How to Keep Your Car Clean as an Uber Driver

Cleanliness is a major concern for drivers that provide ride-sharing services through companies like Uber and Lyft, because they’re continually being rated on the quality of their service by passengers. You never know who will hop in your car next, but you must do your best to keep the vehicle tidy, safe, and inviting. Not only will this impact your passengers’ comfort and health, but it could also impact your vehicle’s resale value. So if you’ve been wondering how to keep your car clean as an Uber or Lyft driver, check out the tips below.

How to Keep Your Car Clean

According to a recent study conducted by NetQuote, ride-hailed cars are amongst the worst culprits for germs, typically containing more microorganisms than toilet seats. The average number of germs per surface was highest on the seat belts and window buttons. Luckily, you can easily reduce the number of illness-causing germs in your ride with regular cleanings using effective products. To ensure that your car’s interior is clean, healthy, and welcoming to all passengers, put the following tips into action:


It is impossible to effectively clean and disinfect a cluttered space. Spaces will be missed or unable to be reached due to clutter to properly clean them. Over time, many drivers allow their vehicles to become rolling storage sites that house a little bit of everything: empty water bottles, snack wrappers, receipts, loose change, and much more. If you want to keep your car consistently clean, purge the space often, removing anything that does not serve a function. Not only will the lack of clutter make your car appear neater, but it will also be easier to clean.


Dirt, pollen, and debris continually invade cars, but a pass with a vacuum can clear them away. Start at the top and vacuum headliners, shelves, and upholstery. Use a crevice tool to get into nooks and crannies around visors, consoles, electronics, and hand brakes. Don’t forget the trunk or cargo area. Finally, remove the floor mats and vacuum them outside the vehicle before returning to vacuum all the floors.


A car’s interior contains a variety of surfaces, so choose a cleaning product that is appropriate for the surface. Carpeting and upholstery can be steam cleaned or scrubbed with a carpet spray cleaner. Leather should be wiped with leather cleaner or mild leather soap. Safety belts can be wiped down with a spray cleaner or cleaning wipe. Glass cleaner and a little elbow grease will leave your windows sparkling. Hard surfaces like the dashboard, door handles, air vents, panel seams, radio buttons, rubber door moldings, shifter, and interior trim will benefit from a thorough cleansing with a household or auto all-purpose cleaner. Don’t overlook the hidden spaces like the change drawer, ashtray, and glove compartment. A spritz of all-purpose cleaner will quickly clean these areas.

Deodorize & Disinfect

Because your car is an enclosed space that welcomes a variety of passengers including germs, disinfecting and deodorizing your car is vital. A 2 to 3 second spritz of the SafeSpace Auto Odor & Germ Eliminator releases a fine mist that contains a contact disinfectant approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. Not only does it kill germs, bacteria, and other infectious agents, but it also leaves the interior of the car smelling fresh.

Specifically created for use in vehicles, SafeSpace Auto Odor & Germ Eliminator produces an ultra-fine mist that works quickly and won’t leave spots, stains, or oily residues on a vehicles expensive interior surfaces. After shaking well, spray the mist into your air vent openings and onto the floor mats, seat belts, steering wheel, drink holders, console, and door handles. Then, simply exit the vehicle, shut the doors, and wait 15-20 minutes before re-entering. Crack a few windows if re-entering the vehicle after treatment. You can select from two scents: Freshly Cleaned Scent or New Car Leather Scent.

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A little preparation can help you keep your car neat and clean. For starters, install a trash container so that trash doesn’t pile up throughout the vehicle. It can also be helpful to store a microfiber towel and multi-purpose cleaning spray in your car, so that you can minimize any spills by containing them quickly. Finally, make the decision that you will address any mess as soon as possible. Cleaning up a recent spill is far easier than trying to deal with a problem that’s had time to sink in, spread, and stain.


Even the most meticulous cleaning job won’t maintain itself. If you want to keep your car clean, you will need to add regular car-cleaning sessions to your schedule. For example, you may want to quickly clean your vehicle after every ride-sharing session. Then, you can perform a more in-depth, thorough cleaning at the end of every week. By scheduling these cleanings into your regular routine, you can ensure that your vehicle remains safe and tidy.


If you haven’t yet made your car’s cleanliness a priority, remember that it could impact your livelihood. Although Uber and Lyft do not inspect drivers’ cars for cleanliness, the drivers are held accountable through the two-way feedback system (riders and drivers rate one another). A dirty car will typically result in a poor rating, and if you fall below a certain rating, the company will dismiss you from the program. Lyft will also send you “flags” if you receive negative feedback regarding your car’s cleanliness. All this to say, it’s important to learn how to keep your car clean.

If you need some help learning how to keep your car clean, look at what the SafeSpace Company® has to offer. Our Auto Odor & Germ Eliminator is perfect for Uber and Lyft drivers. With a few quick sprays, you can kill germs and deodorize your car, leaving the interior smelling fresh and clean and ready to pick up new passengers. To purchase an Auto Odor & Germ Eliminator today, visit the SafeSpace® website. For more information, give us a call at 1-800-735-2506.