Coronavirus: Hygiene tips for your company car
Never before has a clean company car been as important as it is today. This is not so much about the shiny exterior but more about the hygienic cleanliness of the interior. Since the outbreak of the coronavirus in Germany, the issue of hygiene and virus protection is increasingly relevant in both personal and business environments. This does not stop at fleets and company car use. We will show you how to clean your company car quickly and hygienically with a few simple tips.
For many people, the company car is a second office on wheels – in which sandwiches and beverages are consumed before continuing on to the next appointment. Though wrappers and cups are disposed of, there is the residual crumbs and dirt of the meal dispersed throughout the car. On top of this, many drivers are less than immaculate when it comes to a company vehicle. It becomes even more aggravating when it is a pool car used by other employees.
A few weeks earlier, cleaning the company car might have been an unpleasant chore, but now it is an urgent necessity to protect oneself and others, even if the car is not shared with coworkers. The aim is to make sure after the weekly shopping that one’s company car remains germ-free.
How to sanitize your company car
First and foremost – there is no such thing as a one-hundred-percent protection against viruses and germs. Nevertheless, the risk of contracting an infection can be significantly reduced with a few simple steps. If you regularly give your vehicle a thorough cleaning, keep a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from the next person, observe the coughing and sneezing etiquette and ventilate rooms regularly, you are making an important contribution to reducing the spread of harmful micro-organisms.
First of all, remove all clutter from the car – used disposal cups, paper and waste of any kind. In addition, important documents, tablet devices and such should also be taken out. Now comes the cleaning – crumbs and dirt between the seats can easily be removed with a small handheld vacuum cleaner. If one isn’t available, you can use disposable gloves. Simply moisten them and go over the areas with your gloved hand. Coarser dirt particles will adhere to the rubber surface.
Next, carefully spray the car with disinfectant on all areas you have the most contact with, including the steering wheel, gear lever, dashboard, interior and exterior handles, buttons, glove compartment, rear-view mirror, sun visor, seat belts and, what is often forgotten, the fuel cap. In addition, think about what other surfaces you often touch with your hands and disinfect them as well.
Not every cleaner is suitable for vehicles. You should treat high-quality equipment with care. For example, do not, if possible, clean leather seats with harsh detergents as they may cause damage. Instead, mix a neutral cleaner or a mild hand wash liquid with a little water and wipe the leather with a slightly damp cloth. If you are unsure what agent to use for the interior of your company car, we recommend you first test it on an inconspicuous place.
What you can use to disinfect your company car
For coronaviruses, experts recommend disinfectants with the addition of “limited antiviral”, “limited antiviral plus” or “antiviral.” They are suitable as well for those in the at-risk groups and effectively remove viruses and germs. Thorough cleaning of the company car, whether it is your own or a pool vehicle, is an important measure that lowers the risk of infectious diseases and thus makes the work in a company fleet safer.
If you want to check whether the thorough cleaning of your vehicle is carried out regularly, you have the option of specifying cleaning dates in your fleet management system. Software solutions such as Fleet+ or Carano guarantee automated appointment alert to remind you, among other things, to clean your car thoroughly at regular, preset intervals.