How Long Does Coronavirus Survive on Surfaces?

The interior of your vehicle contains many different surfaces, and it can be difficult to know how to properly sanitize each one. Whether you're cleaning plastics, leather, metals or wiping down your vehicle's touchscreen, there are different tools you should use. According to 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."


What's the Best Way to Sanitize My Car's Interior?

Before you begin, wash your hands and wear disposable gloves if you have any. 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 a good idea to keep a bottle of hand sanitizer or disinfectant wipes in your vehicle so you can routinely wipe down surfaces.


How to Disinfect Surfaces in My Car?

The most important areas of your Chrysler or Jeep 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 and water can be most effective for many areas, but for high-touch parts of your vehicle, you should use a disinfecting solution. These 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?

The exterior of your vehicle isn't as high risk due to environmental factors like the sun, but it's always better to be safe. You should wipe down surfaces like door handles and clean other areas as needed.


Are There Disinfectants I Should Avoid Using in My Car?

If you want to avoid damaging your Dodge or Jeep'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.


How to Clean Leather Seats in My Car?

Before using any type of leather cleaner, be sure to spot test it on a hidden area to ensure it will work well for your specific seats. A microfiber cloth can help you avoid scratching the leather, and if you don't have any leather cleaner on hand, you can mix two parts vinegar with one part water to make your own solution. You can also choose to apply a leather conditioner after cleaning.

Here at Bolles Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, we want to do our part to help educate our customers 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 Ram, Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep dealership in Stafford, CT.