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Hand sanitiser and steering wheels

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Hand sanitiser and steering wheels

Hand sanitiser and steering wheels

Hand sanitiser has become such a huge part of our daily lives now: we sanitise every time we go into a shop, a bank, a school – some of us even carry sanitiser in our cars or bags and use it periodically throughout the day. It has played a huge part in limiting the transmission of Covid-19 and other germs, but is it also damaging your car?

While most surfaces in the interior of your car will barely be affected by hand sanitiser that has been applied to your hands, two surfaces that can take a pounding are the steering wheel and the gear lever, especially if they are covered in leather, as in all Lexus vehicles and many Toyotas.

Most hand sanitisers are alcohol based, and alcohol can quickly strip the leather of the protective coating applied to it in the factory. The first effect will be the leather getting sticky, after which the top coating can actually peel off. This is exacerbated by hot sun, and the combination can be quite destructive.

So what can we do to keep our steering wheels in tip-top shape? Well, the one option is to put a steering-wheel cover on your steering wheel. When this deteriorates, which it will as long as we're using hand sanitiser as extensively as we are, you can replace it with another one. This is much cheaper than replacing your car's steering wheel or having it re-trimmed.

Of course, you might not like the way an after-market steering wheel cover looks as compared to the premium wood and leather of your original Lexus steering wheel. In that case, you can wash your steering wheel with a cloth that has been dampened with soapy water, but you'll need to do this regularly, and up to a couple of times a day. An option is to keep a cloth and a little soapy water in a Tupperware in your car, and to use it after you get into your car.

If you do wash your leather trim, it's a good idea to regularly treat it with a leather conditioner to maintain it.

Another option is to simply wash your hands with the soapy damp cloth every time you get into the car, and then dry them. This should remove the sanitiser, which by then has already done its job.

There is one last option, which is to treat your steering wheel with a leather-protective coating. While this can definitely help, there is a chance that it will affect the appearance of the leather on your steering wheel, and it may change the colour slightly.

Whatever you do, though, don't stop sanitising or washing your hands until this pandemic is behind us!

 

Hand sanitiser and steering wheels

Hand sanitiser has become such a huge part of our daily lives now: we sanitise every time we go into a shop, a bank, a school – some of us even carry sanitiser in our cars or bags and use it periodically throughout the day. It has played a huge part in limiting the transmission of Covid-19 and other germs, but is it also damaging your car?

While most surfaces in the interior of your car will barely be affected by hand sanitiser that has been applied to your hands, two surfaces that can take a pounding are the steering wheel and the gear lever, especially if they are covered in leather, as in all Lexus vehicles and many Toyotas.

Most hand sanitisers are alcohol based, and alcohol can quickly strip the leather of the protective coating applied to it in the factory. The first effect will be the leather getting sticky, after which the top coating can actually peel off. This is exacerbated by hot sun, and the combination can be quite destructive.

So what can we do to keep our steering wheels in tip-top shape? Well, the one option is to put a steering-wheel cover on your steering wheel. When this deteriorates, which it will as long as we're using hand sanitiser as extensively as we are, you can replace it with another one. This is much cheaper than replacing your car's steering wheel or having it re-trimmed.

Of course, you might not like the way an after-market steering wheel cover looks as compared to the premium wood and leather of your original Lexus steering wheel. In that case, you can wash your steering wheel with a cloth that has been dampened with soapy water, but you'll need to do this regularly, and up to a couple of times a day. An option is to keep a cloth and a little soapy water in a Tupperware in your car, and to use it after you get into your car.

If you do wash your leather trim, it's a good idea to regularly treat it with a leather conditioner to maintain it.

Another option is to simply wash your hands with the soapy damp cloth every time you get into the car, and then dry them. This should remove the sanitiser, which by then has already done its job.

There is one last option, which is to treat your steering wheel with a leather-protective coating. While this can definitely help, there is a chance that it will affect the appearance of the leather on your steering wheel, and it may change the colour slightly.

Whatever you do, though, don't stop sanitising or washing your hands until this pandemic is behind us!