When cleaning your windshield, you need to be very careful about the cleaning solutions and materials that you use. That’s because some cleaning agents and materials can damage the structural integrity of the glass, reducing its life span, or making it more susceptible to cracking. Other agents can cause it to lose its luster and fade, which can reduce visibility when driving. There are also instances where some cleaning appliances have caused unsightly marks and streaks on the glass surface which ruin the aesthetic appeal of the windshield.
To fix these problems, you may be required to hire an auto glass specialist for repairs, or in worst-case scenarios, get a full windshield replacement. That’s why you need to be very careful what you use to clean the inside of your windshield. With that in mind, here are some tried and tested tips to guide you to achieve the best results.
1. Start with Some Light Dusting
While the inside of your windshield may not appear to be dusty, rest assured that tiny dust particles are lurking on the surface that isn’t quite as conspicuous as on the outside. Running your finger across the glass can easily prove this.
The first step is to remove this layer of dirt. This will prevent a grimy mess from forming when you apply the cleaning solution. You can use a handheld vacuum, fine cotton wool, or a soft sponge.
2. Use the Righter Cleaner and Apply as Needed
You can either purchase a commercial cleaner or go the DIY route and make one yourself. Store-bought cleaners are highly preferred over homemade cleaners though because they come with detailed instructions and they have been proven to work safely on specific windshields.
When applying the cleaner make sure you follow the instructions as laid out. Don’t hold back. One of the mistakes a lot of people make is using less than the prescribed amount in a bid to save costs. This will only net you sub-optimal results.
Apply the cleaner liberally. Afterward, rinse the windshield with clean water.
3. Dry the Windshield
Using a microfiber cleaning towel dry the inside of the windshield by rubbing the towel in circular motions. Make sure you reach all the corners. It’s important that you don’t skip this step as not drying the windshield can cause unsightly streaks to develop.
Additionally, when drying the surface, do not use old newspapers or paper towels as these will leave bits of paper and ugly marks on the glass. When finished inspect the windshield from different angles to catch any spots you may have missed or any areas that might need a touch-up.
4. Wax and Polish
This step is optional. Add a bit of shine by applying some wax to the inside of your windshield. The wax acts as an extra protective layer against dust, water, and UV rays thus supporting the longevity of the windshield. You can also apply a specially formulated windshield protectant after drying for extra protection and to enhance visibility.