Why Your Vehicle Needs Disinfecting
With so much talk about disinfecting, washing your hands, and keeping your home and office free from SARS-CoV-2, there might be one thing you forgot: your car. We do not realize how frequently we are in and out of our cars, making it easy to transfer viruses and bacteria from one place to another. Although you cannot prevent every virus and bacteria from entering your car, frequent disinfection will keep you and your loved ones healthier. It is especially important that you clean and disinfect your vehicle if you or someone who rides in your car has had COVID-19. The virus that causes COVID-19 can live on surfaces and could affect the health of those riding in the vehicle.
Techniques for Disinfecting Your Vehicle
- Wash hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand rubs with 60% or greater alcohol content.
- Don CDC/OSHA compliant PPE
- Clean visibly dirty surfaces and high touch areas with BioBlast Heavy Duty Cleaner. (Apply BioBlast Heavy Duty Cleaner to microfiber towel and wipe, scrub, or dab surface dry. )
- high touch areas include: Tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.
- Apply, wipe, spray, or dip BioBlast Disinfectant to hard, non-porous surfaces with a cloth, wipe, mop, or sponge.
- Spray BioBlast Disinfectant via BioBlasting Disinfectant sprayer machine using a top-to-bottom approach covering all surfaces and air space.
- Allow BioBlast Disinfectant to air-dry. Surfaces can be wiped dry after appropriate contact time. Metal and glass surfaces are to be wiped dry.
- Remove PPE and dispose of properly
- Wash hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand rubs with 60% or greater alcohol content frequently.
The CDC recommends a 2-step cleaning and disinfecting process. The first step in properly cleaning your vehicle is to remove dirt, residue, and biofilm from hard surfaces. Many people have found that the use of alcohol wipes results in the breakdown of dashboard material and leaves residue. The best method to clean these sensitive areas is to use BioBlast Heavy-Duty Cleaner, which will easily eliminate biofilm, stains, debris, and grime. Spray BioBlast Heavy-Duty Cleaner onto hard surfaces and wipe down with either a microfiber towel or a paper towel. For interior stains, spray BioBlast Heavy-Duty Cleaner onto the stain and use a “dabbing” motion to pull up any residue and eliminate the stain. Make sure to clean your steering wheel, radio buttons, seat belts, consoles, and all other high-touch areas.
The second, and most important step, is to disinfect your vehicle after cleaning high-touch areas. Rather than using a sanitizing wipe that just creates more waste and increases your carbon footprint, or trying to mix your own solution of bleach and water, use BioBlast Disinfectant. This ready-to-use, tried-and-true disinfectant is perfect for vehicles with its effectiveness in disinfecting and its ability to deodorize. It has 30 EPA-registered kill claims, from SARS-CoV-2 and Norovirus to Influenza and MRSA. Simply spray on the cleaned hard surfaces and allow most surfaces to air-dry. Wipe metal and glass surfaces dry. Soft surfaces do not need to be saturated.
Although keeping your vehicle disinfected may not have been your first priority with COVID-19, it is a source of cross-contamination that you need to take seriously. By using products that are People, Pet, and Planet Friendly, you are keeping your small, enclosed vehicle safe without using harsh, toxic chemicals. The BioBlast line of products allows you to gently clean and disinfect car interiors with antimicrobial and deodorizing products that are designed to save you time and keep your family safe. With these steps, you can go back to enjoying your daily commute without the worry of spreading infectious pathogens.