The Challenge of Cleaning the Inside of Your Windshield
Cleaning the inside of your windshield can be a challenging task. Many of us have experienced the frustration of cleaning only to find smudges and streaks left behind. However, with the right technique and tools, you can achieve a spotlessly clean windshield for a safe and enjoyable ride.
The Key Technique: Two Towel System
The secret to clean and streak-free glass, especially on your windshield, is the Two towel system. This involves using one towel to clean and another to dry and buff. Often, the crucial step of drying and buffing with a microfiber cloth gets overlooked, resulting in haziness and streakiness. This can be particularly problematic at night or in specific conditions while driving.
Choosing the Right Cleaner
For cleaning, there are a couple of recommended products. One option is the Spray Away glass cleaner. Alternatively, you can use 70% isopropyl alcohol. A handy tip when using alcohol is to remove its cap and attach a spray nozzle from another bottle, turning it into a convenient sprayer.
Preparing for the Cleaning Process
Before diving into the cleaning, it’s a good idea to place an old bath towel across the dashboard. This not only prevents any liquid from dripping onto the dash but also ensures an easy cleanup afterward.
The Cleaning Process
Start by spraying your chosen cleaner on the windshield. Due to reach limitations, it’s advisable to clean in sections. Begin with the passenger side, using a microfiber towel to wipe in straight up and down motions. Remember to flip the towel occasionally to ensure you’re always using a clean side to remove dirt and grime. For those hard-to-reach areas at the bottom, use your fingers to push down and ensure thorough cleaning.
It’s also essential to consider the temperature and sunlight conditions when cleaning. Ideally, aim for a day that’s not hot and in direct sunlight. This ensures the glass isn’t too hot, which can cause the cleaner to dry instantly, making the cleaning process more challenging. If the conditions aren’t ideal, consider cleaning in the shade or your garage to avoid direct sunlight on the glass.
The Final and Most Crucial Step: Buffing
Once the cleaning is complete, the most critical step follows: buffing the entire windshield with a dry and clean microfiber towel. This step ensures the removal of any remaining streaks or smudges, leaving your windshield spotlessly clean.
If certain spots or smudges require more attention, be sure to give them the extra buff and elbow grease that they need. By buffing your windshield you will ensure a streak-free clean!