Get Streak-Free Windows with These Car Detailing Tips
August 7, 2017
It can be frustrating when you cannot get streak-free windows after you’ve done everything you can to clean them. There are a number of reasons why this happens.
One factor could be the things you use to clean your car windows with. Some cleaning products are harmful to certain types of window surfaces, like how ammonia couldn’t be used on tinted windows. Using just any kind of cloth to wipe the glass surface can cause scratches and miss dirty spots that can harden and become very tough to remove. These streaks can also be water spots, soap residue or components from your window cleaning solution that dried up. Most of these marks do not go away on their own unless they are cleaned the proper way.
Keeping your windows and windshield smudge and haze-free is a crucial road safety measure. Even a slightly greasy window can cause problems with visibility at certain angles. It is important to clean streaks right away to prevent dirt build up and avoid potential accidents that they may cause.
Do’s and Don’ts of Window Cleaning
Cleaning car windows may seem simple for most of us but it is actually more complicated than you expect. Here are some things you should keep in mind so your car will have streak-free windows after you wash your car.
Do not clean your car’s windows under direct sunlight
A hot window surface will cause the cleaning solution to dry up even before it is wiped down, causing streaks and smudges. Do your cleaning when it is overcast or shady instead.
Clean the windows after washing your car’s exterior
This will avoid wax, soap, grime and other contaminants from smearing the cleaned windows.
Choose the right window cleaning product
The cleaner should be powerful enough to remove tough marks like nicotine (build up from people smoking inside the car) and bug stains on the windshield but gentle enough not to cause damage to the glass surface. Avoid using ammonia-based cleaning products on tinted windows as ammonia damages the tint film.
Use high-quality low pile microfiber towels
A microfiber’s tight weave scrubs glass stains more efficiently. This type of towel won’t scratch the surface because dirt and debris are attracted to the cloth with an electrostatic charge and not dragged across the glass. It won’t leave particles or lint behind that will make the glass look hazy.
Make sure you use clean towels
Do not wash window towels with towels used to clean your car’s exterior. Chemicals, wax, grime and other contaminants from the car’s exterior that were collected by the towel can be transferred to the window towel. And if not rinsed thoroughly, these contaminants can stick to the glass when the window towel is used. Do not use the same dirty towel you used on one window to clean the next to avoid spreading dirt and other contaminants.
Clean the inside and outside of windows
The inside of your car’s windows needs as much cleaning as the outside. Parts of the car’s interior emit gasses that cause film build-up on the inner side of the window. A different cleaning agent can be used to clean inside like a mixture of rubbing alcohol and distilled water. Spray cleaning agent on the towel and not directly on the window to avoid overspray and contamination of clean areas. Contaminants on the outside of your car’s windows can be removed by using a detailing clay bar.
Mind the motion you use when wiping the glass surfaces
Using consistent horizontal or vertical motion for wiping windows allows you to wipe down the entire area and see if there are any streaks left.
Practice proper maintenance of windshield wipers
Dirty wipers can also cause streaking. Clean the wipers each time you wash your car’s windshield. Wipe them with a damp cloth and apply a wiper treatment to ensure that they hug the glass and won’t create noise.
Treat tinted windows differently
Use cleaning products specially designed for cleaning tinted windows to avoid the tint film from cracking or peeling. PH-neutral and ammonia-free cleaners are recommended because they are gentle on the tint film yet strong enough to remove stubborn dirt. Loosen up debris using a soft, dry cloth. Avoid abrasive cleaning tools that will scratch the tint. Use only water in cleaning the inside of tinted windows, using vertical strokes when wiping. Prevent bubbles from forming under the tint film by wiping in the direction of the film.
When all these steps become too overwhelming, you always have the option of getting the services of detail experts. Schedule an appointment with DetailXPerts now to avail of our exterior detailing service that includes superiorly cleaned, streak-free windows and windshields.