If you have cleaned your car since the pandemic started, you may be ahead of the curve. According to an Expedia group study, one third of Americans only clean their car once a year and 12 percent don’t clean it at all.
It doesn’t take a pandemic to threaten hygiene in your car, though. In fact, the National Center for Biotechnology Information released a study which found that steering wheels can be four times dirtier than a public toilet seat, and any high-contact areas in vehicles can be a breeding ground for potential infection.
In the wake of COVID-19, sanitization has become essential for everyone. Guy Collision is the owner of Steri-Clean Arizona, a business built for taking care of situations from crime scene cleanups to biohazard spills. He has seen the uptick in cleanliness firsthand.
“Before COVID, disinfection was one of the smaller requests we got,” Collision “Now it’s the No. 1 request.”
One of Steri-Clean’s clients is Veyo’s unique COVID-19 fleet. The non-emergency medical transportation service recently launched an option specifically for COVID-19 patients. The program also prevents these patients from using other modes of transportation that could potentially expose others.
Based on his experience, Collision says he thinks there are risks involved with vehicles and the spread of viruses in general. “Cars are pretty dirty. They’re a breeding ground for bacteria,” he says.
The good news is, all it takes is a little time and love to maintain your car’s hygiene and ease your mind. Collision says that one mistake people make when cleaning their car is not doing so frequently enough.
“I don’t know if once a week is too much to ask, but there is a large percentage of Americans that only clean their car once a year,” he says. Collision recommends cleaning your car at least once every several weeks to ward off unwanted bacteria.
“Another big mistake we are seeing is people not cleaning with the correct dwell time,” Collision says. When cleaning a car with Lysol or similar EPA certified products, it’s important to let them sit on the surface for at least 10 minutes to ensure they work properly.
“With COVID, a lot more environments have needed to be disinfected,” Collision says. His main piece of advice is for people to keep up with regular basic cleaning for vehicles.
For more information regarding proper sanitation procedures, visit coronavirusdisinfection.com.