The Best Way to Keep Your Car Windows Clean  | Scott's Fort Collins Auto

The Best Way to Keep Your Car Windows Clean 

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Over time, grease and grime can interfere with your vision while you’re driving. If this is happening to you, it’s time to clean your windows and restore vision. Not only will your vision be improved, but it can also help condensation quickly clear off. Here is how you can achieve the cleanest car windows possible. 

The Importance of Having a Clean Windows 

Dirty car windows present a safety threat when you are on the road. If your car windows aren’t clean, dirt and grime begin to build up which can result in you not being able to see as clearly and efficiently as you need to while driving. While you may not explicitly hear about accidents due to dirty windows, they do happen. 

How Windows Get So Dirty 

It’s explained that when you don’t wash your car regularly, dirt and other debris will begin to build up on the exterior surfaces of each window on your car. While the buildup happens slowly, you might not even notice it until the sun hits the glass just right. When this happens, you could find yourself suddenly unable to clearly see other drivers or pedestrians on the street. 

Your car’s glass can also get dirty from the inside out. Think: kid’s fingerprints, dog noses and tongues, and more can dirty up the inside of your glass in a way that an exterior car wash won’t eliminate. 

Cleaning Your Windows 

To clean your windows, you will need to gather the following supplies: a microfiber washcloth, auto-specific glass cleaner, and a cleaning solution that is made up of 50% distilled water, 50% alcohol, and a capful of white vinegar. From there, here is what you need to do

Cleaning the Exterior Windows

Spray glass cleaner on the windows and rub the cleaning solution in with a microfiber rag. If there is any tough dirt that just won’t come off, applying a little more elbow grease typically does the trick. When cleaning the outside windows, start from wiping the window from top to bottom and then go from left to right. Be certain that the windows are dry before putting away your supplies. 

Cleaning the Interior Windows 

When cleaning the interior windows on your vehicle, do not spray the cleaning solution directly on the windows. Rather, apply the solution to your washcloth and begin cleaning from there. Take the cloth and wipe the window from top to bottom. Next, use another microfiber cloth and isopropyl alcohol to clean and degrease the window. Be sure to use a generous amount of cleaning solution and wipe with an up-and-down motion before going from right-to-left. Dry the window with a clean microfiber cloth.  

You should always clean your windows last once your entire car has been washed and cleaned and do not use clothes that have been used for other cleaning tasks — even if they have been washed — as it can cause further grease and oil buildup on the windows. 

How to Maintain Clean Windows 

Once your windows are clean, the next important aspect is maintaining the cleanliness. Whenever possible, you should try and park in covered areas that protect your car from heat and weather. You should aim to clean your car’s windows every two weeks to keep them clear and easy to see through while you’re driving down the road. 

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If you ever notice an issue with your car, trust our professionals at Scott’s Auto. Serving four communities in Colorado, we’re here for you when you need us. Visit one of our locations today! 


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