Tips for Cleaning Car Windows Without Streaks



Tips for Cleaning Car Windows Without Streaks

Although not as cringe-worthy as cleaning tires and wheels laden with dirt, cleaning windows can be a tough task. You should remember there are two sides to windows and windshields that need to be cleaned. The cleaning tasks take on a new level of annoyance when streaks after cleaning. Here we have offered some tips to clean car windows without streaks.  

Why Do Streaks Appear After Cleaning Car Windows? 

There is a scientific reason behind the streaks appearing on windows even after careful cleaning. When you clean the car windows under the sun or when the surroundings or climate is hot, the cleaning solution evaporates before you wipe it clean. The drying of the cleaning solution leaves a residue which appears as streaks on windows. However, there are few things you can do to avoid streaks on windows. 

  • Clean the windows out of direct sunlight.

  • Don't park your car in the open under the blazing sun when cleaning windows. Park your car in the shade or your garage.

  • Avoid cleaning car windows when the climate is hot, especially in the afternoon. For best results, clean the windows in the evening or early morning.

You also need to use the right cleaning supplies and follow the right method to clean car windows.

Things You Will Need

  • Glass cleaner solution (auto-specific)

  • White vinegar

  • Isopropyl alcohol

  • Distilled water

  • Soft, lint-free microfiber rags

How to Clean Car Windows from Outside 

The exterior side of the windows faces environmental dust and elements and gets dirtier.  You can spray the glass cleaner solution directly on the windows and then use a microfiber cloth to rub the solution on the surface and get the dirt off. Next, wash the cleaning solution with water. The last step involves wiping the windows dry with a microfiber rag. 

How to Clean Car Windows from Inside 

The cleaning of the windows from inside is not as easy as it seems. This is because there is a thin film pasted on the windows from the inside. If you use cleaner with strong chemicals, it will cause tinting of windows. Hence, you need to follow a different strategy.

  • Don’t spray glass cleaner or any other cleaning solution directly on the windows. You need to prepare a cleaning solution to clean windows from inside.

  • Mix 50% water, 50% alcohol and a capful of white vinegar. Pour these ingredients in a spray bottle and shake the bottle to mix the ingredients well.

Steps to Follow

  • Take a microfiber rag and wipe the windows from top to bottom.

  • Use a microfiber rag and isopropyl to degrease the window. If you stay in a coastal area, you can clean the glass with white vinegar to dissolve sea salt. 

  • Next, spray a generous amount of cleaning solution on the microfiber cloth. Wipe the window with wetter cloth from top to bottom. Wipe the window in a circular motion and make sure you clean every portion of the glass.

  • Wipe the window dry with a clean microfiber rag. Follow this method to clean all windows from inside.

Car window cleaning is not rocket science and it has more related to using your common sense while cleaning. Following the simple windows cleaning tips will give you sparkling clean windows and windshield without streaks.


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