Keeping your windscreen clean and smear free
The best way to clean a car’s windows
Cleaning windows is something that we all think we can do, but particularly when it comes to car windows, it’s important that you have the right products to avoid smears and marks being left on your glass – both of which could potentially limit visibility. Particularly with the darker nights drawing in, it’s more crucial than ever to have perfect clarity in your glass, as a low sun and a smeared windscreen is not a good combination. We’ve all been there when the early morning sun is glaring at your windscreen and all you can see are smear marks from the last time you haphazardly tried to de-mist your screen with the back of your hand. It’s not pleasant and can be dangerous as well, but it doesn’t have to stay that way.
By following these top tips you can have your glass looking perfect in no time.
Washing exterior glass first
If you’re dealing with exterior glass first, it’s a good idea to wash your car to help rid the surface of any dirt and built up grime. Once all glass is dried, we recommend using two cloths – ideally dedicated towels just for glass cleaning. Cleaning glass in damp or sunny conditions is a big no-no, too, because the liquid can often evaporate before you even have time to start cleaning the glass.
Choosing the right product
Choose your glass cleaner carefully, and don’t use a household cleaner that’s been lying around in your cupboard for years. Car and household glass are made differently and don’t necessary work with the same products, so it’s best to buy a specialist glass cleaner for vehicles.
Using a specialist cloth
Cloth choice is also important, and a general cloth might not work as well, so it is definitely worth using a dedicated glass cloth instead. These cloths tend to have shorter piles, and make it easier to clean than if you were using a thick towel.
Two cloths is best
Spray the glass cleaner onto the windows and use one cloth to wipe the product around the glass, always work in straight lines, whether that being up and down, or side to side. Don’t work in circles, as this is when smears are more likely to occur.
Keep the second cloth dry
Next take the second cloth, which will remain the dry towel, and wipe off any residue left. Again, don’t do this with circular motions.
Check the car in the sun to ensure the glass is clear. Once you’ve done this, it’s a good idea to pull the car into sunlight to check that you’re cleaned the glass properly. This is what’s imaginatively known as a ‘sun check’ in car valeting circles. If there’s any areas you’ve missed, or perhaps look a bit smeary, repeat the process again.
Think about protecting your exterior glass
For exterior glass, if you want to try and make it easier to clean next time, glass sealants can be used. These products can also improve visibility when driving in the rain, as their hydrophobic features allows the water to bead off the windows at higher speeds, and reduces the need to use your vehicle’s wipers.