At Land Rover Cincinnati, we fully understand the concerns our clients have about exposure to COVID-19, or coronavirus. Many people in Cincinnati and across Ohio are wearing gloves, frequently using hand sanitizer and sanitizing items they purchase during their errands in order to reduce the risk of exposure to germs. What’s easy to overlook, though, is that once those items are loaded into your Land Rover or Range Rover, they are then touching the interior. 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.
HOW LONG DOES CORONAVIRUS SURVIVE ON SURFACES?
Your Land Rover or Range Rover model is comprised of many different surfaces and materials, like plastic on the dash to leather on the seats. Because of this, you’ll find that several tools are needed to disinfect all these surfaces properly. 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.”
WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO SANITIZE MY CAR’S INTERIOR?
Always wash your hands before sanitizing your Land Rover. And if you have them, wear disposable gloves. 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 a bottle of hand sanitizer in your Range Rover at all times, so you can wipe down surfaces as needed.
HOW TO CLEAN LEATHER SEATS IN MY CAR
The leather seats in your Range Rover or Land Rover should only be cleaned with leather cleaner. To ensure the cleaner you have works properly, simply spot test it on a hidden area within your vehicle’s interior. And when you’re cleaning, always use a microfiber cloth to prevent scratching the leather. If you don’t have leather cleaner, mix one part water with two parts vinegar to make your own. After cleaning, apply a leather conditioner to make your seats truly shine.
HOW TO DISINFECT SURFACES IN MY CAR
The most important areas of your Land Rover or Range Rover 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 will work well on the interior of your luxury vehicle. Simply dampen the surface of whatever you’d like to clean, then scrub for 20-30 seconds. Make sure to wipe down your dash and steering wheel, as these are high-touch areas. Other high-touch surfaces can include:
- Door Handles
- Door Buttons
- Key Fob
- Steering Wheel
- Inside Door Buttons
- Seat Belts
- Gear Shifters
- 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 Land Rover or Range Rover. That being said, it’s still smart to disinfect the areas you touch most frequently, including the door handles, handle buttons and gas cap.
ARE THERE DISINFECTANTS I SHOULD AVOID USING IN MY CAR?
If you want to avoid damaging your Land Rover or Range Rover 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 Land Rover Cincinnati, 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!