Your windows and windshield are often the first thing to show signs of dirt on your car. Here are a few tips to keeping your auto glass streak free and sparkling clean all year round.
- Choose a good Auto Glass cleaner. The most important thing when cleaning your auto glass is the cleaner itself. When choosing a product there is a few important things to keep in mind. Avoid products containing ammonia and alcohol, these products can not only be dangerous to inhale but also damaging to your car. Ammonia can cause damage to the interior of your car, drying out leather and other fabrics, as well as the tinting on your windows. Avoid using household cleaners on your auto glass almost all of which contain ammonia or alcohol.
- Choose a good towel. After the cleaner comes the towel. It is important to use the proper towel to avoid leaving streaks or scratches on your window. Choose a glass cleaning microfiber towel, many of which can hold up to 8 times their weight in water, are lint free, and won’t hold onto dirt and other debris like other towels which causes scratches. Also remember to use a separate towel (or separate side of towel) to clean the window and another to buff to make sure you get rid of all the residue.
- Find a good place to clean. Where you choose to clean your auto glass may also make all the difference. Avoid washing your windows in direct sunlight or very hot conditions. If you are cleaning in direct sunlight the glass could dry quicker than you are washing resulting in a streaky appearance. Also make sure you are cleaning in an open area, either outside or with the windows open if you are in a garage, to avoid inhaling dangerous fumes.
- Clean in order. When cleaning your car make sure your glass is the last thing you clean in order to avoid recontamination. To avoid getting spray other places than intended spray the cleaner directly onto your towel rather than the glass. Also don’t forget those tricky places like the top of your windows, try rolling down your windows half way to reach the very top of them. Another area that is often over looked is the wipers, wipe them down with a damp cloth and white vinegar to avoid blurry spots from your wipers.