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Cleaning and Sanitizing Your Cars
Tips On How to Keep Your Car Clean

At Herb Chambers Lexus of Sharon, we fully understand the concerns our clients have about exposure to COVID-19, or coronavirus. Lexus drivers in Sharon are using hand sanitizer and wiping down items they purchase to reduce the risk of spreading or contracting germs. What they might forget, though, is that once they load items 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.

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How Long Does Coronavirus Survive on Surfaces?

Every Lexus is comprised of many different materials, including leather, metal and even carbon fiber on certain models. To properly clean these varied surfaces, you'll find that several tools may be required. 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 touching your vehicle and 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. Always keep disinfecting wipes and a bottle of hand sanitizer in your vehicle, so you have quick sanitization tools when you're on the go.

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How to Clean Leather Seats in My Car

Leather cleaner should be used whenever you need to clean the leather seats in your vehicle. First, be sure to spot test the solution on a hidden area in your vehicle. This will help you to make sure it works properly on your seats. Second, use a microfiber cloth to avoid scratching the leather. Don't have leather cleaner? Simply mix one part water to two parts vinegar to make your own. Afterward, apply leather conditioner if possible.

How to Disinfect Surfaces in My Car

The most important areas of your Lexus 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. You can use dish soap here. Just dampen the surface of what you'd like to clean, then scrub for 20-30 seconds. After that, make sure to focus on high-touch areas within your Lexus model's interior, including the dash and steering wheel. 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?

If you want to avoid damaging your BRAND'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.

Are There Disinfectants I Should Avoid Using in My Car?

If you want to avoid damaging your Lexus 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 Lexus of Sharon, 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 Lexus dealership in Sharon, MA.