Disinfecting Your IC Bus

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Your IC bus cleaning schedule and method can strongly influence its life-expectancy and appearance. The lack of a frequent routine or use of aggressive cleaning agents can damage the finishing materials used on your bus. Unless you choose the right chemicals, you may subject your bus's ABS plastic, glass, oil paint, aluminum, vinyl, and rubber to irreversible harm. Therefore, you will have to stay clear of many common cleaning chemicals, including those containing premixed or aerosol disinfectant solutions to protect your interiors.

This IC bus cleaning guide aims to tell you everything you should know to determine the most appropriate method of cleaning your vehicle, without compromising the integrity of the surface components of your bus.

Qualifying Models

The cleaning processes listed below have been found effective on the following models:

  • IC buses
  • BE buses
  • CE buses
  • FE buses
  • HC buses
  • LC buses
  • RE buses

The interiors of buses listed above must be cleaned frequently to preserve the quality and aesthetic appeal of its component materials. Therefore, you will need to establish a cleaning routine consistent with your use of the vehicle. The more frequently (and lengthily) the unit is operated, the more cleaning it will require.

General Cleaning Processes For All Surfaces

A basic cleaning routine applicable to all surfaces entails using a soft dry cloth to wipe off the dust, dirt, and hair strands that may coat seats and upholstery. A vacuum cleaner should be used on flooring and all other surfaces with major debris. You can then dip a cloth in warm water and a mild solution of standard cleaning soap. Wipe concerned surfaces with this damp cloth, then, using another clean cloth soaked in cold water, wash off the soap. You will then need to wipe these surfaces dry with a dry, clean cloth.

Using Isopropyl As A Disinfectant

If you're looking to remove grime and remnant bacteria from your surfaces, you may be tempted to use a disinfectant wipe. A 70% isopropyl alcohol solution can be applied on a wipe and used to disinfect surfaces and is generally available through local sourcing. However, when using isopropyl, you will have to follow a few precautions:

  • 70% isopropyl solutions cannot be used as a substitute for soap
  • Surfaces like seats cannot be wiped with the 70% isopropyl solution after being subjected to heat from sun rays
  • Use appropriate ventilation when applying the solution to avoid vapors accumulating too fast. Make sure to keep your windows open when using the wipes.

Flooring Cleaning Routines

Wet your mop and soak it in a mild soap solution. Use it to wipe off flooring surfaces, and use a clean damp mop (soaked in clear water) to wipe off the excess soap. You can then use a clean, dry mop to remove remnant water.

Wheelchair tracks will require thorough rinsing to ascertain they are free of debris or the grimy residues of soap and dirt. Without proper cleaning, the residue of road and walkway chemicals on wheelchair wheels will engrain the flooring surface, and potentially lead to the deterioration of the track.

Seats And Seat Belts

The solvent-based chemicals used in a variety of disinfectants can compromise the density of seat belt materials, leading to their deficiency or failure. These consequences can lead to personal injury and even death; therefore, you will need to make sure that you wipe off all disinfectant residues with a clean, damp cloth.

Stay clear of bleach-containing agents, abrasives, and red dye seat belt webbing when wiping belt surfaces.

Glass And Exteriors

Abrasive cleaners can cause glass scratches. Therefore, you will want to use a damp cloth and a glass cleaning product instead. Similarly, emblems and decals can lose their color and sheen when subjected to harsh chemicals. Alternatively, a mild soap solution will do the trick. Make sure that your chosen product's label does not advise against its use on plastic parts to avoid damage your warranty will not cover.

The entire vehicle can be washed with moderately warm water, but avoid doing so while the vehicle is under the sun, as the heightened metal temperature can cause streaks in the paint finish. Note that hot water and strong soaps and detergents can also remove the luster of the paint.

External components of the vehicle like steps and handles should be thoroughly cleaned with disinfectant wipes to remove all the road grime, salt, ice, and grease residues.

Tips For Long-Term Maintenance

To preserve the current shape of your bus, you will want to clean it as soon after it has been used in the presence of road salts as possible. Magnesium chloride and calcium chloride are commonly used as a dust-control solution for roads around the country; however, their presence can damage your paint in the long run. These substances are extremely corrosive; therefore, they will need a thorough brushing off, and high-pressure water wash to remove them. The under-chassis and wheels will also require high-pressure washing, particularly in the winter and spring breaks. The stronger the chemicals your bus has been exposed to, the swifter your response will need to be.