When your windshield is dirty on the inside it makes it harder to drive at night, it's also very distracting. Here is how to get rid of the streaks and make it crystal clear!
The inside of your windshield is a real pain to clean for a few reasons.
One, it's really hard to get in here between the dash and the glass!
On the glass you can get an oily film which leaves streaks and is really hard to get off. To understand how to clean the oily film off, you have to understand where it comes from first. An oily film primarily comes from the off-gassing from the plastics in your interior. Most dashboards are made of vinyl or plastic or a combination of the two. Vinyl and plastic all have oils in them, and when they get very hot, such as when the sun's beating down on the dash, those oils come to the surface and evaporate and then they'll stick right onto the glass, and that's how you get that oily film.
Another cause of that oily film is using a greasy protectant on your dash. And finally smoking it is not online really bad for you, but it's also bad for the interior of your car. All that smoke has to go somewhere, so it goes all over the interior glass and just makes a mess of your glass, and makes it even more difficult to clean.
So, now that you know how the interior glass gets so dirty, here is how to clean it up, get it streak free, and crystal clear! And it's really easy to do! There are 4 main steps:
- Before cleaning the inside of your windshield, make sure you clean the outside glass so you can easily see the dirt and streaks that are on the inside.
- Then use a clean, dry microfiber towel and clean the whole interior glass.
- Then use alcohol (Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol)or one of the Mr. Clean Erasers to degrease and clean the glass. This is what's going to get that oily film off. Although you might want to clean the glass from the driver's side, you have a big steering wheel there. So, give yourselves more room and go to the passenger side.
- Final step, use your favorite glass cleaner and another microfiber towel and wipe down the glass one more time. After this, BOOM! It’ll be crystal clear.
This process works on any glass, including the side glass and the rear glass. If you have rear tints, don’t use this method on rear tints. All you need to do is use some soapy water and a microfiber towel.
When cleaning the glass, you want to go in circular motions. Which attacks the dirt at all angles. Then, flip the towel over to a side that hasn't been used yet, and go in an up-and-down motion to finish the first step.
Also, as you clean, try not to let the towel touch the dash. Keep it nice and folded, and controlled, so that you don't get any of this grease that's on the dash on your towel. If you do, for some reason, get this towel on the dash, this towel is done, go throw it in the wash bucket, and grab a new towel and finish whatever step you were on.
If you don't have microfiber towels, you can use regular paper towels, they just don't work as well.
Whilst cleaning, if you get any drops of liquid on the dashboard, get a paper towel real quickly and wipe the dashboard off, because you don't want the liquid to stain or even damage the dashboard if it sits on there. It is a cleaner and you don't want it to discolor it.
When using your glass cleaner spray it directly onto a clean towel. Don't just spray it right onto the glass, when you spray it onto the glass, you will get drops the little spots are going to create discoloration.
Our top tip for this article is to never use any type of shine or protectant that is greasy and that leaves a residue. You want to try to find a protectant that says: It leaves no greasy or oily residue. View Protectants here.