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Car Sanitization Information
For Germain Hyundai Customer Support

At Germain Hyundai of Columbus, we fully understand the concerns our clients have about exposure to COVID-19, or coronavirus. In order to reduce the risk of exposure outside their homes, many people in Columbus and beyond are sanitizing items they purchase as they run their errands, as well as frequently using hand sanitizer. What's easy to overlook, though, is that once these items are loaded into your Hyundai, they are then touching various interior surfaces. According to the World Health Organization, studies suggest that the coronavirus may live on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. That means that you should be sanitizing the interior of your car to kill any germs it may have collected on your last visit to the grocery store or pharmacy. 

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How Long Does Coronavirus Survive on Surfaces?

You'll find that your Hyundai is made up of a wide variety of surfaces, including cloth on your seats and plastic on the dash. Therefore, several tools will be needed to properly sanitize your entire vehicle correctly. According to the 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."

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

Always wash your hands before sanitizing your Hyundai, and wear disposable gloves if you have them. 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 important to keep extra sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer in your vehicle at all times, so you can wipe down things as needed.

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How to Clean Leather Seats in My Car

If you have leather cleaner, make sure to spot test it on a hidden area within your Hyundai model's interior to ensure it works properly on your seats. When cleaning, use a microfiber cloth, as it will prevent scratching and scuffing of the leather. If you don't have leather cleaner, mix two parts vinegar with one part water to make your own. After cleaning, apply a leather conditioner to give your seats an extra polish.

How to Disinfect Surfaces in My Car

The most important areas of your Hyundai 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 works perfectly well for this application. Simply dampen the surface of what you'd like to clean, then scrub for 20-30 seconds. Focus on high-touch places within your Hyundai, like the steering wheel and dash. Other high-touch 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?

Thanks to the sun and other weather elements, germs are less likely to live on the exterior of your Hyundai. With that being said, it's still smart to wipe down areas you touch frequently, including door handles, door buttons and the gas cap.

Are There Disinfectants I Should Avoid Using in My Car?

If you want to avoid damaging your Hyundai model'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.

Here at Germain Hyundai of Columbus, we want to do our part to help educate our clients 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 Hyundai dealership in Columbus, OH.

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