Men Washing His Car

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

At Porsche of Burlington, we fully understand the concerns our clients have about exposure to COVID-19, or coronavirus. People in Burlington and across Massachusetts are frequently using hand sanitizer, wearing masks and sanitizing items they purchase on their errands. This helps to reduce the risk of exposure to germs outside their homes. What's easy to overlook, though, is that once they load those purchased items into their Porsche, those items are touching interior surfaces. 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?

Every Porsche vehicle is made of a variety of different high-quality materials, including leather on the seats and plastic on the dash. What you'll find is that several tools are required to properly sanitize all of those materials. 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?

Always wash your hands before sanitizing your Porsche, 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. It's also smart to keep a package of disinfectant wipes and a bottle of hand sanitizer in your Porsche at all times.

Worker washing of interior leather seats

How to Clean Leather Seats in My Car

Before using the leather cleaner you have, make sure to spot test it on a hidden area to ensure it works properly on your seats. When you're cleaning, always use a microfiber cloth to prevent scratching and scuffing of the leather. And if you don't have any cleaner on hand, simply mix two parts vinegar with one part water to make your own. Afterward, apply leather conditioner to give your seats some extra polishing.

How to Disinfect Surfaces in My Car

The most important areas of your Porsche 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 perfectly well for this application. Just dampen the surface you’re cleaning, then scrub for 20-30 seconds. Make sure to pay attention to surfaces you touch most frequently, including but not limited to the 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, it's difficult for germs to live on the exterior of your Porsche. That doesn't mean you should skip over it when cleaning your vehicle, though. It's still smart to disinfect areas like 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 Porsche 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 Porsche of 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 Porsche dealership in Burlington, MA.