Learning how to safely sanitize your car shouldn’t be an overwhelming process. Continue reading for three simple steps to help you keep your car clean and sanitized this season.

Car Sanitation Tips

Start with the vacuum

Before you disinfect your car, it’s important to thoroughly clean it out first. Remove the floor mats and give them a thorough shake before laying them out in the sun as you clean. Remove any items you no longer need so you can minimize the number of surfaces you’ll need to disinfect.

Then, take your vacuum, preferably one with a hose attachment, and pay special attention to any areas where crumbs, dust, or dirt may build up over time. Don’t forget to vacuum underneath and between the seats. This step will make your car much cleaner and will likely remove any stale odors you may have become accustomed to over time.

Find a car-Safe disinfectant

Cleaning out your car is one thing, but how do you safely disinfect it? While your regular go-to disinfectants may include bleach products such as Lysol wipes, using such harsh chemicals in your car will cause irreparable damage — especially to organic surfaces such as leather.

Rather than risking damage to your car, use what the pros have used for decades. Car manufacturers and assembly plants disinfect their cars with a solution of at least 70% isopropyl alcohol. This is both gentle on soft surfaces and harsh against germs and viruses.

Swap out the air filters

Your air filters go a long way in providing you with clean, fresh air. As time goes by, particles such as pollen, dust, and pollutants clog the filters, making them less effective.

If you don’t remember the last time you cleaned or replaced your air filters, then chances are it’s time to do so. You can consult your owner’s manual to locate your filters, or swing by our Toyota Service Center where we can take care of this for you.

Service You Can Trust in Latham, NY

At Northway Toyota, we take your safety seriously. That’s why every car we service gets fully sanitized upon return. Our team only uses the best cleaning products to ensure your car goes home as clean or cleaner than the day you bought it. Check out our current service specials to see what deals you can take advantage of, and schedule your appointment online today.