Ask any professional detailer and they all will tell you that cleaning the front windshield is about the hardest thing for detailers and DIY car enthusiasts to detail.
If the world outside your windshield starts looking a little blurry, you may want to clean the inside of your windshield.
- The first step is to wipe down the glass with a microfiber cleaning cloth. That will remove any grime or dirt that’s on the windshield.
- Next, spray your microfiber cleaning cloth with your preferred brand of glass cleaner and wipe down the inside of the windshield. This should get any remaining substances off the windshield.
- Drivers may not have known is that applying rubbing alcohol cuts the grease that can build up on the glass and ensures great visibility. To do this you will want to wet a clean microfiber cloth with rubbing alcohol and wipe down the inside of the window.
- Another round of glass cleaner or a glass polish applied at the end can help give the window even better transparency.
Can You Used Windex on Car Windows?
Yes, you can use Windex on car windows and to clean the inside of your windshield. While some will advise you to skip the Windex with tinted windows, there’s no evidence that Windex with ammonia causes problems. If your windows have been tinted by a third party, you may want to play it safe and skip it. But, if they were tinted at the factory, you won’t have any problems. If you’re using Windex inside the car, make sure you don’t get the cleaner on any leather upholstery as it can dry it out. If you have any concerns about your cleaning products, feel free to contact us at Wolfchase Honda for recommendations.
More Car Windshield Cleaning Tips
Did you clean inside your car windshield and still have spots? These additional steps can help:
- Make sure to use a microfiber cleaning cloth. They eliminate the small paper fibers you get when cleaning with paper towels.
- They’re also less likely to leave streaks.
- If you are having problems reaching certain parts of your windshield, use a reach-and-clean tool.
- Use a circular motion when wiping with a microfiber cleaning cloth, but then wipe vertically at the end to remove streaks.
- This cleaning process can be used with all interior windows, not just the windshield.
So what causes windshield haze?
Believe it or not, that film on your windshield may not be what you think. While there are several common causes to haze forming on your windshield, both on the inside or outside of the windshield surface, some actually surprised me. Here are a few common reasons:
Offgas from vinyl or plastic
Vinyl and other plastics, when heated can vaporize and eventually settle on the surface of your windshield, causing a smoky film from the inside. I’ve experienced this in my truck, and is a phenomenon I was honestly not aware of until recently.
This is usually more of a problem for new cars, but some say it may be a problem for up to 150k miles.
I began to notice after cleaning the outside of the windshield, there still appeared to be a haze on the inside. This seemed odd to me since I keep the inside pretty clean, and assumed it was overspray from using vinyl cleaners on the dash. When the haze continued to form, I later realized that offgas was the root of the problem.
Other possible causes in addition to a vinyl dash are vinyl seats or seat covers. You’re more likely to start noticing offgas haze during the summer, especially if you park outside in the sun.
Smoking may also be the culprit, and can actually be quite difficult to get off. It’s especially important to remove carcinogens, as they can be more difficult to remove over time.
Engine or heater coolant
It’s not unheard of for a leak in your engine or heater coolant to produce a green or colored haze on your windshield that enters you vehicle usually through the front vents. This is usually characterized by a strong smell and can leave a greenish or colored tint to the inside of your windshield.
The top priority of our detailing team at Exclusive Detailing is to protect, maintain, and prolong the life of your vehicle. The importance of protecting and maintaining your vehicle becomes even more important as vehicle prices increase. If you take care of your vehicle, it will take care of you. Car detailing is crucial in keeping your car’s interior and exterior in tip-top shape. You may think that a car wash and a car detail is one and the same; however, this is a common misconception.
Car detailing goes beyond the typical machine-wash you may purchase at the local gas station or car wash. Car detailing consists of deep-cleaning the car’s interior and exterior, thoroughly, by hand. Yes, by hand! This helps avoid any unnecessary swirl marks that many car washes cause. Not to mention keeping your car taken care of ensures your car holds its resell value over time!
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