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When you’ve been out running essential errands in Atlanta or exploring Alpharetta’s most scenic areas from the comfort of your car, it’s a good idea to sanitize your vehicle of any unwanted germs and bacteria – coronavirus or otherwise – that may have made their way in during your journey when you return home. Drivers of Mercedes-Benz vehicles and other premium models will want to know, how can you sanitize a car of coronaviruses and other germs and viruses without damaging the luxury materials? Let’s find out!
As a part of coronavirus preventative measures, many drivers tend to keep a large pump bottle of hand sanitizer in their vehicle for personal health protection. This is certainly an important practice to follow, but it poses a risk that many aren’t aware of. When exposed to extreme Georgia heat, that bottle of hand sanitizer can actually begin to boil, expand, and explode! The last thing you want is to have hand sanitizer all over your cabin, so you’re better off keeping a travel-size sanitizer with you instead.
After making your way around town to grab groceries, fuel up, stop at the post office, or whatever else your day may hold, disinfecting your vehicle is an essential component of helping to prevent the spread of germs and viruses to both yourself and your passengers. Is it safe to use disinfectant wipes in your luxury vehicle? Yes, but only on non-leather, hard-touch surfaces like cupholders, air vents, window controls, door locks, door handles, etc. Many of these hard-touch surfaces also happen to be high-touch areas, so don’t be shy about hitting them with disinfectant.
Your vehicle’s touchscreen display is a high-touch area that is used during every drive, so you’ll want to clean it frequently. Avoid any alcohol- or ammonia-based cleaning products or wipes, as they can stain and discolor the touchscreen surface. A safe alternative would be to dampen a soft, clean cloth with lukewarm water and gently wipe the screen. You should not apply any pressure as you wipe the screen, and your cloth should be damp, not soaking. Alternatively, you can use a computer screen cleaning product from an office supply or electronics store.
Cleaning products that contain bleach or hydrogen peroxide are great for disinfecting surfaces in your home, but they are not recommended for use in your vehicle. Such products can dry out your luxury vehicle’s plush upholstery, and there’s an added risk of discoloration or cracking. Additionally, anything containing ammonia should be avoided, which is commonly found in glass cleaners.
If you have any further questions about how to sanitize a car of coronaviruses and other germs, or are unsure whether a product you have is safe to use inside your vehicle, don’t hesitate to contact our service team! Our friendly associates are standing by and always happy to help our Alpharetta community.
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