The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has officially been pronounced a global pandemic. According to the World Health Organization, 209,000 people have been infected and more than 8,700 are dead as of 20th, March 2020.
The virus which originated from China has seen the African continent being the least hit. So far, Nigeria has recorded 12 cases.
As the coronavirus keeps spreading, staying safe and keeping your surfaces clean becomes necessary in preventing the spread. While there's information littered online with safety measures, much hasn't been said on how to clean and disinfect your car against the virus.
Some automotive experts have shared some measures to take to kill the coronavirus in your car and Naijauto will be sharing them with you on this post.
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Tips for cleaning and disinfecting your car against coronavirus
Global health experts said the virus can live on the surface of hard plastics and metals for up to four days. Most car parts are made of plastics and metals, so disinfecting them frequently should become a priority. Especially if you're a taxi driver who carries lots of passengers or running a transportation business in Nigeria.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said solutions that contain at least 70% alcohol are effective in killing the coronavirus.
The world's largest supplier of car interior parts, Yanfeng Automotive Interior, said, their firm uses Isopropyl alcohol to disinfect and clean automotive parts in their factory. Isopropyl alcohol is said to be safe on almost everything, from painted chrome to plastic and imitation leather. You can also use it on real leathers and fabric upholstery.
Soap and water is also another effective disinfectant. However, the company says scrubbing the surfaces too hard can remove its color.
Again, car owners are advised not to use hydrogen peroxide or bleach on the inside of their cars. These solutions can equally kill coronavirus but they will damage your car upholstery.
Reports says direct sunlight or UV radiation can also kill coronavirus in a matter of minutes. Most modern cars have UV protection in their glass. Even if it's clear glass, the rays from the sun can hit the inside of your car, killing the virus.
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Now that you are aware of what to use and what not to use to clean your car, which of the interior parts should you be cleaning or disinfecting?
To start with, the surfaces that are frequently touched are to be cleaned. They are
- Steering wheel
- Door handles
- Shift lever
- Touchscreen or any button
- Grab handles
- Driver and passenger door armrest
- Seat adjusters
When cleaning or disinfecting, make sure you're wearing a disposable glove.
The outside of the car is less likely to carry the coronavirus. The sun can shorten its life span.
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