How to disinfect your Toyota vehicle without damaging the interior
During cold and flu season, we are always reminded to wash our hands and not touch our faces. The same holds true as we try to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Steps have been taken to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus but one of the things we should also talk about is how to disinfect your Toyota vehicle without damaging the interior. Even if you do not think that you have been exposed to the virus, it still would not hurt to give your vehicle a thorough cleaning.
What areas of my vehicle should be disinfected?
The high-frequency areas of your vehicle are where you should be focusing. Items like door handles, your steering wheel, shift lever, turn signal, grab handles, as well as buttons and knobs on your infotainment system, etc. should be where you concentrate your efforts. This does not mean that you should stop there. You definitely can clean other surfaces inside of your vehicle!
What cleaning products can be used inside of my vehicle?
If you are someone that uses bleach or hydrogen peroxide to clean, that is great, but not for the interior of your vehicle. These two products are too harsh, and they will cause damage. Take a look at the cleaners you currently have in your home. Do any of them have 70% alcohol? If so, those would be a great option to use inside of your vehicle.
Now, if you do not have anything in your home that is 70% alcohol, you can use soap and water. However, if this is the route that you take, then you need to scrub. The virus is surrounded by a protective envelope that can be destroyed by friction. Please note that you need to make sure you do not use so much soap and water that you soak through the fabric to the cushion. This could result in your vehicle smelling musty.
One final point. If your vehicle has leather inside of it, make sure that you take care of it after you clean it. So, wash it with the 70% alcohol cleaner or with the soap and water, and then use a good leather cleaner and conditioner.