Coronavirus and Your Car: The latest on bacteria and viruses

Coronavirus and Your Car: The latest on bacteria and viruses

As you can see in the above picture, we handle mold,bacteria,virus possibilities on a regular basis. That rag was used on just a steering wheel. It is FULL of bacteria. It is a normal everyday thing for us to know that these things exist in the interior of most cars. Lately, there has been a surge of misinformation going around about what kills what and how we can protect ourselves in these strange times. I’m here to help with that information. 

       I would like to start by pointing out we have amazing resource online through the CDC and EPA websites to discover what cleaners are working and how we can protect ourselves when cleaning. Steam is being tossed around as if it is the most amazing thing in this situation. The dirty truth is that steam will do absolutely nothing in a virus or disinfection scenario. The temp and dwell time necessary for steam to be effective, simply put, will damage your vehicle’s interior. 

       Bacteria is a regular and concerning problem in a vehicle’s interior. Regular maintenance is the ONLY way to keep it at a reasonable level. Now read that sentence again, “AT A REASONABLE LEVEL”. Trying to guarantee that we can perform surgery in a car because it is sterile is impossible and misguided information. What we can do is what we have always done as detailers. We can keep bacteria at bay with regular maintenance. This helps keep immune systems strong and the family healthy and sickness battle ready. 

      The fact of the matter is, if you are concerned Coronavirus may be in your car, DON’T USE IT. The virus has been said to die on surfaces within 24-48 hours and that’s being gracious. Again, these things can be found on the CDCs website. The goal of a detailer is not to line up 20 cars infected with the newest disease and attempt to sanitize that disease. That is silly ! 

       So, let’s talk about the things we CAN do for you. We can clean your steering wheel which has more bacteria than the average public toilet seat. We can wipe down your key fob and console which statistically has more bacteria and filth than your restroom at home. We can do what we have always done. You’re just realizing now that our services have been preventing the spread of bacteria all these years. 

       Detailing is a maintenance that needs to be performed on a regular basis. Whether you do it yourself or you hire a professional. We are seeing a surge in detail related questions because your average American is a nose picking , lack of hand washing, hard working person that is now realizing that we need to fix some of these habits. Cleanliness is next to Godliness and we are here to help. 

       We offer free advice 365 days out of the year. We have a YouTube channel to help educate the masses. We are always here to answer any questions you have and that is why we produce the content we do. Let’s all get our cars Dreamy and help keep bacteria at bay. Check out the legit websites that have proper information and always remember to glove up when you’re cleaning. A link to the recommended methods is listed below. Feel free to reach out with any questions you may have regarding your interior and the bacteria it breeds.

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