There is probably nothing more nerve-racking than dirty car windows. Soiled car windows can considerably impair visibility at night and at dusk – only regular cleaning can remedy this.

Glass is truly a dirt collector. Excess fingerprints, particles or dust of the windows keep interfering with its transparency. In order to have a clear view when driving, both the inside and outside of the windshield need to be clean.

Cleaning car windows and windshield

To keep the inside of your windshield clean, do not forget regular dusting. Dirt or dust stick to the greasy surface of the windows, so the windows should be wiped regularly. There are several ways to accomplish this.

Safety

People have different standards of cleanliness, but these tips should satisfy everyone. As a safety precaution, you should wear protective equipment, such as eye goggles and gloves, when using cleaning solutions.

Tools

You will require the following tools:

  • New microfiber towels
  • Microfiber extension hand tool
  • Spray bottle
  • Dish soap
  • Alcohol Solution (Alcohol, White Vinegar, Water)
  • Automotive glass cleaner

Workspace

To save time, you need to have your tools and gear organized so that you can access them easily. You will also need a well ventilated, shady and flat workspace. A driveway, garage floor, or street parking are some examples. When you are using the street, please check your local laws.

Preparation

Clean on a cool surface. Parking in the shade is also good practice. We should place a towel on the dashboard to collect drips and falling dust. Using a dry microfiber, wipe off the dirt and surface dust of your windshield.

Cleaning

Spray the automotive glass cleaner directly into the microfiber towel or sponge. Wipe the windshield with vertical strokes and then horizontal strokes. Work one half of the windscreen first. Use a dry microfiber towel to clean and dry this side. Repeat this for the other half of the windshield.

Using homemade cleaner

Automotive glass cleaners usually get the job done. But some people like to make their own homemade solutions to be sure of a completely clean surface. If you prefer to make a household DIY spray bottle cleaner, given below are the two different combinations.

•             One cup water, one cup rubbing alcohol, 1 tablespoon white vinegar

•             Four parts water, one part vinegar, a few drops of dish soap

Tips

Place paper towels on the dashboard to absorb falling drips and other contaminants while cleaning. The cleaning solution must not contain ammonia as its vapors are likely to cause damage to the car interiors. Always use microfiber towels instead of paper towels to clean the windows. Avoid using large amounts of dish soap as it takes longer to wipe away.

Wash the windows in shade. The sun tends to make them dry too fast and there are chances for the vehicle to have streaks and spots. You can easily remove the stubborn dirt in the corners by wrapping the microfiber cloth around a cooking wooden spoon. If you have smoked in the car, you will probably have to repeat the process to remove the nicotine deposits.

Methylated spirits or rubbing alcohols are great cleaning agents for car windows. However, many experts advise against using them in undiluted form because they are likely to leave streaks – and that is exactly what you want to avoid. In addition, a pungent odor often remains. However, if you add a few drops to water, then it does not leave streaks.

Cleaning car windows from the outside

Those swirly spots, messy lines on car windows probably could ruin your day. Clean the car windows regularly to have good view at night and dusk. Our tips will make sure that your car remains streak-free and gives you optimal visibility.

Remove coarse dirt and insects

Cars are exposed to the environment and the weather, which is why dirt collects on the outside of car windows. In addition, tree resin or dead insects quickly land on the windshield – and we cannot simply remove these with the windshield wiper.

Coarse soiling warrants some extra attention before it changes into an unsightly stain. To remove the dead insects, we can flip up the windshield wipers and use damp newspapers or kitchen towels to soak the remains.

The surface dirt could be wiped off by using clear water after being soaked for five to ten minutes. Cleaning the windshield wipers also prevents dust on the windshield.

Tip: Choose a day without excessive sunshine and find a place with adequate shade. If the cleaning agent dries too quickly because of the solar radiation it will leave streaks on the window.

Cleaning

When you have finished removing the coarser dirt, the finer layers should be cleaned thoroughly. In order to clean the windows, you should wet the panes with a glass cleaner, and then clean them with a soft microfiber cloth in circular movements. A shot of clear alcohol in the cleaning water can prevent streaking. Then wipe again with water.

Spray the old stickers with glass cleaner, if you want to remove those. After a short time, the sticker can then be peeled off with a ceramic / glass scraper. However, car owners should avoid employing high-temperature heaters such as a hair dryer. If the hot air is hot enough, then it could crack the windscreen.

By using a mixture of water and dishwashing liquid, or the use of a glass cleaner, unattractive adhesive residues on the windshield can be removed easily.

Tip: If you want to remove the dirt residues thoroughly, use a clay bar. Wet the bar so that the resin does not stick when you wipe it. Then rub the clay over the area by using a palm-sized piece. Whenever you have some difficulty wiping, wipe harder.

Drying

Cleaning and drying are both important. Streaks might appear later if cleaning agent residues remains on the windows. Use a fresh soft microfiber cloth for this purpose.

Caution when cleaning tinted car windows

When cleaning tinted windows, car owners should be cautious. Motorists should be aware that they cannot use ammonia or enzyme based or abrasive cleaners to clean their car windows.

Although vinegar is just a small component of household glass cleaners, it can still damage the tinted film. Use automotive cleaners and a soft microfiber towel when you are cleaning tinted car windows. Rubbing the edges is not recommended, as it could peel off or deform the film.