An ordinary American driver stays in the car for 18 days per year, which is actually an average of 8 hours and 22 minutes weekly. This is an OnePoll study actually surveyed 2,000 American car owners. This shows that a car owner does forge a close bond with their vehicle.
On the down side, car interiors can be very dirty, and these microorganisms can cause sickness. According to a research done by the UK’s University of Birmingham, a kid’s car seat could have humongous germs compared to an ordinary toilet seat and that is very disgusting! But do not worry, there are many means of cleaning and disinfecting the inside of your car.
Where does the germs hide?
They lurk in places such as:
Cabin air filter
If you keep your window open while you drive, your cabin air filter could have pollen grains, mold spores, and germs. When it gets too dirty, it cannot perform well. The filter will eventually affect the quality of air in your car.
Seat upholstery and carpet are great hiding places of food crumbs where bacteria and other microorganisms can thrive and grow. Other favorite places of germs are in dashboards, door handles, shifters, touch screens, and steering wheels.
If you think your car keys are safe, you are wrong. They are always used, thrown or dropped on dirty surfaces that may have a lot of viruses and bacteria. And when you pick them up again, the germs leap on your skin.
These germs inside the interior of your car may produce diarrhea, vomiting and coughing. To help you be aware, here are other usual germs:
- Cold and flu viruses. Examples are influenza and rhinovirus.
- Intestinal organisms that includes Norovirus, salmonella, and E.Coli
- Coronaviruses like COVID-19
- Allergens and mold spores.
Protect yourself and your family
Vacuum your car every month. Utilize a brush attachment for the carpet and seat fabric. Use a crevice tool in vacuuming small corners and coves where a lot of bacteria and food crumbs stay. Do not forget to vacuum under and between the seats.
Shampoo your cabin’s cloth material sometimes as microscopic small pieces like dust, pollen and germs can enter your seat upholstery and carpet. Shampoo the floor mats as well and dry them under the sunlight. That will disinfect them. If you do not have time, bring your car to an auto body shops who can do the job for you.
Disinfect with disinfectant agent on your vinyl, exposed plastic, metal surfaces. Wipe your trim, dash, cup holders, door panels using disinfectant wipes. It may be wise to use disinfectant spray to clean the air inside your car leaving it fresh and clean.
Chaney’s Collision Center can do just that for you, and even more as it takes pride on the kind of service it offers. Chaney’s Collision Center has highly skilled technicians so check out any of the 3 branches: a) 13148 W. Foxfire Dr 113 Surprise, b) 7161 N 61st Ave, Glendale, and c) 7910 N. Glen Harbor Blvd. Glendale, Arizona. Call Chaney’s Collision Center now at (623) 915-2886.