Q: How to Clean the Inside and Outside of Your Car Windows

asked by on November 20, 2015

How to clean the inside and outside of your car windows

To clean the outside of your car windows, you may need a variety of items, depending on how dirty or stained they are.

If the outside of your windows have water spots (calcium deposits), these can be very difficult to remove. If the water spots have been there for a long time, the calcium etches itself into the glass which makes the glass impossible to clean. The only remedy for that is to replace the windows. You can reduce the effect of calcium staining by using a low-speed buffer with a polishing compound to remove as much of the calcium buildup as possible. Use warm water and a lint-free cloth to wipe the windows down after polishing.

The next step would be to use a non-streaking glass cleaner to remove any and all residue from polishing the window. Again, use lint-free cloths and wipe the windows in a circular pattern.

If you want to keep the windows cleaner in the long run, many people have used a good quality car wax on their windows. This provides a protective barrier between the glass and contaminants in the atmosphere. This also prevents more damaging buildup of dirt and debris; at least for a while. The wax layer will eventually wear off. However, you can repeat this procedure as often as you wish without harm to your windows.

For the inside of your car windows, I would recommend a two-step approach. During normal usage, the materials inside your vehicle outgas, or emit vapors, that gather on the inside of your windshield, car windows, and plastic surfaces. This is a normal consequence of the materials that are used in automobile production. Use a light degreaser to cut through the hazy buildup, then use a non-streaking window cleaner and lint-free cloths to remove any remaining residue.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

How do I use the windshield washers?

The windshield washers provide you increased visibility by washing your windshields. To wash the windshields, press in on the end of the Windshield Wiper lever. If you press this button briefly, the washers will run for three swipes of the...

Car won't start, fuel gauge and speedometer malfunctioning

Hello there, the first place I would look, with all of the symptoms you've described, is into the no start condition. The most likely cause of a no start would be a problem with the battery, starter, ignition switch, fuel...

Hi, can i clean the engine with any greaser? Thanks in advance

Hello, thank you for writing in. While we cannot advise you on a certain product to use, there are various products that will work just fine, and you will want to research which one you feel best using. When cleaning...

Related articles

Windshield Laws in Indiana
If If you drive on Indiana roads, you already know that you are required to follow a variety of traffic rules. In addition to the traffic laws, motorists are also required to make sure that their windshields are in compliance...
How to Clean Car Windows Inside and Out
Cleaning your windshield will help you see better while driving. Use glass cleaner on the inside and outside of your windshield for better visibility.
How to Clean Your Car with a Pressure Washer
Cleaning a car with a pressure washer is a good way to keep a car clean. Use the right pressure, nozzle, and car cleaning compounds to get dirt off.