Autobell® Car Wash Turns Focus to Disinfecting Vehicle Interiors During COVID-19 Crisis
Free Hospital-Grade Disinfectant Utilized to Help Slow Spread of Coronavirus
CHARLOTTE (April 14, 2020) – Like distilleries turned hand sanitizer manufacturers and other industries pivoting to provide products crucial in the fight against COVID-19, Autobell® Car Wash has shifted its focus from car washing to providing an essential vehicle Interior Disinfectant service to help flatten the coronavirus curve.
Already in the research and development process since last fall of adding an interior disinfectant service to its car wash options, Autobell® took swift action to offer the service system-wide in early March to protect Autobell® team members and the driving public in the face of the looming COVID-19 crisis.
“We are no longer primarily a car wash; we are a cleaning and disinfectant company helping slow the spread of coronavirus, serving everyone from police departments to postal workers to medical personnel,” said Carl Howard, COO of Autobell® Car Wash, Inc. “Since we instituted this service in mid-March, we have disinfected more than 70,000 vehicles across all of our stores.”
PURTABS™ is an EPA-registered, hospital-grade disinfectant that meets the EPA’s criteria for use against COVID-19. The disinfectant is applied using a fogging technique after people and pets exit the vehicle. This is followed by a one-minute activation period with car doors and windows closed.
The Interior Disinfectant service will eventually become an optional a la carte service, but it is currently provided free for essential workers visiting Autobell® for an interior cleaning, as well as a free stand-alone service for first responders and government workers with a government-issued ID.
“Stay-at-home orders are currently in effect in every city that Autobell® serves, therefore we felt it was important to support the essential workers who are serving the public and helping fight this terrible pandemic every day,” said Howard.
Charlotte, NC-based Autobell® Car Wash is America's fifth largest car wash company, with 86 locations in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, and Maryland. Founded in Charlotte by the late Charles Howard Sr., the company celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019 and remains privately held and operated by subsequent generations of the Howard family. Autobell® employs more than 3,000 team members and washes approximately 5 million cars annually. For more information, visit autobell.com.