How Clean is Your Car?
In the current climate, with the Covid-19 pandemic showing no signs of slowing down, it’s important that we are as clean as possible in every aspect of our lives, including our cars. Tyres Northampton will talk you through how to keep your car as clean as can be.
- There are roughly 700 different types of bacteria living in our vehicles
- They can be split into two categories; staphylococcus and propionibacterium
- The former type is responsible for skin infections, food poisoning and MRSA, while the other breeds inflammations and infections
- Overall, our cars contain over 200 units of bacteria per square inch
Try as we might, we can’t keep our hands 100% clean at all times, and the steering wheel is the most heavily-touched area of our vehicles. In fact, a recent study by insurer Ageas found that there’s a staggering 3,826 units of bacteria per square inch of a steering wheel – 19 times more than a toilet seat. So, it’s crucial that we keep our steering wheels clean.
- Anti-bacterial wipes
By wiping our steering wheels down regularly, we can eliminate any bacteria that may be on the wheel from the last time we touched it. Every time we get in the car and every time we get out of it, give the steering wheel a wipe down; it takes 30 seconds.
- Soap and water
This takes slightly more effort but it’s ideal for most types of steering wheel. A bit of warm water, a bit of soap and a towel will keep your wheel clean. A note for those with synthetic steering wheels; avoid using polish products as they can make your wheel slippery.
- Leather cleaner
If your vehicle has a leather steering wheel, use a leather cleaner to keep it in top condition. Spray the wheel with leather cleaner, leave it to work for a few minutes and then wipe it clean with a damp cloth.
As part of the cleaning process, make sure to thoroughly clean the footwells. This means removing the mats and cleaning them separately with cleaning products and a cloth, as well as vacuuming the dust and dirt from the footwells themselves.
These are pressed multiple times every single day, and as the act of putting a seatbelt on is so natural to us, it’s unlikely that you pay much thought to the button itself – but it is, in fact, one of the dirtiest areas of a vehicle. If you’re cleaning your car interior, make sure to clean them, too – anti-bacterial wipes are good for this job.
Cleaning Up After Children
If you have young children in the car, it’s likely that they’ll make a bit of a mess from time to time. From runny noses to food being dropped on the seats, they’re not known for being clean, so it’s important to clean up after them at the end of every car journey. Where possible, consider using removable seat protectors to keep the actual fabric of your car safe from the messy tendencies of young children. On long journeys, having a dedicated bag for rubbish can help keep your car clean, too.
Regular vacuuming of your car will not only make it look nicer, but it will make it more hygienic for you and your passengers. If you have some free time at the weekend or after work, take 30 minutes to thoroughly vacuum your vehicle.
Keeping your car clean is an important part of maintaining your health. While your car may not seem dirty, it harbours lots of bacteria that can cause infections and illness. With infection transmission being such a point of concern in the spread of COVID-19, it’s important that we are as clean as possible in every aspect of our lives.← New MOT Rules for 2020