How to Safely Clean Your Car Windows
It’s springtime, and there’s nothing like a beautiful spring day to make folks want to get their cars looking fresh, clean, and road-ready. But clean windows are more than just a pretty face on your vehicle. They’re also essential to keeping you and your ride safe while you’re making your way around town on your monthly commute.
At Zenith Auto Glass in Duluth, MN, we specialize in convenient, friendly auto glass installation throughout Duluth/Superior and the entire Northland. In this post, we’re sharing tips to keep your car window replacement glass sparkling clean for a safer, more pleasant drive. Check out this guide and call us for all of your Duluth auto glass replacement needs!
Cleaning Your Windows
When you need your windows cleaned in a hurry, there are a few options on the table. The trouble with DIY methods is that not all cleaners are created equal, and using the wrong one can even damage your windshield. Add to that the challenge of cleaning the irregular shapes of car windows and getting it right on your own can seem downright algebraic.
You can drive through the automatic car wash for a quick clean without stepping out of your vehicle. Or you can always use the free squeegee next time you stop at a convenience store to fill up on gas. But while all these quick-fix solutions are meant to get rid of the worst dirt, bugs, and debris, you can still expect to have streaked, spotty windows after you’re done.
On the other side of the coin, there’s nothing quite like getting your vehicle professionally detailed to leave your windows and interior looking absolutely pristine. But if you want sparkling fresh windows without having to shell out for a professional detailing, all it takes is a little elbow grease and a lot of know-how.
Avoiding Hazy and Streaked Windows
The answer to preventing streaked windows is to park in the shade. The key to avoiding hazy or streaked windows starts with understanding what causes them. Anytime you’re cleaning your windows in the sunlight, no matter how cool it is outside, solar heat can cause the solution to evaporate faster than you can wipe your windows down. Although most of the solution is gone, a light residue is left behind.
Finding the Right Cleaner
One of the most common mistakes car owners make is assuming that their windows can handle any type of chemical or cleaning agent. The wrong cleaners can actually damage your window tint or cause the rubber seals around your windows to crack. Worse, it can lead to etching in the surface of the glass. For this reason, auto glass repair experts recommend avoiding ammonia-based window cleaners. Instead, choose a specialized glass cleaner that’s formulated especially for automotive glass.
In addition to automotive glass cleaner, gather the following supplies:
● Bucket if using concentrated cleaner
● Distilled water
● Microfiber or clean, lint-free cotton cloths
● Windshield wiper treatment
Cleaning Your Windows
After gathering your supplies, it’s time to get to work. If you’re planning to wash your car at the same time, you should always save your windows for last as this prevents smudges on your window from cleaning the rest of your car.
If you’re mixing concentrated cleaner, mix it thoroughly in your bucket with distilled water. Apply your cleaner to front and rear windshields first using a sponge. It is a common misconception that windows should be wiped in circles. Instead, thoroughly wipe up and down first, then switch from left to right, all while moving in a top-down pattern. This ensures you don’t miss any details and helps to prevent smudging. Run your cloth along the outside edges and corners so you don’t miss anything.
Additionally, you should clean the exterior first before cleaning the interior windshield. When cleaning your side windows, don’t forget to roll them down a bit. These windows can become especially dirty where the window is hidden beneath the rubber seal. To remove the line that can occur behind these seals, you may wish to use extra cleaner on this area.
Removing Bug Splatter
Biological residue from birds and insects can be extremely difficult to remove. Unfortunately, the longer you leave them on your vehicle, the harder they can become. Auto glass repair technicians recommend never leaving bug splatter on your vehicle for long for this reason.
To remove tricky bug splatter spots, apply auto glass cleaner to a cleaning towel and lay it across the area of concern to let the cleaner soak in thoroughly. After waiting for several minutes, attempt to wipe the splatter away with a microfiber towel. For tricky spots, some car glass repair pros recommend using a small amount of baking soda with the same method. Many auto stores also sell special cleaning agents designed for insect splatter removal.
After cleaning your windshields and side windows, use your cleaner to wipe your mirrors. Next, use your cleaner to remove any built-up dirt from your windshield wipers and then clean and dry the wipers with your cloth.
While cleaning your windows, be sure to examine your automotive glass for signs of small chips and cracks. Although they may seem minor, even the smallest chips can worsen over time. By scheduling windshield chip repair now, you may save yourself the trouble and expense of windshield replacement down the road.
If you do identify any cracks or chips while cleaning your windows, our team at Zenith Auto Glass can fix them fast with minimal disruption to your day. To schedule your convenient windshield chip repair, give us a call at 218-275-5555 or contact us online today!