Best Way to Clean Windshields

By Phillip Thompson

Those weird tricks like soda and shaving cream probably don’t work And one thing you should definitely stay away from are ammonia-based products. This means most household glass cleaners. Ammonia, including its fumes, can cause damage to plastic, rubber, vinyl and leather. It can also damage the tint on your auto glass. So what is the best way to clean a windshield?

Quality Cleaners

Your best bet for a clean windshield is to stick with auto glass cleaners and a good microfiber towel. When you’re cleaning the glass, interior or exterior, be sure to use one side of the towel for the actual cleaning and the other side to buff out the glass to clear it of any residue.

Leave the Glass for Last

If you’re washing, waxing or detailing your entire car, save the glass for last. This will prevent the glass from catching any residue caused by cleaning the car. Also, do the work out of direct sunlight, if possible. Direct sunlight causes cleaners to evaporate quickly, and this can leave streaks or marks. Pay close attention to the edges of the glass, especially the top edge, and those hard-to-reach places. If you can’t get your hand and cleaning cloth into those areas, check out your local auto parts store for a hand tool specifically designed for glass cleaning.

Not Just the Windshield

Also, don’t forget about the wipers. Part of keeping a clean windshield is doing the proper maintenance of them, so as to keep the rubber from drying out or cracking. You can use glass cleaner for this purpose as well to clean the blade. And be sure to check them often to make sure they work properly and hug the glass. If they seem dried out or otherwise worn, replace them as soon as you are able.

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