National Institutes of Health, the coronavirus 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 Ram. 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. Keep disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer in your Ram at all times, so you can be ready to wipe down surfaces as needed.

Worker washing of interior leather seats

How to Clean Leather Seats in My Car

Do you have leather seats in your Jeep? It's important to note that you should only use leather cleaner on them. To ensure the cleaner you have works properly, simply spot test it on a hidden area within your vehicle's interior. And when you're cleaning, use a microfiber cloth to prevent scratching the leather. Don't have leather cleaner? You can make your own by mixing one part water with two parts vinegar. After cleaning, apply a leather conditioner if possible.

How to Disinfect Surfaces in My Car

The most important areas of your Jeep 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 on the interior of your Jeep. Simply dampen the surface of whatever you'd like to clean, then scrub for 20-30 seconds. Make sure to pay extra attention to the areas you touch most frequently, including your 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 car, truck, van, or SUV. That being said, it's still smart to disinfect the areas you touch most frequently, including 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 Ram 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 Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT® of Millbury, 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 Jeep dealership in Millbury, MA.

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