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Let me in you on a not-so-secretive secret.
NOBODY likes to lay their eyes on a car that has dirty specks all over the windshield—nope, not even for 5 seconds.
What’s more, a hazy and grimy windshield is an open invitation for car accidents, and this issue severely intensifies during the nighttime. So, for the umpteenth time, please get this across your mind that you gotta always keep your windshield as clear as possible to avoid any kind of road troubles.
It’s highly suggested to not just skim over the article but rather actually put all the hacks to practice.
Although there’s no rocket science behind cleaning the windshield from the outside, there are sure a couple of handful tips to clean the inside of your windshield, which when followed properly will lead to sparkling cleanliness.
Pre-requisites for Cleaning the Windshield
Here’s the thumb rule which you just can’t ignore. Before cleaning the inner part, make sure that you have cleaned up the outer part of the windshield—clean up all the grime and streaks. I learned it the hard way when I exhausted myself from rubbing the inside part for hours and yet didn’t see significant results.
How to Clean Inside of the Windshield
Things to be Avoided While Cleaning
What Causes the Inside of Windshields to Get Dirty?
Glad you asked. Let’s see from where the bad guys are making their unwanted entries.
The inner side of the windshield gets dirty and streaked mostly due to the following stuff:
1. Dust particles:
Now this one can also happen when you smoke very often. A fine layer of the film forms on the inside of the windshield due to it. So, if you can keep a check on that, for starters, that would be a good move.
Other than that, it occurs when you drive in dusty or humid circumstances. In a polluted area, foreign substances get a greater chance to occupy the windshield, and needless to say, the chances of this happening grow exponentially when the windows are wide open.
2. Our Beloved Pets:
Your cute little dog or cat does more than just being cute by sitting near your dashboard. Scratches and marks have appeared on my dashboard and windshield too (for the record, I am a cat person) from the tips of their nails or claws.
3. Chemical products:
Particularly when the weather is hot and humid, the inner components of the car which are made of plastic, vinyl, etc. start to break down. Therefore, the chemical components get trapped and end up contributing to the oily layer on the inside part of the windshield.
4. Other Reasons:
During the rainy season and winter, repeated coughing or sneezing for a longer period without sufficient circulation can result in the formation of a film of vapor on the windshield.
How many times should I clean the windshield?
What should I do to avoid scratches and streaks on the windshield?
- Towels, sponges, and ammonia-based cleaning products have to be avoided. These will leave permanent scratches and streaks.
- It’s recommended NOT to use an over-the-counter window cleaner for cleaning your windshield. Most of them contain ammonia, so go through the ingredient list before choosing a product.
- Also, avoid spraying the cleaning solution directly to your windshield, spray it onto a microfiber cloth, and rub the windshield with that cloth.