A clean car is paramount to a comfy driving experience. Cleaning car seats is a good start, but the windows are of the utmost importance—your safety is at play here, too. We’ve got some tips and tricks to help you clean your car windows easily. Get the kids involved and make it an afternoon activity!
The bane of every driver’s life: Dirty car windows. In addition to dust and dead insects, tree sap, leaf residue and bird droppings make for dirty car windows. The result is often a greasy film that even the windshield wipers can't do anything about. Driving with a dirty windshield is not only annoying, but can also be dangerous. With our tips, the windows of your car will be sparkling clean—as if cleaned by a professional.
- Unfold windshield wipers
The first step is to unfold the wipers and clean them thoroughly. This is important; otherwise you will get a surprise the first time you use them—one that undoes all your hard work! It is best to use a damp cloth for cleaning them.
Before you start with the deep cleaning, it is recommended to rinse the windows with clear water to remove coarser dirt particles like dust and mud. This will prevent scratches from appearing on the glass.
- Soak stubborn dirt
The easiest way to remove stubborn dirt is to put some damp newspaper or a wet cloth on the dirt when cleaning the car windows. Let it soak in for a few minutes and then simply wipe the dirt away.
- Sponges and dishwashing liquid
Household dishwashing liquid works wonderfully for cleaning car windows—and the rest of the car, too. The trick is to use warm or hot water. A few drops of dishwashing liquid are all that’s needed for a perfect glass cleaner (be careful—too generous a dose will result in streaks). Apply this to a soft sponge and tackle the dirt by cleaning in circular motions.
- The final touch
After you have wiped off cleaning agents from your clean car windows using a damp cloth, it is best to use a soft microfiber cloth to dry them.
As with any window cleaning, you might end up with streaks on your car windows after cleaning. There are a few tips and tricks you can use to prevent annoying residue from forming on your car windows, though:
- Get out of the sun
Planning to clean your car windows? Then you'd better get out of the sun. Water and cleaning agents dry quickly in direct sunlight, leaving streaks.
- Newspaper for drying
The old secret tip for perfectly streak-free windows also works for car windows: Newspaper is ideal for drying after cleaning!
It's better not to use rubbing alcohol for cleaning car windows—otherwise streaks are pretty much guaranteed!