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Simple Method for Cleaning Car Windshields and Glass

A dirty windshield can be distracting and disgusting.

Windshields primarily become filthy because of the release of gases from interior plastic. Other windows get dirty from fingerprints and other contact with the glass.

Cleaning car windshields and glass is dreaded by most people, but this process is simple and ensures there are no streaks, swirl marks, or any other types of scratches.

What You’ll Need

For this simple method to clean your car windshield and glass, you will need:

  • Glass cleaner
  • 2 clean microfiber towels (or use both sides of one towel).

You may use any glass cleaner you choose, but I recommend Meguiar’s Perfect Clarity Glass Cleaner. Meguiar’s is one of my favorite brands and I use and trust their products.

The Process

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  1. Begin by spraying the glass cleaner directly onto the windshield or glass, covering the area.
  2. Spraying onto the microfiber towel instead of directly on the glass can cause streaking. Additionally, do not use excessive amounts of the glass cleaner, as this can also cause streaking.
  3. Use your first microfiber towel to wipe the glass cleaner away. A common misconception is that paper towels should be used, but they can leave lint on the glass.
  4. Clean in up-and-down and side-to-side motions to ensure all spots of the glass are cleaned.
  5. Use your second clean microfiber towel to buff any leftover cleaner residue away for the best clarity.

[Related Article: Washing the Undercarriage of A Car: Dummy’s Guide]

Cleaning car windshields and glass is not very fun, but it can be quick and easy if done correctly.

Try out different glass cleaning products if one does not work for you.

This method is intended for use on the inside of the vehicle, but it can also be used on the outside.

I recommend using soap and water to clean the exterior glass, then following up with a glass cleaner for touch-ups.

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