Tips For Cleaning Your Windshield

The problem with a dirty windshield is that it sort of creeps up on you. At first, you notice your windshield getting a little hazy. Later, you see a dirty spot here or a smudge there. Finally, one day the sun hits your windshield just right, and you realize it is time to clean your windshield. Most vehicle owners get into the habit of waiting to wash the entire car before cleaning the windshield, but for safety reasons, a windshield should be cleaned every couple of weeks, inside and out. Here are a few tips for keeping your windshield clean.

Let's start with the basic supplies...

First and foremost, use a cleaner especially made for auto glass. Glass cleaners with ammonia can ruin windshields, especially ones that are tinted. Ammonia fumes are toxic and can cause the materials in your car like rubber, leather, and vinyl to dry out and crack. Use microfiber towels, paper towels, or newspaper, and make sure your towels don't have anything stuck to them because they might permanently scratch your windshield.

Location matters...

Clean your windshield in a shaded area. Direct sunlight will cause your cleaner to evaporate too quickly.

Roll up your sleeves...

Start by carefully removing bird droppings, oily spots, and dead bugs with a mesh sponge. Spray glass cleaner directly on your towel to avoid overspray damage of surrounding areas. Use more than one towel to avoid dirty streaks, then buff dry with a clean microfiber towel for a clear, pristine finish.

Other considerations...

  • Clean your wiper blades to allow for a better connection with the glass and prevent streaking and smearing. Replace dry, cracked, or torn wipers.
  • Check your washer fluid levels periodically.
  • Air vents can bring in dust, pollen, mold spores, and other environmental debris that settle on your windshield's interior side. Change your cabin air filter every year or 15,000 miles.
  • Set up reminders on your phone to clean your windshield before it looks dirty, so you always have an unimpeded view for safer driving.