Archive for April, 2019

How to Properly Wash Your Car Windows

If you hire a professional to clean or detail your car, you’ll likely get it back with your windows absolutely sparkling. When you have your windows cleaned in your home, it is a nice way to make your home look better and to allow more light in. When you have them cleaned in your car, it’s also about safety. Clean and clear windows are absolutely essential to keeping your sightlines unobstructed. So, how do you wash your car windows to keep them crystal clear between professional washes?

Save the Windows for Last

 Saving the windows for last when you’re washing your car is important because soaps can run down from the roof of your car and contaminate the windows. Water can splash up and contaminate the windows. There’s just a lot that will get on your windows through the course of washing them.

Also, if it’s a warm day outside, that can cause the water or soap on your windows to evaporate faster than you can dry it. That will leave behind water spots.

 

Move it to the Shade

 The next thing you should do is move your car to the shade if it’s a hot day. Cars are made of metal and glass, two substances that heat up quickly. They can get so warm that any soap or water evaporates too quickly. You’ll then be racing to clean your windows before the washing solution dries up. Moving it to a shady spot is a better option if you can.

Buy the Right Cleaner

 Typical household window cleaners use ammonia as their primary cleaning agent. Ammonia is pretty harsh; it can eat away at any tint on your windows as well as degrading the rubber seals around your windows. You should choose either an automotive glass cleaner or make your own. To make your own, you could use a tiny bit of dishwashing liquid in a bucket of water. That is usually sufficient to clean windows.

Buy the Right Supplies

 You need something to apply the washing solution and something to dry the windows. A microfiber cloth is ideal for cleaning the windows. Dip it in your bucket of cleaner, rub it around, wash off the windows, and then dry them. A squeegee is the ideal drying tool. Clean cotton or a microfiber towel will work as well. A reusable cloth diaper might suffice as well.

Don’t forget to clean your windshield wiper blades; you’ll defeat your purpose if you smear dirty blades on clean windows.

How to Clean Your Windows Most Effectively

 

Washing your windows is no one’s idea of fun; however, many homeowners or business owners make it more difficult than it has to be. When they insist on using paper towels, wadded up newspaper, or some cheap sponge, they’re making the job less effective. Also, all of that rubbing will actually create a static charge on the glass. The charge will attract dust and dirt; it’s self-defeating. Instead, you need to stock up on the proper tools and do it right.

The Tools

 First and foremost, you should think of washing your windows instead of just cleaning them. You can spot clean then with a store-bought spray and a paper towel. That’s how you clean off a spot of dirt. If you need to actually clean the whole window, you need to wash it. That means soap and water. Invest in some microfiber applicators of different sizes. If you have a picture window or a sliding glass window, you should consider a strip applicator. They cover a lot of space. If you have small windows or segmented windows, smaller applicators will be appropriate. Pick something microfiber so that it is soft and absorbent but won’t leave behind lint.

Then, you need to select a squeegee. Select squeegees of multiple sizes or buy multiple and cut them to fit. A squeegee will get your windows clean and dry very effectively. Drying them quickly is an integral part of the cleaning process. Unless you use distilled water, the water itself can leave behind deposits that are generally known as water spots.

 

The Chemicals

 The other element to cleaning your windows effectively is the chemical you use. You should be using something that mixes with water. Some choose to plug the soap and water into a pressure washer that mixes as you spray. Others choose a bucket of soapy water. It’s just important that you pick the right cleaning solution. You need something that will cut grease and dirt without being harsh on your hands or on your window frame.

Many window washers will tell you that a squirt of dishwashing liquid in a bucket of water is very effective. It shouldn’t be so sudsy that they’re overflowing out of the bucket but it should be sudsy enough that you can work up a lather as you wash the window. You can also buy a dedicated window washing solution. They’re generally more concentrated, so you use less of them, and will eventually save you money in the long run.