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How To Clean and Sanitize Your Car
Tips On How to Keep Your Car Clean

At Audi Burlington, we fully understand the concerns our clients have about exposure to COVID-19, or coronavirus. You may have seen that many people in the Burlington area are wearing gloves, frequently using hand sanitizer and sanitizing items they purchase during errands. What’s easy to overlook, though, is that once those items are loaded into their vehicle, 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 store or pharmacy. 

Car cleaner wiping car door with rag

How Long Does Coronavirus Survive on Surfaces?

Your Audi is comprised of many different materials, including plastic, metal, leather and carbon fiber in certain cases. To properly clean these various surfaces, you'll find that 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?

Wash your hands before cleaning your vehicle, and make sure to wear disposable gloves if you have them. 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. It's also smart to keep a package of disinfecting wipes and a bottle of hand sanitizer in your vehicle at all times, so you can quickly wipe down things as needed.

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How to Clean Leather Seats in My Car

If your Audi has leather seats, then you're probably aware that special cleaner is needed for them. Always spot test the cleaner you have on a hidden area, so you know it works properly. And when you're wiping things down, use a microfiber cloth to avoid scuffing or scratching the leather. Don't have cleaner? Make your own by mixing one part water with two parts vinegar. Afterward, apply leather conditioner if possible.

How to Disinfect Surfaces in My Car

The most important areas of your Audi 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 works well for this application. Just dampen the surface of whatever you'd like to clean, then scrub for 20-30 seconds. Focus on high-touch areas like 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, wind, rain and other weather elements, germs are less likely to thrive on the exterior of your Audi. It's still smart to wipe down exterior surfaces 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 Audi 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 Audi Burlington, 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 Audi dealership in Burlington, MA.