Coronavirus Decontamination Valeting Process

A step-by-step guide to how to incorporate a coronavirus deep clean into an existing valet process


With the world starting to get going again, we have had enquiries from our Professional partners as to how they can open up their vehicle businesses safely and keep surfaces clean.

If you would like to incorporate a decontamination clean into an existing valet process, this guide is for you. The process uses existing Autoglym products and our new Anti-Bacterial Multi-Surface Sanitiser and it’s based on the most up-to-date science to create a helpful step by step process.

We hope you and your teams find this useful.

Autoglym decontamination process

What is Coronavirus?

Covid 19 is a novel coronavirus. It is an enveloped virus which means that it has a fatty layer protecting its protein core. Destroying an enveloped virus takes less effort than for a non-enveloped virus.

All viruses require a host in order to survive but they can survive for limited periods in open environments. Studies have shown that coronavirus can last for up to 9 days on surfaces such as plastic, metal and glass, surfaces which are commonly found in vehicles (1).


How do you deal with it?

The coronavirus has a fatty outer layer and once this has been broken down the virus will begin to degrade. The World Health Organisation has recommended hand washing to stop the spread of the virus (2).

The soap breaks down the fatty layer and therefore the virus itself. Studies have shown that an alkaline pH of around 13 is effective at reducing the virus (3,4).


Which Autoglym products should I use?


Clean All
Autoglym recommend the use of Clean All, which is designed to break down fats and oils, at a 1:10 dilution for cleaning both interior surfaces and exterior touchpoints. This dilution gives a pH of around 12.5.

Interior Cleaner
Interior Cleaner is recommended for the use on any leather surfaces. Clean All is not recommended for use on leather.


Anti-Bacterial Multi-Surface Sanitiser
Anti-Bacterial Multi-Surface Sanitiser is an all-purpose sanitiser with anti-bacterial and anti-viral action for deep sanitising, daily maintenance and hygiene control across all washable surfaces inside and out.

You can use this on all washable surfaces inside and outside the car. That includes plastic, vinyl, glass, rubber, fabric, leather, paintwork, chrome, switch gear, anywhere you like.

The EN 1276 certified formulation provides independent reassurance that Anti-Bacterial Multi-Surface Sanitiser has passed testing, which measures bacteria eradication performance. 99,999% bacteria kill rate is a reassuring and independently validated statistic to provide peace of mind for your valeting/detailing customers and staff.


The Cleaning Process

Use the products and processes below to add a decontamination clean to your existing valeting process.

Products required: Clean All @ 1:10; Interior Cleaner (neat); Glass Spray; Anti-Bacterial Multi-Surface Sanitiser.

Tools required (per vehicle): 1 x AquaDry; 2 x Green Microfibres; 1 x Interior Sponge;  1 x bucket (with clean water); 1 x bucket (with Clean All solution @ 1:10).

To avoid cross contamination, cloths used for agitation stage with Clean All should only be used once, laundered at the end of the day and re-used once dry.



Make sure gloves, safety glasses and a mask are worn when entering the vehicle.

Place seat cover and paper mat in driver’s cockpit before driving.

Turn off temperature controls to prevent air movement in the vehicle.

Sanitise key and place in a zip-lock bag when not in use.

When using Anti-Bacterial Multi-Surface Sanitiser, make sure all surfaces are cool to prevent the product from drying as it requires two minutes contact time to work effectively.

After each vehicle is completed, dispose of the used gloves and facemask and replace with new ones. Clean safety glasses with Anti-Bacterial Multi-Surface Sanitiser.

Clean vacuum nozzle after every use with Anti-Bacterial Multi-Surface Sanitiser.

Replace vacuum cleaner bags daily or sanitise vacuum dirt bucket regularly.


Wash Process

Wash vehicle using standard wash procedures with a slight addition. During the TFR pre- spray stage, apply the product slightly higher up the vehicle than normal and make sure all door handles and bonnet catch have received an application.

Rinse TFR.

Continue as normal with shampoo wash, rinse and dry.

To ensure additional decontamination to touch points, spray Anti-Bacterial Multi-Surface Sanitiser onto door handles, fuel filler, boot handle and bonnet catch. The product requires two minutes contact time to work effectively.  Avoid letting the product dry on.

After two minutes, use a green microfibre to wipe all surfaces. Cloth must then be stored for launder.


Interior Clean Process

Vacuum interior to remove excess dirt from seats and carpets prior to clean.

Using Anti-Bacterial Multi-Surface Sanitiser, spray directly onto all interior surfaces from highest points, working downwards paying attention to touch points such as the grab handles, vanity/rear view mirrors, steering wheel, indicator/windscreen wiper stalks gear lever, handbrake, seatbelt buckles and door handles. For sensitive touch screen infotainment, use Glass Spray.

The product requires two minutes contact time to work effectively so once applied to upper areas, dashboard and controls, use a green microfibre to wipe all surfaces starting at the first point of application.

Once the upper surfaces are completed, repeat the application on the seats and full door card.

Repeat throughout the vehicle. Once sanitised, the vehicle is now ready for valeting using standard product and methods.

Store used microfibres and launder for further use.


The products mentioned here can be purchased from your local Autoglym Franchisee, you can find your local team here.







[content edited 3 June 2020]




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