Clean Glass Helps You Drive Better
Your car’s windows can accumulate dirt and dust particles, road grime, tree sap, water spots, bugs, and bird droppings. Keeping your windshield and windows clean is essential for safe driving.
While ammonia works well in the home, it can harm many car surfaces, including window tinting, vinyl, rubber, and leather, and can be hazardous to your health. Therefore, using an auto glass cleaner specially formulated to be ammonia-free is recommended.
For best results, use a microfiber towel to obtain a streak-free shine and clean the glass out of direct sunlight, which can evaporate glass cleaners too quickly, leaving a streaky residue. To avoid overspray, consider using auto glass cleaning wipes. Use a circular pattern to spread the cleaner on the glass, then use another part of the towel to wipe dry and leave a streak-free shine. Some experts recommend using balled-up newspapers for drying, as they are lint-free and the ink has a polishing effect.
Keep a package of glass cleaning wipes in your car for touch-ups, such as wiping off tree sap or bird droppings, cleaning fogged-up windows or wiping off sticky handprints.
After cleaning, consider treating the glass with a water-repellent glass treatment.
The hydrophobic additives cause water droplets to run off the windshield while driving. As a final touch, clean the side mirrors, and also the headlights and taillights.
After your glass cleaning routine, remember to use a damp cloth to wipe clean each wiper blade. You may apply protectant on the blade’s plastic parts to help them shine and protect them from UV damage, but avoid getting any on the rubber part, as it can cause streaking.
It is just as important to keep your car windows as clean on the inside as they are on the outside. Film caused by smoke, fingerprints, condensation, and other pollutants can build up on the glass.
When tackling the windshield from the interior, sit on the passenger side to get unobstructed access. For the hard-to-reach curves of the windshield and the rear window, try wrapping the towel around the back of your hand. Be careful not to damage the defrost lines. A small brush, such as a toothbrush, is helpful for reaching corners and trims that have accumulated dust and grease. Lower windows about an inch so you can clean the top part of the glass.
After cleaning the glass, consider using an anti-fog treatment. Anti-fog treatments use hydrophilic polymers or pigments to flatten water droplets into non-scattering water films.
Not Sure Which Glass Cleaner to Use?
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