It’s cold and flu season, so what does that mean for your car’s interior? In your car, germs can quickly spread all around through sneezing, dirty tissues and improper disinfecting. Don’t take our word for it though, as according to an article published in USA Today, “the car can be a very big place to pass bacteria back and forth if you are not careful.”
Infection preventionist and president of the DC Metro Chapter of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Jill Holdsworth, states, “The No. 1 hot spots would be anywhere that you touch with your hands” and as USA Today points out, “These areas include the steering wheel, radio, gear shift, cup holders and car seats…Car interiors are often overlooked for disinfecting and deep cleaning.”
A test conducted by ABC News with the help germ expert Dr. Chuck Gerba “Found that cars are the moldiest of all forms of transportation…the germiest areas in your car are your dashboard, your change holder and where you keep your coffee, actually. The reason is … because the air flows … over your dashboard and so, the bacteria tend to build up on that surface.” ABC News also added that “On the car seat, Gerba found hundreds of thousands of bacteria from the sample he took, plus mold all over a child safety seat.”
During the cold and flu season, we recommend an interior shampoo to help properly clean and disinfect your car. Why? For starters, it’s more than just a shampoo of the seats, mats, carpets and door panels. We clean the windows and mirrors inside and out, vacuum the interior and trunk, then clean and dress the leather, vinyl, and rubber. We’ll wipe the dashboard and console, fine clean all components and can even remove deeply embedded food and other stains. We make sure to get all the “germiest areas” to insure your car remains a safe zone.
Have other questions on maintaining your vehicle’s interior? We’re here to help! Call or email Capitol Shine using the following link: capitolshine.com/call-or-write; and be sure to schedule your appointment online while you’re there.