How to Clean Your Car’s Steering Wheel (Updated)

 


Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 8/25/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.


With a new year, you may have a renewed drive to keep your vehicle clean and tidy.


The better you take care of your vehicle, the longer it will last and the higher the resale value will be when you decide to get a new one.


Every time you get in your car, your hands manipulate the steering wheel, which means dirt, grime and oils from your hands touch your steering wheel – pretty much every day.


That can leave behind a lot of germs and dirt, components that can damage your steering wheel, too.


Here’s how to clean your steering wheel to protect it – and keep the germs at bay.


  • Step 1. Gather up your supplies for this step, which include a cleaner safe to use on your car’s interior and a microfiber cloth. Spray the cloth with the cleaner. (Don’t spray the steering wheel, as this may cause cleaner to get on other components, and you may not be able to remove it.) Then, wipe the steering wheel down, using a back and forth motion around the steering wheel’s sides (or moving left to right). Then, move onto the next section of wheel.

  • Step 2.  If you’ve neglected the steering wheel, use a soft brush instead of a microfiber towel. Spray the brush with the cleaner, and go to work. You’ll want to basically “agitate” the steering wheel in order to create a lather. Work your way around the steering wheel, following up with a dry microfiber cloth.

  • Step 3. For a very dirty steering wheel, use an interior scrub pad with light pressure at first. If dirt remains, apply a little more pressure, being careful not to damage the wheel.

  • Step 4. Use a steam machine, which will have antibacterial capabilities, if you have one. Choose the single-nozzle attachment and set it to “medium.” Work your way around the steering wheel slowly, and wipe the wheel frequently to remove the moisture.


If you don’t want to use harsh chemical cleaners, you can create a mixture of 3-parts water to 1-part all purpose cleaning solution in any of these steps.


Every time you clean your car’s exterior and interior, don’t forget to take care of the steering wheel, too.


If you’d like to know more about the proper care and cleaning of your vehicle, just give Serra Mazda a call today!


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