Shiny and streakfree windows is one part of proper car care and a clean car although cleaning windows can sometimes be a challenging endeavor for some and so we wanted to take this opportunity to share with you some tips and recommending things you should know when cleaning your vehicle’s windows.In this post we will discuss the tools you will need, some techniques you can use, and some other helpful recommendations to assist you in keeping your vehicle’s windows looking their best.
For starters, we recommend you start with the right tools to wash your windows. Two good clean towel, and a good glass cleaner solution is what we’ve found as the most effective way to keep your windows glistening and sparkling.
The towels needed for cleaning windows is a high quality poly towel and a clean microfiber towel. For window cleaner we recommend a high quality window cleaner if you want the best results.
It should be noted glass cleaner that contains ammonia is not recommended for use on windows with tint due to possible premature fading or damage to the tint. If you aren’t sure which glass cleaner to use, we recommend erring on the side of caution and using a higher grade window glass cleaner.
Should I spray directly onto the glass or onto my towel?
We advice you go both ways when using window glass cleaner. Generally though, the rule is that if you don’t want to deal with over spray to spray onto your towel as opposed to onto the glass which can sometimes get unwanted glass cleaner onto the body or trim of the vehicle. Glass cleaner is generally safe and any over spray can be removed with ease.
How often should I clean the windows on my vehicle?
We recommend cleaning your windows on a weekly or when needed basis which can be whenever any environmental radicals such as bird droppings, dirt, road tar, tree sap, or juju berries find their way onto the window glass.
Like the clear coat of your paint, glass can also lose it’s natural protective surface and brilliant shine over time and if not cared for properly. We recommend cleaning your exterior windows weekly and interior windows less frequently. Fingerprints and hand and facial smears are generally less harmful and do not need to be removed immediately though over time they may become unsightly. Other foreign substances that get onto the interior window of your car such as soda, alcoholic drinks, or other free radicals should be removed promptly.
Lastly, tough stains such as from paint or permanent marker can be removed via tougher chemical safe for glass and the use of harsher tools such as a razor blade or window scraper. Please use care when using any of these stronger tools to prevent scratching or more permanent damage to your window.
Summary (Additional Tips)
1) Windows should be washed as needed, not just because. This will help prevent unnecessary labor and creating streaks and unsightly marks from improper cleaning).
2) The trick to cleaning the interior front window is to do the majority of the cleaning while sitting in the passenger seat. Pressure is applied to the palm of the hand working from the outside-in. Use same strategy for any spots missed on driver side. We recommend spraying window cleaner on towel to clean front windshield rather than directly onto windshield. Use the two towel strategy as discussed above.
3) Don’t forget to clean side mirrors and rear view mirrors.
4) Detail with clean microfiber towel to remove smears and streaks.
As with most things in cleaning your car, results will vary based on factors such as age, make, and model of your car. Not all glass is made the same and thus there will be some varying degree of effectiveness mentioned here.
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