Top tips for car hygiene 

Your car hygiene can have a big impact on your health. You spend a lot of time in your vehicle and bring lots of items – and germs – in and out of it each day. 

With everyone hyper focused on hygiene in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus, we thought we’d share some tips for keeping your vehicle clean and hygienic. 

Maintaining good car hygiene 

There are lots of things that you can do each day that help keep your car clean and hygienic. 

Get the hoover out 

Once a week, or more infrequently if you aren’t using your car very often during the pandemic, get the hoover out. Use small attachments to get in the cracks and crevices and rid your car of any bits that have accumulated as you travel. 

Eating in the car 

Lots of us are in the very bad habit of eating in the car. If that includes you, make sure you throw away any rubbish from your snacks the same day and don’t let them fester in your car overnight. Throwing out your rubbish regularly is a great way to keep on top of car clutter.  Why not invest in a special bin for your vehicle to make it simple to keep your car clean? 

Just make sure your snacks don't cause to you break some of these strange driving laws...

woman practicing good car hygiene and dusting the interior

Disinfect with a microfiber towel 

You can dust and disinfect your car’s surfaces, cup holders and trays really easily with a microfiber towel. Whenever you notice some dirt or smudges on your dashboard, it’s time for a wipe down. Don’t forget to give surfaces you touch a lot a really through clean. Places to clean include: 

  • Steering wheel
  • Indicator and wiper levers
  • Gear stick
  • Multimedia screen
  • Satnav
  • Interior and exterior door handles
  • Seat belt
  • Rear view mirror 
  • Radio/music controls
  • Car key

Don’t forget your air con 

Air conditioning vents are notorious for getting clogged with dust. You can use a fine long brush to keep them clear between services and reconditioning. 

Take a look at our tips for washing the car too so you get a great sparkle.

man practicing good car hygiene and hoovering his seats

Get right into seat crevices 

Your seats can get really grubby and tend to hang on to a lot of bacteria without us noticing. It’s important to thoroughly clean them regularly, and the method you use will depend on the upholstery. 

For leather seats, you can get specialist leather cleaning agents that you can use to wipe the surface clean with. If you have fabric seats, you’ll need to steam them every 6 months or so to keep them in top condition. In-between steams you can use a fabric spray, light cloth, brush and hoover to clean seats. 

Wear gloves when you fill up 

Petrol stations are dirty places, despite all efforts to keep them clean. Before you fill up your car, put on a pair of gloves – you can usually find some disposable ones on the forecourt. 

Let in plenty of fresh air 

Even with a clean and freshly charged air conditioning system, using it too often will mean you’re breathing in lots of recycled air. From time to time, open the window instead to allow fresh air to circulate through the car, it’s much better for your health!

Get in touch

At Meashams, we’re experts in car hygiene. If you follow these tips for good car hygiene, the risk of ill-health to you and your passengers from bacteria in vehicles will lower.  Or, you can save yourself the hassle and simply hire from us when you need a vehicle! Whenever you get into one of our hire cars, you’ll be impressed by the high quality and cleanliness. 

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