kinds of debris all smack into your car window while driving. If you do not clean your windows, they can both become damaged and difficult to see out of. Furthermore, if you do not know how to clean your car’s windows properly, you can risk damaging them yourself or you can end up leaving visible streaks all over the window. So, to help out all the car owners out there, here are two methods that you can try to keep your windows looking as good as new.
Method 1: The professional route
The easiest, but most expensive route is to get professional work done on your windows regularly. Your options are either to go to a car wash or get professional detailing done. Car washes are the cheaper of the two options, but simply going to a car wash and getting your windows squeegeed and washed is not really going to get all the grime off your windows. The other option is to get a professional auto detailer to do your windows. This will be a bit more expensive, but also a lot more effective than your standard car wash. A good detailer will go over your windows (both the interior and exterior) with a fine tooth comb; they will use window friendly soap and towels to ensure that the windows are thoroughly cleaned with no streaks left behind. The issues with getting regular detailing done are that it is both expensive and inconvenient. A god alternative might be mobile detailing. Auto detailers are now going mobile in droves, so chances are that you will be able to find a mobile detailer who can come at an allotted time every month and clean your car windows.
Method 2: Doing it yourself
While it is a bit more labor intensive, if you have the necessary equipment and know-how, you can clean your windows yourself and make them look as if they were done by a professional.
What you need
If you want to give your car’s interior and exterior windows a professional quality shine, you are going to need some equipment first.
The first thing you need to get is window cleaner. You cannot just any window cleaner either, you specifically need ammonia free window cleaner. The reason for this is that ammonia can damage car interiors, so if you can accidentally spill any of the window cleaner you risk damaging the inside of your car. Another worry is that as the ammonia evaporates, it releases fumes that can damage materials like leather and vinyl. So, just be safe and pick up some car-friendly window cleaner.
The next thing you need is a microfiber cloth. You cannot use regular towels or cloths to clean any part of your car as the rough materials can leave hairline scratches. Microfiber cloths are better at picking up dirt and debris; plus, they do not leave scratches like regular towels or cloths.
Cleaning the windows
Now that you have the proper materials, it is time to get down to actually cleaning your windows. It should be noted that if you plan to clean your whole car, instead of just your windows, that you should deal with your windows last. This prevents other cleaning materials from getting onto the freshly cleaned windows. Also, while it may be tempting to do your cleaning in direct sunlight, you should avoid doing this. Washing your windows in direct sunlight can cause the cleaning solution to evaporate too quickly, which can leave spots or streaks on the windows. If you touch your car and it is too hot to hold your hand against, then it is too hot to clean the windows. Try keeping your car in the garage or in a heavily shaded area to cool it down before you start to apply the cleaning solution.
Start by cleaning the biggest windows first (the rear and front window) and then slowly move from window to window, then move onto the interior windows. Now, the best way to clean windows is to go up and down, then side to side. This ensures that every part of the window is cleaned. A lot of people tend to use a circular motion when cleaning. This is a bad idea as it will leave streaks.
You need to use two towels per window (if you are short on towels, you can use both sides of the microfiber towel instead). One towel is to actually clean the window; the other towel is to dry the window and make it spotless. Also, you want to use a new set of towels for each window. This will prevent you from accidentally spreading debris or dust from the window you just cleaned onto the next window.
Some general tips
If you have some caked on bug residue on your windows, you will probably not be able to get rid of it by just wiping it with the cloth. There are a couple of ways of getting rid of this residue. You can try getting a specialized bug residue remover, but that is a bit unnecessary. A better method is to take a cloth, soak it in window cleaning solution, and lay it on top of the bug residue. After a couple minutes, the bug residue should be easy to wipe off.
An area that is often neglected is the very top of the driver and passenger side windows. So, before you finish cleaning up, start your car, roll down your windows, and give the top of the windows a really good wiping down.
When it comes to windshield wipers, you need to give them a thorough cleaning. Dirt and debris often get built up on wipers; which is then transferred to windows when you use the wipers. The solution here is to use some of the window cleaning solution to break off the caked on dirt and debris and then clean the wipers. If that does not work, you can try using a vinegar solution to get rid of the built up debris.