Tips for Sanitizing Your Car

Recent world events have made it more important than ever to keep a clean environment. Frequent drivers may be especially concerned about their cars. To help, these are a few tips for sanitizing your car.

Use disposable gloves

If you think your car needs to be sanitized for the sake of your health, then you ought to wear gloves in the process. Use disposable gloves — not reusable ones — to protect your hands while you pick up trash and apply cleaning chemicals to the surfaces of your car. When you’re done, peel them off your hands — turning them inside out — and immediately wash your hands.

Clean high-touch surfaces

The areas of your car most in need of sanitizing tend to be the ones that you and your passengers touch the most. Focus on the steering wheel, shifter knob, door buttons, audio, and climate controls as well as the infotainment touch screen. Use disinfecting wipes to avoid damaging the electronics, and stay away from ammonia-based cleaning products when cleaning the touch screen, as these can damage its anti-glare coating.

Clean fabrics

Soft surfaces, particularly the carpet, headliner and fabric seats, are very good at absorbing germs. You’ll want to use the cleaning solution that’s appropriate for each of these surfaces, such as upholstery shampoo, leather cleaner or vehicle carpet cleaner. Bleach-free sprays and wipes should also do the trick. If you use a non-leather cleaner for your leather seats, make sure to use a conditioner afterward to prevent cracking. Don’t forget to clean the back of the seats as well. When your second-row passengers cough or sneeze, that’s where it all goes.

Kevin’s Royal Auto hopes these tips for sanitizing your car are helpful during these difficult times!

How to Care for Your Vehicle While It Sits Idle

It may sound obvious, but cars are meant to move. If they go too long without being driven, they can start to develop problems that range from mildly inconvenient to potentially dangerous. Thankfully, there are a few easy signs to keep an eye out for and some simple ways to care for your vehicle while it sits idle.

Potential issues

What issues your car develops while inactive depends in large part on how long it sits still. If you haven’t driven in a while, you may find that the battery is dead or the tires are deflating. The simplest way to prevent either of these issues is to take your car for a spin every week or two, if possible.

Over longer periods of time, more serious issues can crop up. For instance, if your car isn’t driven for long enough, some fluids can separate, and components that are meant to be lubricated can sustain lasting damage. Similarly, if your brake rotors don’t move for an extended period of time, they can start to accumulate rust and eventually permanently harm the brakes.

Simple solutions

The cure for nearly all of these problems is to keep your car in motion, preferably for at least 20 minutes every two weeks. Of course, if the issue is more serious, you can always bring your vehicle in for service.

If you want some more advice on how to care for your vehicle while it sits idle — or if you’re in need of repairs or maintenance — don’t hesitate to give us a call at Kevin’s Royal Auto in Cooperstown, New York.