Nissan is offering tips on how to disinfect your vehicle as we aim to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Frequent hand washing is a crucial part of staying healthy, but so is disinfecting surfaces, including those in your car. Nissan Director Ryan Fulkerson said :
“Most people are still using their vehicles, whether they are essential employees commuting to work or someone running to the grocery store while in quarantine. We want to make sure they’re informed on how to best keep their vehicle disinfected”.
Wearing disposable gloves for cleaning & then disinfecting the recommended surfaces. If a surface appears dirty, it should be wiped down with soap & water prior to disinfection. For vehicle interiors, a soft or microfiber cloth dampened with soap & water can be used to wipe down hard surfaces.
While most common household disinfectants are effective, some are not ideal for use on a vehicle including bleach, hydrogen peroxide, benzene, thinners or other harsh and abrasive cleaners. These chemical products can damage your vehicle’s upholstery & or interior surfaces. Alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol are effective against the coronavirus & can be safely used in your vehicle.
The Nissan infotainment screen is tricky because it’s a high-touch area that should not come in contact with aggressive cleaners. Use screen wipes or a soft cloth dampened with soap & water to clean the screen surface. Wipe dry with a clean, soft cloth. Ammonia-based cleaners should not be used on infotainment screens as they can damage the anti-glare & anti-fingerprint coatings. If the vehicle is equipped, using voice commands can help avoid touching the center screen altogether.
Nissan is providing a checklist to help you remember vehicles surfaces to regularly disinfect:
- Steering wheel.
- Key and remote fob.
- Exterior door handles, both sides.
- Trunk lid or lift gate grab areas.
- Interior door pulls, both sides and interior door panels.
- Start button, if equipped.
- Rear view mirror, back and edges.
- HVAC vents.
- Gear selector.
- Turn signal lever.
- Windshield wiper controls.
- Center stack knobs.
- Center console and arm rest.
- Seat belt and buckle. Avoid harsh cleaners on the belt itself, they can degrade the fibres and the belt’s strength.
- Parking brake handle, parking brake or release lever.