How To Clean Car Windows Without Streaks | A-Chem
Having clean windows is essential for clear vision whilst driving and will also improve the appearance of your car. Using screen wash whilst driving will remove some of the dirt, but you should thoroughly clean your windows at least once per month. However, achieving sparkling windows without streaks requires patience and the right equipment.
We have put together our 10 top tips for streak-free car windows.
1. Clean your windows last
To avoid ruining all of your hard work, you should leave your windows until last when cleaning your car. If not, your clean windows will be contaminated by soap suds and other potential products used during other parts of the car detail, meaning you’ll have to start from scratch.
2. Move your car into the shade
Another common mistake we see is working on the glass in direct sun. You must care for glass when it is cool and in the shade, otherwise, you greatly increase the chances of leaving behind some streaking.
3. Clean and buff with a microfibre towel
Microfibre towels are perfect for cleaning your windows, as they do not leave fluff behind, prevent swirl marks and can quickly absorb your product. You can use a waffle style microfibre cloth to remove stubborn marks, before switching to a short pile microfibre cloth to buff away any streaks. Alternatively for general glass cleaning, simply; spray the glass cleaner onto the surface, remove with the microfibre cloth, and then flip it to the clean side to buff to a streak-free finish.
4. Spray on your towel first – when using on tight interior areas
When cleaning difficult to reach areas on the interior of your car, you should always spray your glass cleaner onto your towel first. This way, you will avoid wasting your product, and also prevents any product running down into areas which can’t be wiped.
5. Do not clean in circles
Cleaning in circles can leave large streak marks across your windows. Instead, you should clean in several directions. Start by wiping up and down and then from side to side, in order to avoid streaking.
6. Roll down your windows
When cleaning your car windows, you should always roll them down first to ensure you’re not missing the top, then finish cleaning the bottom part of the window once raised again. Skipping this step will leave you with unsightly lines when the window is rolled down.
7. Use a specialist car glass cleaner
When cleaning your car windows, be sure to use a specialist cleaner. Household products could damage any coating on the glass, such as window tints or glass sealants, as they contain ammonia.
8. Heavily contaminated glass
For heavily contaminated windows, a degreaser such as A10-1 General Purpose Cleaner can be used to remove built-up dirt and grime. If there is still stubborn dirt, a dedicated glass polish can be used prior to give a deeper clean.
9. Clean your window wipers
Be sure to clean your window wipers regularly, otherwise, you risk ruining your hard work by smearing dirt across them. Spray the glass cleaner onto a cloth, and wipe up and down the wiper blades multiple times, once clean, wipe dry to remove any residue.
10. Fill your screen wash
Once you’ve finished cleaning your windows, check that your screenwash fluid tank is filled. This will ensure that you can keep your windows clean on the go. Our expertly designed screenwash will remove insects and grime from your windshield and can be used in all weather.
If you have any further questions about our glass cleaning product range, get in touch with our team.