Auto owners often spend an extended period of time making sure the body of their vehicle is in the best shape and has a polished shine that they can be proud of. While the body of a car can make drivers feel more confident if clean, making sure the windows are spotless can provide clearer vision and safer conditions on the road.
Next to clean and clear paint, streakless glass on a vehicle can make a difference. With the windows on a vehicle being so important to visibility, auto experts recommended a few tips to keep the glass clean.
Many glass cleaners contain ammonia, which cuts through grease easier than the typical soap and water cleaning that many auto owners perform on their car. According to the auto experts, ammonia has its disadvantages, including releasing dangerous fumes that shouldn't be inhaled in an enclosed area, drying out plastic, rubber, vinyl and leather, and it can't be be used on tinted windows.
Although some people prefer to use plain water to clean their windows in order to play it safe, water isn't enough of a solvent to cut the protein base of spots that are hard to remove, such as bug remains.
Experts recommend using a glass-cleaning microfiber towel, which will provide the scrubbing power to remove contamination. The towel can be dampened lightly to clean the windows, and the other side of the towel can be used to dry and buff the glass.
The following tips were given for auto owners who are looking to keep their car's glass in the best shape and have the best visibility on the roads.
Tips for keeping windows spotless
Avoid cleaning a car after wiping off the glass. The glass could be re-contaminated during the detailing process. Working in shade can also dramatically affect the vehicle's appearance. The sun can cause the glass cleaner to evaporate too quickly and leave residue, making the car's appearance less clean.
Motorists should spend extra time on their windshields because it's the window that's looked through the most while driving. Window cleaner should be lightly sprayed onto a towel and the car owners should wipe up and down and then side to side using long strokes. The towel should then be flipped to the dry side to remove any remaining moisture from the windshield, which should be repeated on the back window.
Windows should be rolled down about halfway so the edges of the glass can be cleaned. When cleaning the back window, motorists might find it helpful to use the back of their hand to hold the towel against the lower edge of the glass, allowing the cleaner to reach the bottom of the glass with greater ease.
Water spot eliminators can also be helpful. When it rains, water will remain on the paint, including all the minerals contained in the water. The best way to avoid damage to a vehicle as a result of water spots is to dry it off every time it gets wet or at least every time it's washed.
Keeping the wiper blades in the best shape could also have a significant effect on a vehicle's windshield being as clear as possible. The rubber strip on wipers can dry out when they're needed most, such as in a rainstorm, which could cause serious visibility problems.