Your car can be a germ magnet but with these tips from Roger Beasley Mazda’s Chelsea Bancroft, you can keep your car clean and germ-free.

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As we battle coronavirus, it matters now more than ever to take precautions to keep you and your family healthy. Unfortunately, your car can be a germ magnet but with these tips from Roger Beasley Mazda, you can keep your car clean and germ-free.

Be prepared.

Keep disinfecting wipes, tissues and hand sanitizer in your car at all times.

Get a full detail.

It is a good idea to get your car fully detailed at least two to three times per year. That includes thoroughly cleaning the vehicle’s exterior and interior, vacuuming and shampooing the carpets and seats, and wiping down all surfaces.

Disinfect all surfaces.

Wipe down all the surfaces in your vehicle with medical-grade disinfecting wipes every few days. Don’t forget radio knobs, seat belts, cup holders, door handles, light switches, etc. And especially don’t forget the steering wheel. One study found that they can have more bacteria than a public toilet. Ew!

Vacuum your car.

Dust, pollen, germs and more can easily become embedded in your vehicle’s carpet and seats. Vacuuming regularly can prevent them from building up and keeps your car cleaner.

Wash car seats.

Spray down cloth and leather seats with fabric-disinfecting spray. If you have kids, be sure to wash and wipe down their car seats once a week; they can be a breeding ground for germs.

Change your cabin air filter.

No, it’s not just something the maintenance techs are trying to up-sell you; cabin air filters are important. They help keep out dust, pollen and pollution from the air outside.

Wipe down your keys.

Don’t forget about cleaning your keys! According to Time magazine, keys are one of the germiest things you touch every day.

Chelsea Bancroft is the strategic-partnerships and social-media manager at Roger Beasley Mazda and a blogger at



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