At Stop&Go, we fully understand the numerous concerns our customers have about potential exposure to COVID-19 and other viruses. In order to reduce this risk of exposure to outside germs or bacteria, many people are wearing gloves, masks, and using hand sanitizers. 

However, sanitizing the surfaces that we are constantly in contact with is also important. Research has shown that viruses can live on surfaces for a few hours up to several days, which means that sanitizing your car interior is essential.

Springtime is best to clean your car and sanitize your interior surfaces. Let’s explore the best ways you can kill germs and bacteria from your car interior.

First Steps In Sanitizing Your Car: Disinfectants

One of the most important things before you start sanitizing your vehicle is to wash your hands. A good idea is to wear disposable gloves – common disinfectants work well for sanitizing your vehicle. 

Make sure to read the product’s label and understand that it is safe for the surface you want to use it on. In times like these, it is always good to have a spare box of disinfectant wipes and a small bottle of hand sanitizer that you can use whenever you enter your vehicle.

Watch Out For Delicate Materials

There are plenty of cars, SUVs and trucks with interiors that use a wide variety of materials, some of which are delicate and can be ruined by the presence of alcohol. Whether your interior is made of supple leather and metallic trims or vinyl and hard plastics, germs and bacteria can live for days on certain materials. Still, be sure that the disinfectant you use is safe for the surface you are applying it on.

Start With A Deep Vacuum Clean And Continue Sanitizing

The best way to start sanitizing your car interior is with a vacuum cleaner. There are a lot of areas that you should cover with it, vacuuming and generally cleaning any heavy debris from inside your vehicle. Obviously, you will want to remove germs, so it is very important to go through all of the fabrics and remove any dust from them.

Once you finish your vacuum cleaning, you should sanitize all the touch points. These include the following:


  • Steering wheel
  • Dashboard
  • Door handles
  • Cupholders
  • Seatbelts 
  • Key and remote fob
  • Ignition area or start button
  • Levers (turn signal, light controls, windshield wiper)
  • Door handles
  • Door panels (including buttons)
  • Rearview mirror
  • HVAC vents
  • Glove box
  • Armrests
  • Seat upholstery
  • Dome lights
  • Parking brake handle and release lever
  • Floor mats
  • Phone and GPS mounts
  • Windshield

As you can see, the idea is to disinfect everything that you frequently touch in your vehicle.

In most of the cases, soap and water are most effective when it comes to killing viruses like COVID-19, as well as alcohol solutions that contain at least 70% isopropyl alcohol (still, you should be careful using those on delicate interiors). Just soak a soft cloth in soapy water and wipe down all of the areas, and let everything dry over the course of 5 to 10 minutes.

Disinfect Your Windows And Mirrors

Next, you should disinfect your windows and mirrors with soap and water or alcohol. One thing worth noting is that most of the traditional window cleaners don’t kill viruses, which is why you need a stronger solution to properly sanitize these areas.

If you have leather surfaces, it is always good to apply a leather conditioner to help preserve your leather’s moisture, strength, durability, and general appearance. Once you do that, you are done and good to go.

Final Thoughts

Sanitizing your car’s interior is one of the best ways to ensure that your vehicle is ready for the new season, and most importantly, safe against viruses. Did you know that at Stop & Go, we include a full car wash in all of our car service packages?

If you want to check your car and make sure that it is in top condition for the new season, our complete service packages are what you need. For more information about the prices and what each package includes, visit this link where you can see them or call us at 800-STOP-GO.