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How to Sanitize Your Car from Coronavirus

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At Mazda of Jackson, we want you to feel comfortable and safe behind the wheel of your MAZDA vehicle every time you get on the road. To help you keep yourself and your family safe, we’ve developed this guide on how to sanitize your Mazda from dangerous germs and viruses like the Coronavirus/COVID-19. While these steps are especially important now, you can use them at any point to keep your vehicle safe and clear of germs. Read below to learn how to sanitize a car with Mazda of Jackson, or contact our team today to learn more about professional car-cleaning services. 

Stay Safe on the Road

The first step to keeping yourself and your family safe from infectious diseases when traveling is to practice smart habits at home. Before you leave your house to get groceries in Brandon or go to an appointment, follow the steps below:

  • Use safe practices like wearing an appropriate face mask to cover your mouth and nose. Disposable hospital face masks you can buy at Ridgeland stores are excellent options. Cloth coverings like bandanas and scarves are not recommended. 
  • Wear non-porous gloves to keep your hands clean. Plastic or elastic gloves you would normally see at the doctor’s office are a good option. 
  • Wash your hands thoroughly when you get back home for at least 20 seconds.
  • Carry a bottle of hand sanitizer for extra protection when you do come into contact with an unsanitized surface.

Pro-tip: Do not leave a large pump bottle of sanitizer in your car, as it can explode in warm/hot weather. It’s best to keep a small, travel-sized bottle of hand sanitizer on your person or in your bag when shopping or going out.

The Right Car Sanitizing Materials

Keeping your car sanitized starts with the right sanitizing products. Since germs can linger on porous surfaces, it’s important to clean your car regularly to ensure you’re always driving safely in Brandon. 

The best material you can use to sanitize your car from coronavirus and other viruses are disinfectant wipes. These wipes are easy to find, use, and won’t leave residue on your vehicle surfaces. Most disinfectant wipes you find at Jackson stores will work fine, just make sure that you have at least a 70% alcohol solution. Using pure alcohol (96%+) is not recommended, since it evaporates too quickly to be effective. 

If you are unable to use sanitizing wipes, or you’re worried that wipes will damage your leather interior, you can use hot soapy water to clean your car as well. Follow the instructions below to see how to clean your Mazda interior with hot soapy water: 

  1. Put on a pair of disposable gloves.
  2. Dampen the seats and lather with soap for at least 20 seconds. Any household soap will work fine!
  3. Wipe clean with a dry cloth.
  4. Apply leather conditioner to prevent drying if you have a leather interior.
  5. Properly dispose of gloves, wash your drying towel and wash your hands!

These instructions can be used to clean any surface in your MAZDA vehicle. If you have questions about a specific surface or type of material in your vehicle, feel free to reach out to our service team

Cleaning Leather Car Seat

Deep Clean Your MAZDA

Once you have all the necessary materials you need to clean your vehicle, you’ll want to target areas that are a prime spot for bacteria. These high-touch surfaces will have the most germs. Use the list below to check off each area as you clean it to ensure your vehicle is clean for your next Madison trip. 

  • Steering wheel 
  • Control buttons for navigation, air conditioning, etc. 
  • Paddle shift levers
  • Gear shifter 
  • Turn indicator stalks
  • Console armrests
  • Display screens
  • Cupholders
  • Cubbyholes
  • Air conditioner vents
  • Door handles (inside and outside)

The best time to clean your vehicle is after you’ve come home from running your errands or going to appointments. This way each time you enter your Mazda you know you’re protected from germs and viruses. 

Find More DIY Car Cleaning Tips from Mazda of Jackson

There are many ways you can protect yourself and your family from coronavirus by practicing personal hygiene and learning how to sanitize your Mazda. You can read our other DIY car cleaning tips like how to eliminate smoke smell from your car with our service team, or schedule a service appointment to have your car inspected by our certified technicians. 

Please remember to be safe and abide by social distancing measures to stop the spread of infectious diseases. You can learn more about how to protect yourself and your family from coronavirus/COVID-19 from the CDC website.

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