While good hygiene is at the top of everyone's agenda at the moment - those using a car for essential journeys to collect grocery shopping and medicine have been urged to keep their vehicles clean.

These are the top tips from Toyota and Attila Dobos, Operations Director at LeasePlan UK, to help you clean your car thoroughly.

1) Protect yourself first

Before you even begin cleaning your car, you need to make sure that you’re totally protected.

Crack out some high quality rubber gloves and a face mask, if you can, as there will be a lot of dirt particles floating around the air when you get started.

Opt for clothing that gives you full coverage as well, so a pair of jeans and a long sleeved top would be better than a vest top and a pair of shorts.

2) Clean the car as you normally would

Start off by cleaning your car in a regular manner.

Target all the obviously dirty and messy areas first, as this will allow you to get into the finer details of cleaning more easily.

Pull out the floor mats and dust them, vacuum the seats and all the corners and anything else you would normally do.

3) Give it a soak

You’re going to need a large tub of water for this step. Add some detergent or liquid soap and mix well.

Take out all the carpets and floor mats and give them a good soaking in the bucket, as well as any other removable fabrics.

You should submerge them for at least 30 minutes before letting them air dry.

4) Scrub

Get out a separate bucket of water and soap and give the car a good scrub, focusing on areas like your seats, door panels and armrests, and, of course, all the corners as well.

5) The specific areas to clean

These are the 40 areas that Toyota has identified that you need to clean thoroughly:

  • Exterior door handles
  • Frame of door and roof
  • Interior door release
  • Window switches
  • Interior door handle
  • Door pocket
  • Seatbelts
  • Seatbelt clips
  • Seat adjust buttons
  • Steering wheel
  • Horn
  • Control stalks
  • Driver air vents
  • Dashboard
  • Power button
  • Gear shift
  • Multimedia screen
  • Central air vents
  • Heating controls
  • Glovebox
  • Log book
  • Central storage compartment
  • Cupholders
  • Rear-view mirror
  • Interior lights
  • Grab handle
  • Key
  • Head rests
  • Seat pockets
  • Rear central tab
  • Fuel cap
  • Wheel valves
  • Boot lid
  • Parcel shelf
  • Boot floor tab
  • Boot close button
  • Bonnet lid
  • Washer cap
  • Dipstick
  • Oil cap

6) Don’t forget the exterior

Cleaning your car isn’t just about the inside, but the outside as well.

A soap wash will ensure that the surfaces are clean, but make sure to be generous with commonly touched areas, such as door handles, mirrors and the boot.

7) After cleaning

Now that you’re done, make sure to properly dispose of any unclean materials immediately, like emptying the vacuum you used and washing out any of the buckets that were used for cleaning as well.

You should also stick the clothes you were wearing in the washing machine straight away, and hop in the shower, too.