Experts are predicting this year’s flu season to be the worst the country has seen in more than a decade. An early wave of flu activity is resulting in many hospitalizations, particularly in the southeast and south-central parts of the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control. During the month of October, at least 880,000 people were diagnosed with the flu, and 6,900 were hospitalized to treat symptoms. The CDC recommends frequent hand washing and disinfecting to help stem the spread.
Yet, people often neglect to clean and sanitize one place where they spend a lot of time — the car. The average American spends 10 hours and 50 minutes in their car each week and drives 13,476 miles per year. Sanitizing and disinfecting your vehicle regularly can help stem the spread of flu germs. Even when it’s not flu season, cars are still hotbeds for germs. Did you know your car’s steering wheel can have four times more germs than a public toilet seat? In addition to the steering wheel, door handles, dashboard buttons, gear shifter, seat belt latches, and cup holders are some of the germiest areas in a car.
How to Clean Leather Car Seats
If you have pets, children, or a long commute, your car is going to get dirty. It’s easy to take a quick run through the carwash to make the exterior sparkle, but the interior takes a bit more elbow grease.
Leather car seats give a car a luxurious feel. They’re easier to clean and stain-resistant, compared with upholstered seats. They are also less likely to absorb odors, which is a plus if you make regular pitstops in the drive-thru lane.
Even though leather seats are easy to clean, it’s important to use the right products to make them shine. You may be tempted to pull out the Clorox or Lysol wipes to combat germs in your car. If you have leather car seats, the answer to whether you can use Clorox wipes on leather is a resounding NO. It can damage your leather’s finish. The chemicals used in many disinfectant wipes remove the natural layer of protection on your seats and will dry out the leather, which leads to cracking. It can also discolor the leather and cause permanent damage.
When you are wondering if you can use Clorox wipes on leather, we recommend using a gentle leather cleaner instead. CCI’s Leather Cleaner is an ideal solution for monthly cleaning. Vacuum the seats and clear the car of debris before applying the cleaner. We also offer a Leather Care Kit, which includes a leather cleaner, leather conditioner, a cloth, and a sponge for convenience.
Take your cleaning a step further by making an appointment for a CCI service technician to come to your home or business to disinfect your vehicle’s interior to banish germs. The company launched a Sanitizer & Disinfectant following the pandemic outbreak to help keep its customers and employees safe. Our car sanitization and disinfection services start by cleaning the car’s interior surfaces with a water-based antimicrobial cleaner. After the interior is clean, we sanitize and deodorize all surfaces with our one-step, hospital-grade cleaner. The cleaner is an environmentally friendly, EPA-registered, germicidal disinfectant. It neutralizes odors and is hypoallergenic.
Tips to Keep Car Clean
After thoroughly sanitizing your car, CCI has some tips to help keep it in top condition.
Add a garbage can. Rather than let wrappers and other garbage clutter the interior, add a garbage can and remember to empty it on a consistent basis.
Install organizers. Keep clutter at bay by installing some organizers. You can purchase over-the-seat organizers to make boredom busters easy to access for your children. Trunk organizers can keep detritus from overflowing.
Keep a stash of rags. Spills are bound to happen. Keep a stash of rags in your car to quickly clean up spills to prevent stains. Having a soft microfiber cloth on hand can also be helpful to give the dashboard a quick refresh while you’re waiting in the carpool line.
CCI Banishes Germs
Stay healthy during flu season by regularly cleaning and disinfecting your vehicle’s interior. Request a quote from a CCI location in your area.