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Kill Coronavirus in Your Car



Coronavirus; wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, and do it often. But, what about your car? Until I read an article put out by Consumer Reports I had not given cleaning my car for Coronavirus much thought.


Disinfecting high-touch areas is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family. That includes those areas outside the car we all touch, and those inside, such as the steering wheel, doors, windows and handles, the shift leaver, seat adjusters, turn signal and wiper leavers, armrests, touchscreens, and all those intriguing buttons.


But, How To Disinfect Them?


The interior of a car is not as hardy as a kitchen counter or bathroom sink. You may ask; “what is the best way to disinfect the inside of your car without damaging it?”



Products containing at least 70 percent alcohol are effective in killing coronavirus according to Health Canada. In most cases, nearly all surfaces can be disinfected with isopropyl alcohol, and most household cleaners will work too.


What Not To Use


Now for the WARNING! This information is provided by Discount Motor City, where you will find the best used cars for sale in Surrey, but we cannot, and do not take any responsibility for the results. We present this information solely as a thoughtful idea, with the best information we have. But, what absolutely not to use?


Do not use bleach or hydrogen peroxide on the inside of your car. They are effective in killing the coronavirus, but they can just as easily damage the interior surfaces of your car.


And, ammonia-based cleaners? Do not use those on touch screens as they can damage the anti-fingerprinting and anti-glare coatings.


What Else Can You Do?


Just like the advice about washing your hands, vigorous washing with soap and water can destroy the coronavirus. The friction from vigorous washing destroys the outer membrane of the coronavirus so it cannot attach to the cells in your body. Water and soap are not fool-proof “but it can chip away at the risk” suggests Dr. Stephen Thomas, M.D., chief of infectious diseases at the Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, and they are also safe on most car interiors.


The Final Word?


Most car leathers and imitation leathers have urethane coatings for protection, which is safe to clean with alcohol. But over time, cleaning leather with alcohol may leave it susceptible to damage and discoloration, and cleaning too vigorously can damage some dyes.


In short, it is a “balancing act” between safety, cleanliness and keeping the inside of your car shiny and clean. And it is not just about cleaning, it is about looking after the interior by finishing up with a good conditioner and washing your hands – often.


Discount Motor City, used car sales Surrey, BC


Discount Motor City is a family-owned and operated business. Just like you, we are concerned about the health and safety of our friends and family. And we do what we can to provide credible information. That includes the way we offer our used cars for sale in Surrey too. We offer a “no push, no pressure” environment, where you can come and ask questions about any of our used cars for sale.


See us today if you are looking for a quality used car at a great price. As an example, I am looking at our used car list and we even have a number of cars priced well under $3,000 and they are used cars anyone would be happy to drive. We want to be your used car dealership in Surrey and most important, everything we do is focused on making and keeping our clients happy.


Best wishes from all of us at Discount Motor City used car sales in Surrey, BC.




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