Men Washing His Car

How To Clean and Sanitize Your Car
Tips on How to Clean Your Car

At Herb Chambers Maserati of Warwick, we fully understand the concerns our clients have about exposure to COVID-19, or coronavirus. People in Warwick and beyond are doing their part to reduce the risk of exposure to germs by wearing masks and gloves, frequently using hand sanitizer and sanitizing items they purchase during their errands. But once those items are loaded into your Maserati, they are then touching 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. 

Car cleaner wiping car door with rag

How Long Does Coronavirus Survive on Surfaces?

Your Maserati is made up of many different materials, including leather, plastic, metal and even carbon fiber in some cases. To properly clean all these surfaces, you'll need several tools. 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."

Cleaning the interior of the car with a microfiber cloth

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

Always wash your hands before cleaning your Maserati. Also, it's a good idea to wear disposable gloves when cleaning. 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. Keep disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer in your vehicle at all times, so you can wipe down surfaces as needed.

Worker washing of interior leather seats

How to Clean Leather Seats in My Car

Before using any type of leather cleaner on your Maserati sedan or SUV, spot test it on a hidden area in your vehicle's interior to ensure it works properly. And when you're cleaning, always use a microfiber cloth to avoid scratching the leather. Don't have leather cleaner? Simply mix two parts vinegar with one part water to make your own solution. Afterward, use a leather conditioner to make your seats really shine.

How to Disinfect Surfaces in My Car

The most important areas of your Maserati 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 can be used to clean the interior of your Maserati. Simply dampen the surface of whatever you'd like to clean, then scrub for 20-30 seconds. Pay extra attention to frequently touched areas, including 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, wind, rain and other weather elements, germs are less likely to thrive on the exterior of your Maserati. While that may be true, it's still smart to disinfect areas you touch most frequently, including door handles, handle buttons and the gas cap.

Are There Disinfectants I Should Avoid Using in My Car?

If you want to avoid damaging your Maserati 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 Herb Chambers Maserati of Warwick, 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 Maserati dealership in Warwick, RI.