Making Your Vehicles Safe from COVID-19
Every day, a new driver takes out a different truck in your fleet.
You drive for Uber and want to make sure your car is clean.
The kids come home from school, and you want to keep everyone safe.
Spraying disinfectant chemicals in your vehicle is unpleasant and potentially harmful. After all, little hands go into little mouths, and you don't want them ingesting something that can kill viruses.
The safest way to disinfect your vehicle is steam, under pressure, done by a professional.
The Safe Way to Disinfect
Steam is the perfect answer for anyone that is concerned about dangerous chemicals in the environment, around children and pets, or simply doesn't want the smells and residue. Some people are sensitive to chemicals, fragrances, and irritants.
Let's face it: If it's strong enough to kill a virus, there's a good chance it can irritate skin and probably isn't healthy for you.
Steam is, of course, water. At Clean-Driven L.L.C., our commercial steamer can get up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. That's hot enough to kill germs, but won't leave behind a dangerous chemical residue.
Why Steam Works
Steam is a powerful disinfectant because it simply kill germs. For the same reasons that you cook chicken to 160 degrees, steam can kill almost anything. The bacteria and viruses that we're all concerned about die easily when their environment is heated up over 150 to 200 degrees.
We use a machine that gets very hot and forces steam out under pressure. This helps to destroy the germs, including, according to available research, COVID-19.
Two Powerful Tools
The two most powerful tools to kill COVID-19 and other viruses and bacteria are soap and hot water. Of course, steam is extremely hot water.
As part of our auto detailing work, we can use mild detergents in the appropriate places and follow that up with steam to double down on the disinfecting power.
"(Ruth Collins, Ph.D., an assistant professor of molecular medicine at Cornell University) points out that soap is known to dissolve the outer layer of SARS-CoV-2 and kill the virus. High temperatures can do the same." - Shape Magazine
While steam alone hasn't been studied on COVID-19, it's an accepted way to kill germs on surfaces. In fact, an autoclave, a machine that disinfects surgical instruments, uses steam to do its job.
The Steering Wheel
Warning: This is gross.
The average steering wheel is not a nice place if you want to stay healthy.
- "It carries roughly 700 different strains of bacteria.
- It's six times dirtier than the average cell phone screen.
- Steering wheels are four times dirtier than a public toilet seat.
- It's two times dirtier than public elevator buttons." - com
While the seats and the doors get a lot of attention, many people forget things like the steering wheel and the seatbelt buckles.
Using a powerful steam cleaning machine, we can kill germs on these non-porous surfaces quickly, without the chemical residue.
The Importance of a Disinfected Vehicle
Personal vehicles - Your car is your second home. The difference is that at home there are sinks and soap to disinfect your hands with. As you get in and out of your car each day, you're picking germs on your hands and depositing them on your car.
Commercial vehicles - If you're taking packages in and out all day or loading and unloading food, you're putting germs on the surfaces of your vehicle. They can be hard to wipe off. There are a lot of nooks and crannies.
Fleet vehicles - When your drivers rotate vehicles throughout the week, everyone's hands are on everything. This leads to spreading all kinds of microbes, including the common cold, the flu, and COVID-19.
Ride hailing - The ride hailing business has struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic. It's hard for people to know what's safe and what's not. A proper cleaning, including a certificate from us, can go a long way to setting riders minds at ease.
In some ways, the inside of your car or truck is like a public place. You're bringing in everything that you touch on the outside. Getting your vehicles disinfected on a regular basis is one of the best ways to keep everyone safe and healthy.
Getting to All the Surfaces
One big advantage to steam is that it can reach places that hands can't and that you don't want to put chemicals into. For example, it can be difficult to get into the seams of the upholstery, but a steam cleaner can disinfect there with ease. Because the water is so hot, it dries very quickly, so you're not sitting on wet seats or dealing with a wet steering wheel.
Why Have a Pro Do It?
Some people try to use their household steam cleaner, either a handheld unit or even a stand-up steamer.
There are some disadvantages to doing it yourself.
Firstly, the steam is usually just boiling, not hotter than 212 degrees. With a professional steamer, the steam can be set to over 300 degrees. Since steam cools quickly as soon as it touches air, you want it to be hotter to begin with.
Secondly, household steamers don't use pressure. They usually release steam when it's boiling, like a tea kettle. A commercial steamer pushes the steam out under pressure, an important factor in killing germs and disinfecting surfaces.
Finally, a pro knows how to tackle each surface well. They know where to find the small spots that everyone forgets, but where hands (and germs) are constantly touching.
Using a professional detailing service, like Clean-Driven L.L.C. in South Florida, ensures that your vehicles are clean, disinfected, and free from dangerous chemicals. Since our service is mobile, we will come to you.
We also provide weekly service if you need it. We clean your fleet vehicles when they're to in use to ensure that everything is safe and ready to be used again.
We would love to hear your comments below or call us if you have questions.