To clean car windows, use the appropriate cleaner and towels, park the vehicle in the shade, begin with the windshield, and work from the outside to the center. Keep window-cleaning towels separate from other car-detailing rags, and do not add fabric softener when washing them.
- Use the appropriate cleaning supplies
Household window cleaners contain ammonia, detergents and alcohol, causing them to leave streaks. Some of these cleaners are not safe to use on tinted windows. A mixture of water and vinegar minimizes streaks and does not damage window tints. Towels should be lint-free and absorbent. Microfiber window-cleaning towels are a good choice.
- Park in the shade
If you park in the sun, the glass gets too hot for effective cleaning. The window cleaner evaporates before you have a chance to wipe away the grime and polish the window.
- Begin with the windshield
Wash the windshield first, followed by the rear window. Finish with the side windows.
- Wash from the outside to the center
Apply the cleaning solution to the glass, not the towel. Beginning at the outside edge, work in an up-and-down motion across the windshield. Get a new towel when the glass is about half dry. Complete the drying process, and then buff the glass so it shines.