Cleaning the inside of a car’s windshields and windows every few weeks to remove dust, smudges, and dirt is essential for aesthetics reasons. It also improves visibility and lowers driver fatigue, which means safer driving. Although cleaning your vehicle’s windshields and windows may sound like an easy task for some, sometimes the whole chore can become difficult making the windows harder to see through than before. It’s important to get everything right the very first time to avoid repeating the same task. Following this guide will teach you the best way to clean car windows, in just a few steps.
#1 Pull Vehicle Into a Shade
Before you get started, it’s important to first find a place where you can clean your windows in the shade. A dry and cloudy day also sets a great opportunity to start your cleaning as the temperatures are usually cool, making it difficult for your cleaner to dry before you can wipe it off. You can also use water to speed up heat evaporation from the windows. Otherwise, cleaning your windows on a sunny day would make the cleaner dry onto the hot windows and, therefore, leave stubborn streaks behind.
#2 Clear All Dust and Dirt Around
Next, find a brush and start sweeping all dust and dirt on the window frame. You can also vacuum these unwanted materials with your machine’s dusting attachment if you have one around. At least this would help stop dirt from turning into an ugly mess when mixed with a cleaner. Sometimes the window screen may appear very grimy. On this particular occasion, you should first pop out the window screen before any cleaning takes place. Once you’ve the windscreen on the ground, wash it with some warm water and a soft brush, then rinse and wait for a few minutes for the window to dry before placing it back.
#3 Clean the Rear and Front Windows
Spray the glass cleaner onto a microfiber cloth. Just a few splashes every few seconds should do the trick, depending on how dirty your windows look. Extremely dirty windows would require some extra cleaning solution than usual in order to completely wipe away all the dirt.
Eventually all the dirt should clear after a few touches, but be careful not to spray the cleaner directly onto the windows as this would make the glass hazy. Because some stains might be very stubborn to come off easily, you can use a wet rug to remove the heavy bug splatter. You may also sprinkle some baking soda on the dirt, although you should allow the solution to sit for a few minutes so that the stain can become loose.
Next, find a clean microfiber cloth and start wiping both the rear and front windows clean, working from top to bottom in an up-and-down or circular motion. For a more effective cleaning, avoid using paper towels but rather use a microfiber cloth or some sponge instead. At least a microfiber cloth won’t leave pesky fiber behind on the windows. This piece of cloth is also effective in eliminating even the smallest dust and dirt particles hidden in the inside of a car’s windows and windshields.
#4 Roll Down Your Side Windows
The top area in which the window slides into place inside the rubber seal is a common area that many people usually skip when cleaning windows. To get rid of these conspicuous lines, roll your side windows down a little bit then wipe the area with a piece of cloth as usual. If the part is substantially dirty, consider adding some extra cleaner to remove dirt from the area.
#5 Clean the Wiper Blades
Finally, spray the glass cleaner onto the wiper blades to dissolve and suspend any dirt buildup present then wipe them dry with a microfiber cloth. The dirt on the edges sometimes can harm the windshield and cause them to wear off faster than usual if not properly maintained. To avoid this issue, make sure to use a wiper treatment once you finish cleaning the windshield edges.
General Car Window Cleaning and Maintenance
This doesn’t mean that you should follow all of the above steps every time you wash your vehicle. On the other hand, it’s important that you deep-clean the windows and windshields every time you polish your vehicle.
Deep-cleaning your car windows at least once every 6 months or twice annually is fine. However, you can use a glass cleaner in the last step after washing and drying the car. This should be done at least once every week to ensure clarity and cleanliness of both the windows and windshields in between the stages of polishing and deep-cleaning.
Also make sure to treat the windows with a clay bar every time you clean your vehicle. Car shampoo, in particular, makes an excellent lubricant for clay bars. At least this would help eliminate any mild stains conspicuous on the windows and windshields without scratching the surface.
Taking time to clean the inside of a car’s windows every few weeks often brings potential aesthetics improvement you would like to achieve. Clean windshields also give you a clearer view of the road, which significantly lowers the likelihood of a car accident. Nevertheless cleaning the inside of a car’s windows is not easy as most people think, so you’ll want to make sure that you get everything right the very first time. Hopefully, the handy tips shared in this guide will teach every motorist learn the best way to clean car windows in order to improve aesthetics both from the inside and outside.