Follow These Tips To Make Your Vehicle's Glass Shine Inside & Out
Cleaning regular windows in your home can be tough, but cleaning the windows in your vehicle can feel downright impossible to do without causing streaks. Here are some tips to ensure that your car windows are streak free and look great the next time you clean them.
Pay Attention To The Weather
The weather can actually impact the quality of your window washing job on your vehicle. If it is going to be sunny outside, try to find a spot in the shade where you can clean your windows, and try to clean your windows at the coolest time of day. Heat and sunlight will cause your window-washing agent to dry too quickly, which can result in streaks on your windows.
If there is rain or snow in the forecast, try to find an indoor or covered location to clean your windows. It will be difficult for you to tell if you are really getting your windows clean when rain and snow are also falling on your windows at the same time.
If your car has been parked outside and has frozen ice or snow on it, be sure to let your vehicle warm up and use the defrost button before you try to wash your windows.
Get The Right Supplies
Most glass cleaners that you use on your home windows and mirrors are not appropriate for washing your vehicle's windows with. Most window cleaners contain ammonia, and ammonia dries out both plastic and rubber, which are the materials holding your vehicle's windows in place.
Try to purchase a natural window cleaner that does not contain ammonia. Or, you can make your own by mixing one part of vinegar with three parts of water inside of a spray bottle.
You will also need a few microfiber cloths or paper towels to wipe your windows with.
You should start with your exterior windows. First, you should wash your entire vehicle with soap, water and a sponge. Rinse it off and use microfiber towels to dry the windows and the rest of the exterior.
Once the windows are completely dry, spray them with your homemade or all-natural window cleaner solution and quickly wipe it clean using a circular motion with either a microfiber cloth or paper towel. As soon as the cloth or towel starts to get damp, switch to a new one. When it is damp, it will leave streaks.
Work around your entire vehicle in a clockwise motion until all of your windows have been cleaned.
After you have cleaned the windows outside, it is time to move inside of your vehicle.
Open all the doors of your vehicle so you can more easily clean the windows and to ensure you have enough air circulation when cleaning.
Start with the rear window and spray it with the cleaning solution. Allow the solution to drip down the window, then wipe it away using up and down motions. This works best in the small space you have to work with your rear window.
For the windows on your doors, roll the windows down first and wipe the tops of the windows and around the window frame. Then, roll up the windows, spray and wipe them clean.
Finally, clean your front windshield. Work in small sections, spray first, allow it to drip down, then wipe away the cleaner. Don't spray the entire interior of the front windshield at once; chances are, with all the obstacles in your way inside of your car, you will not be able to clean it off fast enough to prevent streaks.
If you follow the tips above, you should be able to wash your vehicle's windows without leaving behind streaks. If you notice any chips or scratches in your windows as you're cleaning, be sure to take your car in to an auto glass repair company like Premiere Glass And Mirror before an easy fix becomes a major problem.