How To Disinfect a Car

June 16th, 2020 by

How to Disinfect a Car


As we all adjust to this new normal, it is important to remain vigilant by taking all necessary precautions to protect our friends, family, and neighbors. Experts recommend social distancing, thoroughly washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, and regularly cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. That is why we wanted to share some helpful information from Lexus on how you can clean and disinfect high touch areas in the interior and exterior of your vehicle.  You can learn more about the cleaning and disinfection procedures as recommended by the CDC here.

Tips for Disinfecting a Car

It is important to stay safe and use products and procedures for cleaning your car as found in your vehicle owners manuals. You should also remember that you must be clean (and safe) in order to make the car clean and safe. That means following the instructions on any product used including any instruction to wear gloves or additional personal protective equipment. The CDC recommends that you wear disposable gloves when disinfecting surfaces and that you discard them immediately after use.

Tools You Need to Disinfect a Car


Once you have the tools you’ll need to get the job done, thank you, Lexus! You can now focus your efforts on cleaning and disinfecting the key interior and exterior touchpoints.

Key Interior Touchpoints to Disinfect

  • Interior Door Levers/Window & Door Lock Controls
  • Upper Door Trims/Armrest
  • Power Seat Switches
  • HVAC Vents/Controls
  • Steering Wheel Buttons
  • Ignition Switch
  • Radio Various Buttons
  • Center Console & Glove Box Button/Handle
  • Cup Holders
  • Shift Lever
  • Seat Belt Adjusters/Buckles/Locks
  • Seats
  • Inner Mirror/Visors/Assist Handles/Moon Roof Shade Handle/Maps Lamps & Various Buttons (SOS/Homelink)

Key Exterior Touchpoints to Disinfect

  • All Exterior Handles
  • Fuel Lid/Gas Cap
  • Trunk or Tailgate Button/Pull
  • Key Fob
  • Front Hood Area/Lever (if vehicle serviced)

Vehicle Surfaces to Focus on Cleaning

Lexus has provided great tips and guidance on how to disinfect a car. To learn more and to get the complete Lexus Guidance on How to Clean and Disinfect a Vehicle Interior/Exterior, you can click below to view and download the PDF or visit the Lexus Drivers website for these and other great tips.

Vehicle Interior/Exterior Cleaning and Disinfecting Procedures

Stay Safe!



Posted in How To, Lexus articles