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How to clean the inside of your windshield

  • June 17, 2024
  • 4 min read
How to clean the inside of your windshield

A dirty windshield is one of those issues you can’t ignore when it comes to your car’s condition and cleanliness. Whether it’s day or night, a dirty windshield can make it difficult to safely navigate the obstacles we face on a daily basis. Not only is it a safety concern, but it’s also just plain annoying. This guide will walk you through the basics of cleaning the inside of your windshield and give you a good starting point if you’re unsure of the process.

Why Does the Inside of Your Windshield Get Dirty?

You might not be touching the inside of your car’s windshield regularly, but it seems to keep getting dirty. What gives? One of the main reasons is the off-gassing from the “new car smell” and air fresheners that you love so much. These materials release chemicals and odors as they settle in, leaving a residue on your windshield that can appear oily and cloudy. In addition to off-gassing, smoking, dust, pet dander, and road debris can also contribute to clouding the glass, making it difficult to see through.

Even if you don’t drive your car regularly, the off-gassing from interior materials and other dirt inside the vehicle can still cloud the windshield. For example, even a new car with minimal mileage can experience clouding due to inactivity and warmer temperatures causing the interior materials to off-gas. This is why it’s important to regularly clean the interior surface of your windshield to maintain visibility.

Cleaning the Inside of Your Windshield

Before you start cleaning the inside of your windshield, it’s crucial to have the right cleaners and materials on hand to protect your vehicle’s interior. Lint-free or microfiber cloths are the best choice for cleaning glass surfaces, as they won’t leave behind fuzzies or residue like paper towels might. Make sure to use a glass cleaner that is safe for your dashboard and interior finishes, along with rubbing alcohol and distilled white vinegar.

There are a few options for diluting cleaners or mixing chemicals for cleaning your windshield. One option is a 50/50 mix of rubbing alcohol and water with a teaspoon of white vinegar to cut through oily residue. Another option is a 70/15/15 mix of water, glass cleaner, and alcohol. Whichever solution you choose, be sure to place a towel on your dashboard to prevent any drips or chemicals from running onto sensitive materials.

Once you have all your materials in place, begin by wiping the glass down with a clean microfiber cloth. Spray your chosen mixture onto the cloth and clean the glass from side to side using up-and-down movements. Make sure to clear the cleaner with each wipe to prevent streaks. While it may be awkward to reach all areas of the windshield, it’s important to ensure thorough cleaning. After cleaning the entire interior surface, go over the glass once more with a dry microfiber cloth to remove any lint or remaining streaks.

Inside Windshield Cleaning Best Practices

Cleaning your windshield may not be the most challenging DIY job, but it does require some care to get it right. Here are some best practices to follow:

– Clean your windshield last to avoid dirt and debris from other areas of your car dirtying the glass.
– Use a clean cloth to avoid scratches or smearing other cleaning chemicals on your clean windshield.
– Pick cooler times of the day to clean your car’s glass surfaces to prevent the cleaner from drying too quickly.
– If you’re struggling to clean the inside of your windshield effectively, consider seeking professional help. In some cases, pitting and other damage may require a windshield replacement to improve visibility.

For more car-cleaning tips, check out Autoblog Details series of videos for great tips on making your car shine inside and out. Remember, a clean windshield not only improves visibility but also enhances the overall driving experience.

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