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Don’t forget to add your vehicle to your cleaning routine during these times

How do I disinfect my car? 

At this point, you are probably working from home or spending valuable time trying to find various household staples in light of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic affecting every corner of our planet. You’re also probably washing your hands more and giving your house a vigorous deep cleaning. But have you also brought that level of cleaning out to your driveway? If you’re wondering, ‘How do I disinfect my car,’ the automotive experts staffing our team did a little research to give you the best information we could find. Hopefully, this will help you keep you and your family as healthy as possible and we will all be back to normal as quickly as possible.  

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Do I need anything special to disinfect my vehicle? 

For what it’s worth, the process to clear your car, truck or SUV from the highly contagious COVID-19 virus is largely the same as what you’ve already done inside your house. This means using soap and hot water on appropriate surfaces. If you’re going to be using this time to clean your vehicle’s upholstery, be sure to test your cleaning solution on a spot that won’t be seen in case something weird happens. 

When it comes to cleaning the surfaces in your vehicle, the research we’ve found suggests scrubbing those surfaces for 20 seconds, just like you’re supposed to be doing with your hands. Also, you should be wearing disposable gloves while you’re cleaning anything. You’ll want to pay particular attention to commonly touched elements including:

• Steering wheel 
• Door handles

• Gear shifter 
• Seat belts and buckles

• Dashboard 
• Center Console

How do I clean the touchscreen? 

To be sure, your vehicle’s infotainment system will need to get cleaned. You obviously won’t want to be splashing water on electronics, but you can use the same wipes you’ve (hopefully) been wiping down your phone with. You should avoid using solvent- and alcohol-based cleaning products on anything that has a touchscreen. However, the best way to keep devices clean is to keep your hands clean.  

If there is anything a Toyota of Decatur product expert can do to help you through these fraught times, make an appointment with us today.