We hope everyone is dutifully abiding by the Movement Control Order (MCO) and staying at home as much as possible. With that being said, there’s definitely still a need to go out for our daily necessities once in a while, which means the interior of our cars might potentially be a virus hot zone after human contact.

Recent studies suggests that the COVID-19 virus can survive for up to three days on plastic and stainless steel surfaces, therefore it is important to regularly clean and disinfect our cars to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

As a continuation to the car care tips provided last week, Proton has shared a few basic hygiene tips to keep our cars clean and safe – which can be useful for both the MCO period and in the long run!

Proton's interior hygiene guide

Firstly, Proton recommends to clean all touch points in the interior regularly using disinfectant wipes, which includes items such as the steering wheel, gear knob, door handles (both inside and out), push-start button, infotainment display, and climate control buttons.

As for car seats, usage of regular disinfectants might cause discolouration or damage to the upholstery – especially leather. Proton recommends to use the appropriate cleaning solutions for the right material, and ensure that it is fully dried after cleaning.

One simple advice for personal hygiene during these trying times is to minimise contact by avoiding gestures such as handshakes, wash our hands frequently, and prevent touching your face as much as possible.

This simple advice can be taken to the next level in our cars too by using hands-free functionalities, such as voice command and feet sensor boot release – provided if your cars come with these features.

Proton also advices to frequently clean the interior of your cars by vacuuming out the trash, dust, loose dirt and small bits of food. If possible, invest in small air purifier which can help filter out microparticles and airborne bacteria. If you drive the Proton X70 though, lucky you – the air purifier is already built in to your air conditioning.


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