Car interiors are constantly exposed to a broad array of microorganisms that are carried in from the environment by drivers, passengers, items such as shopping, and even pets. A study found more than 700 distinct bacteria strains residing on soft and hard surfaces inside a conventional vehicle.
More interestingly, high-touch surfaces are known to be prone to the growth of microorganisms, with steering wheels, cup holders and seat belts being identified as having the largest number of colony-forming units (CFUs).
This implies that keeping our mode of transport clean is critical, especially as public concerns about cleanliness are at an all-time high in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an article for Asia Pacific Coatings Journal, Graham Harvey, Global Group Director at Microban, talks about the role of built-in antimicrobial protection in creating cleaner car interiors. Graham touches upon the benefits of the technology, including how inexpensive it is to introduce into vehicles.