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How to Disinfect Leather to Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus

April 28, 2021

As people continue to mask up and get vaccinated to do their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Creative Colors International Inc. has a solution to disinfect your leather car interiors to keep them virus-free and preserve the integrity of the material.

Following the outbreak of the pandemic, people everywhere armed themselves with disinfecting wipes, bottles of bleach, and hand sanitizer to keep themselves and others safe. The virus that causes COVID-19 can spread through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. In an effort to stay healthy, people wiped down groceries, quarantined delivery packages for 72 hours, and mainlined elderberry gummies. It wasn’t long before the Centers for Disease Control learned more about the novel coronavirus and issued updated safety guidance. The CDC revealed the best strategy to prevent infection of the virus were frequent handwashing, social distancing, and wearing a mask. Yet, disinfecting remains an important tool in our arsenal, especially when it comes to vehicle interiors.

Cleaning and disinfecting are necessary for businesses to help fuel customer confidence and protect employees. SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is packed inside an outer layer of proteins and lipids. The outer layer degrades quickly when it is faced with surfactants contained in cleaning agents, the CDC reported. While it’s unnecessary to clean every product that enters a home, a thorough cleaning with a disinfectant is a good idea on a daily basis, especially if a person diagnosed with COVID is in the space. The CDC recommends focusing cleaning efforts on frequently touched surfaces, including tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

Spraying down restaurant tables or grocery store conveyor belts is easy because those surfaces are built for frequent cleaning. However, disinfecting leather can be trickier. Leather is the luxury fabric of choice for car interiors, which forced car dealerships to find new cleaning solutions. While people frequently clean their homes, car interiors are often neglected. The average American spends 18 days driving per year, with an average of eight hours and 22 minutes per week, a OnePoll study of 2,000 car owners revealed.

And with frequent use come germs. The steering wheel of a car is nine times dirtier than a public restroom on average, and a vehicle’s interior has 40 percent more germs than a toilet seat. A car interior can have 17,000 more bacteria than a home. While less than 10 percent of people think their car interior is a breeding ground for germs, cars are 2,144 percent dirtier than cell phones and 55 percent dirtier than our home or office computer keyboards.

CCI’s New Cleaner Will Disinfect Leather Surfaces

Leather is a high-end option for car interiors because. it’s durable, stain-resistant, and comfortable. Typically, leather is easy to clean because it just needs a quick wipedown with a damp cloth. But when it comes to protecting against COVID-19, disinfecting requires creative solutions. Most leather car seats have a protective coating on them, but using alcohol to clean the leather can cause the coating to degrade over time. You should avoid cleaning leather seats with harsh or abrasive cleaners like bleach, hydrogen peroxide, benzene, or thinners. Unfortunately, Clorox wipes and hydrogen peroxide are the go-to cleaners for killing the virus.

Shortly after the outbreak of the pandemic, CCI developed a cleaning solution to get the job done. CCI launched a new sanitizer and disinfectant designed to disinfect against the virus that causes COVID. The cleaner has powerful, long-lasting effects that kill viruses, bacteria, mold, and mildew. It safely sanitizes against COVID-19. The antimicrobial cleaner is fragrance-free and eliminates odors. It is also biodegradable and hypoallergenic. The cleaner is designed to be applied with a spray gun for a quick clean. One perk of CCI’s new cleaner is that it is safe to apply on leather surfaces and air dry without fading or drying the surface.

CCI’s service technicians are trained to disinfect leather surfaces. As the leader in mobile leather and vinyl repair, CCI can come to your business to provide regular disinfecting services. As part of the cleaning service, technicians use an antimicrobial cloth to wipe down all the frequently touched areas in the car. Technicians always wear respiratory masks as a safety precaution and focus their cleaning efforts on high-touch areas, such as steering wheels, door handles, seat belts, and electronic controls. Following the spot cleaning, a technician fogs the interior of the car with CCI’s new Sanitizer & Disinfectant. CCI’s disinfectant is available to purchase in bulk for touch-ups in between professional cleanings.

At the height of the pandemic, CCI technicians donated their services to various police and fire departments across the country to help ensure the safety of our essential workers.

Condition Leather Car Interior to Retain Value

After making repairs and disinfecting leather surfaces, CCI’s technicians can help maintain the luster of the vehicles in your fleet by conditioning the leather interior. It’s important to keep the leather conditioned to prevent it from drying and cracking. When summer temperatures soar, the interior of the cars parked on your lot can skyrocket. On a 95-degree day, a car’s dashboard can hit 157 degrees within an hour, according to a report by Live Science, an online resource.

Leather needs regular moisturizing to keep sun damage at bay. CCI recommends conditioning the leather in your cars every 90 days to help them retain value and prevent wear and tear. CCI’s high-quality leather conditioner does not contain any petroleum or waxes that can dull the finish on your leather. CCI offers its leather-care kit for purchase for customers to maintain their car’s interior at home.

Let the professionals properly disinfect your fleet to prevent the spread of COVID-19. CCI’s mobile technicians have the tools to keep your customers and employees safe without damaging the leather interiors of the vehicles in your lot. Contact CCI to request a free quote and learn more about our repair services.