What is the best way to clean a greasy film on the inside of the windshield?
I have used Windex sprayed directly on windshield, damp cloth sprinkled lightly with baking soda and Invisible Windows all to no avail. Even thought the windshield appears clean, it fogs up quickly.
Thanks in advance for help.
Try Glass Plus if you can find it in your supermarket. Even so, I find that sometimes doesn't totally do the job, so I follow it with isopropyl alcohol - the kind you get at pharmacies.
You have a fairly new car, right?
That's the vinyl outgassing onto the glass. No cure except to wait anfd to clean as needed.
Spray the Windex on a clean washcloth, not directly on the glass. Glass must be cool (out of sunlight).
Apply Windex copiously to the terrycloth washcloth, almost to the point that it drips. Scrub driver's side of glass. Scrub well in swirl pattern. With fresh terrycloth towel, wipe off Windex. Do passenger side of glass. Repeat with fresh towels.
Do not use paper towels; they will streak and smear. Do not use fabric softeners on the terrycloth towels; this will streak as well.
Keep Windex and other chemicals away from the dashboard. These substances will damage the vinyl.
Billy Boy wrote:
Sorry to hijack your thread but you reminded me of of a window cleaning question I have.
I have found no matter what solution I use to clean the inside windshield it never removes the streak marks unless newspaper is used also. It's annoying when you think you've cleaned the glass but when the humidity sets in overnight the windshield is all streaky again. Anyone else notice the difference newspaper makes when cleaning auto windows?
Agreed, nothing beats newspaper for cleaning, and it's easier than remembering NOT to use fabric softener on cloths. It might leave some newsprint on your hands to wash off later but the windows will be CLEAN. It's also cheap.
On Mon, 16 Mar 2009 09:03:46 -0700 (PDT), email@example.com wrote:
The newer soy-based inks seems to leave a film on my windows. I don't know what it is buy it appeared just after newspaper presses made the switch to 'green' ink.
Yup, newspaper is the way to go. I don't know what is special about it, but both liberal and conservative newspapers work!
Armorall and similar vinyl protectants used on the interior will cause more rapid buildup of a greasy film on the interior. If you have applied the stuff, use a cleaner like Simple Green or Fantastik to wipe it all off. The best way to keep the interior or the windows clean is to not apply anything to the interior, but if you want a shiny appearance, try spray furniture wax like Lemon Pledge.
When you clean the windows, try a window cleaner like Windex and newspaper instead of rags or paper towels. I don't know what is special about newspaper, but it seems to do a better job and doesn't leave streaks. If the Windex and newspaper doesn't work, try the isopropyl alcohol as JoeSpareBedroom suggested.
Billy Boy wrote: Hello,
There's spray-on, no-wipe window cleaner sold in pressurized aerosol cans used by auto detailers (go to a luxury car dealer while the cars are being cleaned in the morning and ask) and show car owners.
Also try a squeegee instead of a cloth, and double-rinsed cloth can be a lot cleaner.