How to clean car windows remains an endless pursuit for most car owners and professional detailers alike. When I think back at the endless window cleaners I have tried or the endless window cleaning tricks I have heard and tried it blows my mind!
All I want and I am betting all you want is to have clean car windows without the headache you have likely come up against in trying to get streak free, smudge free windows.
Well I have what I consider the winning balance of product, technique, and results!
I have an opinion...and that is that most opinions should be thrown out the window. When it comes to cleaning the windows in your car there is an endless sea of opinions as to the perfect window cleaner, or the best window cleaning method. The good news is that when it comes to streak free and smudge free windows in your car, it is more about the technique and the cloth, than it is about finding "the best" window cleaner.
If you have been following me along for any length of time you will be familiar with the unique approach I take when it comes to traditional auto detailing tips and cosmetic car care as a whole.
I am famous for using what is called "off-label use" of many products. This essentially means I use a product in a way that it was not originally developed for and is not labeled for.
I am about to introduce you to yet another moment of this unique perspective I have used to come up with truly innovative auto detailing tricks.
Obviously I can't really call this my window cleaner as I did not develop this product. But it is my secret window cleaning trick that so far has been the best I have ever tried.
I realize using a quick detailer will go counter to all logic and reason to you!
But trust me on this and follow along as I show you how I am able to produce perfectly clean windows for my ultra-picky customers.
The Q-7 Detailer above is the main "ingredient" to I use to clean car windows. (the video below shows me using this clean car window trick in action)
Because of the unique waterborne technology of this product and the unique manner in which it was formulated, it makes an awesome window cleaner; especially for the very difficult interior car windows where the frustrating haze build-up is so problematic.
Distilled water is the second "product" or window cleaner you will need. While you can use regular tap water, distilled water is the preferred water source due to its purity (distilled water is as pure of water as you are ever going to get)
I am not including a link for the distilled water as you can pick up any brand at your local market.
These basic micro-fiber cloths are the micro-fibers I use for about 80% of my detailing processes. They represent a winning balance between performance and cost.
You will need at least one of the cloths to clean car windows using my unique window cleaning trick.
I take one of these cloths and fold in half two times to create the perfect sized cleaning cloth for the first part of this window cleaning technique.
Clean windows are not just about the window cleaner, but also the "tool". And having the right tool is critical to getting perfectly clean car windows with no streaks and no smudges.
The cloths below (I have given you two choices and both will work for the last step in this car window cleaning process) are my favorite type of micro-fiber cloths I prefer when cleaning the windows in my cars or my customers cars.(these are the type of micro-fiber cloths you will need for the last step of this window cleaning process)
Use these as the last step along with the distilled (or tap water) to clean the window like you normally would if you are using a dedicated window cleaner.
The windows of your car represent two specific sides; the in and the out. While the steps could be identical, the reality is that they represent different sets of problems and thus require specific strategies for truly streak free and smudge free clean car windows.
Outside Window Problems:
Inside Window Problems:
Use the additional tools below based on my professional tips to take your car window cleaning to the next level.
Invisible Glass Reach and Clean Tool
Maxshine Detailing Clay
Inside of Your Car Windows: The interior windows of your car will generally prove to be more difficult to clean than the outside of your car windows. Keep in mind the following points:
Outside of Your Car Windows: For the outside, it is recommended that you use detailing clay to remove any contaminates from your windows that would diminish your end results. Use the Clay Magic detailing clay just as you would on your car paint.
After you have clayed the windows, use the same steps from above.
Tinted Windows: There is this perpetual fear put into all of us regarding tinted windows. And by tinted, I mean the after-market window film that is applied to stock windows that make them darker and protect against UV rays. The good news is that cleaning tinted car windows are actually easier to clean and maintain! Due to the fact that the haze build-up normally found on the inside of car windows is not as visible with tinted windows.
The method I outline here to clean car windows is completely safe for tinted windows.
Window Rubber: Whether we are talking about the inside or outside of your car windows, there will always be some form of weather stripping, sealant, or window rubber gasket material along side any/all the windows that will hold your car windows in place. This will be a case by case problem as each car manufacturer, along with differing materials will be used year to year. What happens is that as you clean your windows, you can rub your window cloth along these rubber window gaskets and then transfer this rubberized materiel onto your car windows as you clean them. Knowing how to clean car windows also means knowing what not to do.
This can both be a problem on the outside of the window as well as the inside. Car manufacturers use not only different materials between manufacturers, but also different materials that are different on the inside than that of the outside. This problem can be compounded during hot summer months as rubberized window gaskets will become softened, and transfer of this material from your window cleaning cloth onto your clean car window can become more problematic.
Window Rubber Gasket Sealants: Another common problem in getting clean car windows is due to the sealants used when assembly of car windows into your car. Both on the inside and out, the sealant underneath the rubberized gasket will begin to seep out as the car ages and is exposed to hotter temperatures. Once your cloth touches this gooey, sticky adhesive/sealant, you will have to switch window cleaning cloths as you will end up streaking your car windows with adhesive; it becomes a nightmare very quickly!
Window/Glass: Like everywhere else in life, not all things are created equal. Just when you think I have complicated the topic of clean car windows enough, now I have to go and add yet another dimension to the equation. Not all glass will be the same. Literally! Some glass will allow your glass cleaning cloth to wipe smoothly across it, while other glass will grab your cloth and make it feel impossible to even wipe the glass at all. I cannot explain this; I just know that you will be faced with "different" kinds of car glass and windows when you try and clean the car windows and it will be a factor that only you will realize once you start to clean the windows of your car.
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