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Cleaning Your Car
Tips on How to Clean Your Car

At Bentley Boston, we fully understand the concerns our clients have about exposure to COVID-19, or coronavirus. Many people in the Boston area are wearing gloves, frequently using hand sanitizer and sanitizing items they purchase during their errands to reduce the risk of exposure to germs. What's easy to overlook, though, is that once those items are loaded into their vehicles, 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 Bentley is made up of many different high-quality materials, which is why you'll find that several tools are needed to disinfect them all 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."

Cleaning the interior of the car with a microfiber cloth

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

Wash your hands before sanitizing your Bentley. And if you have disposable gloves, it's smart to wear them during the cleaning process. 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. To always be ready to sanitize your Bentley quickly, it's smart to keep an extra package of disinfectant wipes and a bottle of hand sanitizer in your vehicle at all times.

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How to Clean Leather Seats in My Car

To ensure the leather cleaner you have works properly, spot test it on a hidden area in your Bentley model's interior. And when cleaning, make sure to use a microfiber cloth to prevent scratching or scuffing of the leather. Don't have leather cleaner? Mix two parts vinegar with one part water to make your own. After cleaning, apply leather conditioner to give your leather seats an extra polish.

How to Disinfect Surfaces in My Car

The most important areas of your Bentley 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 works well for this application. Simply dampen the surface of what you'd like to clean, then scrub for 20-30 seconds. Pay extra attention to surfaces you frequently touch, including the dash and steering wheel. 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 and other weather elements, germs are less likely to thrive on the exterior of your Bentley. That doesn't mean you should skip over it when sanitizing your vehicle, though. It's still smart to disinfect areas you touch most frequently, including but not limited to 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 Bentley'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 Bentley Boston, 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 Greater Boston Bentley dealership.

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