Hygiene tips for a clean company car
Good hygiene is vital to a company vehicle, not only for the driver’s subjective well-being but also their health. Since the Covid pandemic, hygiene has become a hot topic in every aspect of social life. Not aimed specifically at pooling fleets, it is no different for any fleets.
In this post, we’ll share our tips on how to get your company car up to hygienic standard quickly and safely so you can feel better driving to your next appointment or the office.
Cleanliness is not only a concern of the fleet manager, but drivers themselves. This does not mean just a shiny, spotless exterior, but the hygiene inside a car is even more important.
For many drivers of company cars, the vehicle doubles as a mobile second office. Especially on long trips to customers, the car serves both as a place for breaks and for work: e-mails are answered, appointments are coordinated, and a private booth for meal breaks.
It’s no wonder that dirt and crumbs collect in the car. When it comes to their personal company car, many drivers will take a more relaxed view. Whereas if it’s a pooling vehicle shared among colleagues, drivers will make a greater effort to keep it spic and span. Cleaning a company vehicle may be a chore, but in a pooling fleet it is a necessity that protects not only oneself, but also fellow drivers.
How to disinfect your company car
First things first: there is no such thing as one hundred percent protection against viruses and germs. Nevertheless, the risk of infection can be significantly minimized with a few simple steps. If you regularly and thoroughly clean your vehicles, maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from people around you, observe cough and sneeze etiquette and habitually air out rooms, you are already making an important contribution to reducing the spread of harmful bugs. If you’re feeling ill, avoid going to the office and work from home instead. For nearby errands, walk rather than drive.
Thorough cleaning starts with tidying up. First, remove trash from the car – empty coffee cups, paper and such, as well as important documents and electronic devices. Now you can start the actual cleaning: Using a damp cloth or disposable gloves, get rid of crumbs, dirt and debris from seats and crevices.
Spray the car with disinfectant. This includes all surfaces that you come in contact with: steering wheel, gearshift lever, dashboard, interior and exterior handles, buttons, glove compartment, rear-view mirror, sun visors, seat belts – and don’t forget, as it often is, the gas cap. In addition, consider what other surfaces you often touch and disinfect those as well.
Not every cleaner is suitable for vehicles. Look for cleaners designed for cars. Most sanitizers are now so mild, they can be used on a variety of surfaces.
You should treat high-quality equipment, such as leather seats, with care. Dilute a neutral cleaner or mild hand dishwashing liquid with a little water and wipe the leather with a cloth slightly dampened with it. If you are unsure whether the solution is appropriate, we recommend testing it on an inconspicuous place or consult the person responsible for the fleet.
What to use to disinfect your company car
For highly contagious coronaviruses, experts recommend using disinfectants labeled as “limited virucidal”, “limited virucidal plus” or “virucidal.” Also suitable for risk groups, they are effective at removing unwanted microorganisms. Thorough cleaning of the company vehicle, whether your own or a pool car, is an important measure to reduce the risk of infectious diseases, thus making fleet usage safer.
To make sure vehicles are thoroughly and regularly cleaned, schedule cleaning appointments in your fleet management system.
For greater hygiene in the fleet:
- If you feel sick and drive a pooling vehicle, clean it extra thoroughly after use or have the fleet manager disinfect the car.
- Use a software solution for your pooling fleet to maintain a better overview of utilization as well as usage history of the vehicles.
- As a fleet manager, you should always make sure fleet cars are not only clean and immaculate externally, but that the interior is hygienic as well.