Tips for disinfecting your car

With COVID-19 restrictions easing and more drivers on the road, cleaning your vehicle is crucial.

With many restrictions easing, Queenslanders have taken back to the roads. As such, cleaning and disinfecting your car is more important than ever. 

Here are some helpful tips to keep the inside of your vehicle clean. 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Wear PPE such as disposable gloves and a face mask to avoid contact with any surface that may be potentially contaminated with infectious materials. 


Empty any items from the interior and put them somewhere where they can’t transfer contaminates. Once all items have been removed, take a vacuum and suck up any dust or loose particles. 

Use suitable cleaning products 

Select your cleaning products carefully. Routine mechanical (rubbing) cleaning with a suitable detergent and water followed by rinsing with clean water and drying is the best method for removing germs from surfaces. 

  • A clean cloth should be used each time and this can either be one that is disposable or able to be washed in a washing machine.
  • Detergent should be purchased from a car parts supplier and tested on a small discreet area of each trim material before use. 
  • Don’t use any type of bleach or hydrogen peroxide on your car’s interior.


Wipe down your interior 

Take a suitable cleaning product (outlined above) and wipe the car’s interior surfaces. Remember to keep cleaning the cloth not to spread germs.

Also, don’t wet the cloth too much when cleaning the cars electronics or touch displays. 

Pay special attention to these high-touch areas:

  • Steering wheel.
  • Gear selector.
  • Door handles, inner and outer.
  • Touch displays.
  • Audio and climate control systems.
  • Arm rests.
  • Anywhere directly in the firing line of a sneeze or cough.

Clean your seats

For cleaning cloth and leather seats, there is a range of products available. Alternatively, watered-down fabric detergent can work well on older seats. 

  • Remember to let your seats dry before hopping back in.