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How to clean car windows

Get those car windows sparkling clean in time for your next trip. With our handy guide, you'll be on the road in no time!


By Cleanipedia Team

how to clean car windows

Key steps 

  • Clean car windows after cleaning the rest of your car.
  • Work on cool glass for the best results.
  • Choose your cleaner.
  • Use a soft microfibre cloth.
  • Wind down the windows and wipe the top of the glass first.
  • Clean the exterior in circular motions, followed by an up-and-down motion.
  • Use the same method for the interior. 

Clean car windows are important for road safety, and they make being in the car a lot more pleasant. Cleaning these windows is also an essential step in the car washing process, so read on for our complete guide to cleaning car windows; inside and out.

Use homemade cleaner made of equal parts water and white vinegar with newspaper for a good, clean, streak-free finish when cleaning your car windows.

How to clean car windows: a step-by-step guide

Once you have followed our guide to how to clean a car, use the steps below for the best way to clean car windows to get them polished and streak-free.

1.    Always save your windows for last. If you are giving your car a full clean, your windows should be the final step. This will ensure you remove any drips, marks, and streaks that could be left behind on your windows by car cleaning products.

2.    Work in a shaded area. For the best results, the glass of your car windows should be cleaned when they are cool. You could clean your car in the cooler mornings or park up in a shady area or your garage.

3.    Choose your cleaner. Whether you go for a purpose-designed glass cleaner or make your own, you need to choose what you’re going to work with. To make your own homemade cleaner, mix equal parts water and white vinegar in a spray bottle. You can add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to make it smell better, too!

4.    Start with the front and back. Follow our comprehensive guide to how to clean a car windscreen to clean the front and back windows first.

5.    When cleaning side windows, start at the top. You don’t want to miss the top of the glass. Roll down your windows slightly and use a soft, clean, microfibre cloth dampened in your cleaning mixture to wipe over the top edge.

6.    Use a clean cloth to remove excess dirt and dust. This applies to the interior and exterior. Water spots, bugs, and other external elements may need removing from the exterior of the glass whilst mist, greasy fingerprints (if you have children, this is especially pertinent!), and more need to be wiped away.

7.    Clean the outside next. Once you’ve cleaned the top, roll the window back up and spray the outside of the glass with your chosen cleaner. Using a soft, clean, microfibre cloth, gently buff the glass until clean. Start with circular motions before moving on to an up-and-down motion to remove final marks and streaks. This method is also the best way to clean inside car windows.

8.    Finally, clean the inside. Using the same method as step 7, clean down the inside of the window glass using your chosen cleaner and a soft, clean, microfibre cloth.

These are the eight main steps to learning how to clean inside car windows and outside, too. This will help ensure your car not only looks good but is also safe to drive. Time to hit the road!

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