Cleaning your car windows is more important than you might think. Not only will it make your car look nicer, but it can also increase visibility and interior light. While cleaning widows might sound simple, we’ve put together a post on some tips and tricks for really making your windows shine.
According to Angie’s List, you should always do the windows last when washing your car. This will help you to avoid getting wax or hard water on the windows, which can create unsightly streaks. It’s also important to find a cool, shady spot so your window cleaner doesn’t evaporate faster than normal. This can leave chemicals and other residue behind.
You should also use a microfiber towel to avoid scratching the windows. These lint-free towels often come in large packs at any auto parts store for $10. If they get dirty, feel free to switch them out.
Next comes the most important part: the solution. Below is a list of concoctions that might work for you, besides store-bought cleaner:
- 1-part rubbing alcohol, 1-part distilled water, a capful of vinegar
- 4-parts water, 1-part window cleaner, 1-part rubbing alcohol
- 1-part water, 1-part vinegar
If you do choose a store-bought cleaner, get one that is ammonia free. Ammonia can damage paint and vinyl over long periods of time, causing serious problems to your exterior.
When cleaning, you should use different motions on the outside than the inside (horizontal on exterior, vertical on interior). This will help you see streaks better—an old trick used by car details. Also, try misting window cleaner to avoid using too much, and finish the process by wiping the glass with clean newspaper to get rid of unwanted glare.