How To Clean Car Windows

How To Clean Car Windows

How to Clean your car windows
Keeping your car windows clean isn’t just a sign of pride in ownership, it should be a part of routine maintenance for your safety and the preservation of your car as well. Dirty car windows, especially the front windshield, can be aggravating and cause unnecessary safety risks if it hinders visibility. The following steps explain how to properly clean car windows.


Choosing a Cleaning Solution

Store bought window cleaners are always an option, and if you do choose this route, be sure to purchase one specifically for vehicles. Why? Because household cleaners may damage interior materials or window tint. Another option for many professional window cleaners is to make their own solution. These solutions typically include distilled water, rubbing alcohol, and white vinegar.


In a spray bottle, mix the following ingredients:


  • 2 cups distilled water
  • 4 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • 2 cups rubbing alcohol


Tip: The distilled vinegar and rubbing alcohol helps dissolve ocean water residue, break down grease or stubborn dirt, and can also help keep car windows frost-free during the winter months.


Additional Equipment

In addition to the cleaning solution, you’ll need the following.

  • Multiple (3-5) Lint-free Microfiber Cloths - Microfiber cloths are very absorbent, eco-friendly and do not leave any lint behind as you buff away streaks to ensure pristine clean windows.
  • Toothbrush - Ideal for cleaning crime or dirt wedged in the rubber seals of exterior windows.


Tip: While you can opt for something other than a lint-free cloth, modern newspaper is thin and the ink is water based, which results in a big mess. Cloth or towel rags can leave behind a residue from laundry detergent or oils and are almost never lint-free. Lastly, paper towels are undoubtedly popular when it comes to disposable cleaning materials, but not all paper towels are lint free or very absorbent – also, using these is definitely not great for the environment.


How to Clean Interior Windows

  1. With a microfiber cloth, wipe down glass surfaces to remove dust.
  2. Spray a small amount of the cleaning solution directly onto a clean microfiber cloth and wipe the glass in a circular or “S” motion.
  3. Using a separate cloth, wipe the glass in horizontal or vertical motions until completely dry.


It’s best to avoid spraying the window cleaner directly on the glass, as too much will result in a hazy residue.


How to Clean Exterior Windows

You can clean the exterior car windows using the same techniques that are used to clean the interior. However, stubborn stains may require extra effort.


  1. You’ll get better results if you work in a shady area, versus the direct sunlight. Window cleaning solutions typically dry fast and when applied to a heated windshield will be more prone to streaking.
  2. If there is a lot of buildup along the rubber seals of the windows, using the toothbrush clean those difficult to reach areas as well as the wiper blades, if necessary.
  3. Using a lint-free cloth, brush away loose dirt and debris. Skipping this step may cause scratches to the glass.
  4. Proceed with applying the cleaner directly to a clean microfiber cloth and washing the glass. If windows have residue such as bird droppings or bug remains, this step may need to be repeated.
  5. With a clean cloth, buff away any streaks until the windows are sparkling clean.


When cleaning your car, it’s best to clean the windows last. This will ensure no water spots on the exterior or residue from other cleaning agents on the interior windows. Once the windows are thoroughly cleaned, you may consider applying a water repellant or sealant for long lasting protection against spotting.

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How many cloths do I need to clean interior windows approximately total 18

Debbie McInnis

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