How to Clean Your Interlock Device
There are plenty of reasons to try to keep ignition interlock devices clean and sanitized. Like anything you encounter frequently, your ignition interlock system has the potential to harbor bacteria and viruses. We propose a simple solution to avoid this ignition interlock problem.
We like to help our customers stay safe and healthy. Whether you’re trying to avoid catching a bug during cold, flu, and virus season or you just love a clean car, here’s your guide to a clean ignition interlock system:
Keep a stockpile of extra mouthpieces
If possible, keep a supply of extra mouthpieces for your interlock device on-hand to avoid sharing. This will also increase cleanliness even if you’re the only one using the device.
You should also clean your mouthpiece regularly. Warm water, soap, and a little time spent drying out should do the trick. Surface germs pose a sizable risk in contained spaces like passenger cars.
When someone else is driving
It’s doubly important to clean the exterior of your ignition interlock device if someone else will be driving your car. This is also an ideal time to break out one of those extra mouthpieces. At the very least, you’ll need a freshly sanitized one.
Keep the interlock device dry
This is one of the most crucial aspects of cleaning an interlock device. Regardless of how you choose to go about sanitization, the device must stay dry.
You can always ask the technician for your upcoming service appointment to clean your ignition interlock device for you. And, since they’re experienced, you can rest assured knowing that your interlock device will still function as intended.
Cleaning Ignition Interlock System On your own
Sometimes, you may need to clean an ignition interlock device between service appointments. This is especially true if you’re actively trying to sanitize the device and prevent the spread of illnesses. Don’t be afraid to sanitize your ignition interlock system.
If you choose to clean your interlock device by yourself:
- DO use a clean cloth to wipe down the ignition interlock’s surface
- DO make sure the cloth is lightly dampened
- DON’T put liquid down inside of the device
- DO use disposable alcohol wipes only.
- DON’T use any wipes containing other chemicals for cleaning, including common ones such as Lysol® or Clorox®.
- DO let the handset dry by placing it out in the open air for at least 15 minutes.
Draeger Interlock Can Help
Keeping your ignition interlock device clean is crucial to both your own health and the health of passengers in your vehicle. The process only requires a few extra minutes of your time in exchange for significant peace of mind.
At Draeger Interlock, we’re committed to helping drivers head out onto the road with safety in mind. It’s just one reason why we offer our customers ignition interlock cleaning services upon request.
It’s important to keep your ignition interlock system clean and sanitized, especially during cold, flu, and virus season. If you’d like to learn more about our services — or if you want help cleaning your ignition interlock device — contact us today for more details.