Johannesburg – While hand washing and face masks are the most common preventative measures in the battle against Covid-19, the disinfecting of surfaces is another important habit to develop, and that includes your car.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US recommends wearing disposable gloves for cleaning and then disinfecting surfaces. If a surface looks dirty, it should be wiped down with soap and water prior to disinfection.

Nissan recommends using a soft or microfiber cloth dampened with soap and water to wipe down hard surfaces.

Cleaning liquids to avoid

The carmaker also warns that while most common household disinfectants are effective, some are not ideal for use on a vehicle, including bleach, hydrogen peroxide, benzene, thinners or other harsh and abrasive cleaners. These chemical products could damage your vehicle’s upholstery and/or interior surfaces.

*This article first appeared on IOL Motoring