Keeping the interior of your Nissan clean is a key part of taking good care of your vehicle. Over time, dust, dirt, grime, and bacteria build up in the interior of your car. If you fail to thoroughly clean the interior of your car on a regular basis, that dirt and grime can set into the surface and upholstery inside your vehicle and become much more difficult to remove later on. Not only does a dirty interior look unsightly, but it also significantly lowers the value of your Nissan over time.
It has always been important to regularly clean the interior of your car, but many more drivers have placed a heightened focus on interior cleaning since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The inside of your car can be a germy place with lots of high-traffic hard surfaces, where viral particles that lead to COVID-19 can survive for multiple days. Cleaning your vehicle’s interior is part of doing your part to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus and keep yourself and your passengers as safe as possible.
No matter which Nissan model you have, here’s how to thoroughly and effectively clean and sanitize every part of your Nissan’s interior.
How Often Should You Clean Your Nissan’s Interior?
You should clean and disinfect high-traffic hard surfaces inside your Nissan at least once per day. High-traffic hard surfaces include any surfaces that are touched frequently by you or your passengers’ hands. Some examples are your steering wheel and the buttons and knobs that you use to control the AC, audio system, etc.
It is unnecessary to clean the upholstery inside your Nissan with as much frequency, as dirt, grime, bacteria and viral particles are less likely to set up camp on the seats inside your Nissan. Aim to clean your Nissan’s seats about once every one to two weeks to keep them clean, fresh, and stain-free.
How to Clean Hard Surfaces in Your Nissan
Hard surfaces are the most important parts of your Nissan’s interior to clean thoroughly on a regular basis. They include the parts of your vehicle that are touched most frequently by germy hands—i.e. your steering wheel, seat belts, etc.—so they are among the most-likely parts inside your Nissan to hold viral particles and bacteria. Plus, most hard surfaces inside your Nissan are likely made from either plastic or metal, and the viral particles that cause COVID-19 can survive on these materials for up to 5 days.
Fortunately, the hard surfaces inside your Nissan are also very easy and convenient to clean. You can wipe down the hardest surfaces inside your Nissan using standard cleansing or disinfectant wipes. If the wipes leave residue behind, there’s no need to worry. Just use a microfiber cloth to polish the hard surfaces inside your Nissan after sanitizing them. Hard surfaces to pay close attention to when cleaning and disinfecting your Nissan’s interior include your steering wheel, turn signal, wiper, seat belts, touchscreen, all knobs and buttons in your center console, etc. Don’t forget to disinfect your key fob while you’re at it, too.
How to Clean Your Nissan’s Seats
Many drivers are unsure of how to effectively clean and sanitize the upholstery inside their Nissan. How to clean your Nissan’s seats depends on the material of the seats.
If your Nissan has cloth seats, you can scrub them with a solution of white vinegar, dish soap, and water to thoroughly clean them. Make sure to use towels to dry the seats thoroughly in order to stave off the growth of mold and mildew inside your car seats.
If your goal is to disinfect your cloth seats, clean your seats with a solution that includes at least 70% alcohol. However, upholstery is not considered a high-risk surface for COVID-19 transmission because it is estimated that the viral particles that cause the novel coronavirus can only survive on fabric surfaces for a few hours.
For Nissan models with leather seat surfaces, use a mild solution of soap and water to clean your car seats. Remember that leather is very delicate, and even gentle cleaning solutions can strip its protective coating and cause your leather seats to fade. To avoid any surprises, always test any cleaning solution on a small, hidden patch of your vehicle’s upholstery before applying it all over your Nissan’s seats.