There is nothing worse than spending a Sunday afternoon cleaning your car only to later discover a big streak in the front windshield as you go cruising down the road! Most people are quick to blame the cleaner they used, but in my experience streaking usually boils down to the cleaning process, and not so much the product.
The biggest mistake people make when cleaning windows is only using one towel to clean all the windows on the car. What they don’t realize is that after each consecutive window they clean, the towel not only becomes saturated with cleaner, but it also gets caked with all the dirt and grime you’ve picked up along the way. So basically, after a few windows you are just smearing around all that crud, which is what usually causes the streaking. Incidentally, if your towel is saturated you will never really able to dry the glass either…have you ever tried to dry a car with a wet towel before?
The solution to steak-free windows is what I call the “two towel method.” The key to this method is to always have a second clean, dry towel to follow the first. On most cars I will actually use a total of 4 towels, 2 for the driver side and 2 for the passenger side. It is also best to use lint-free towels like the DI Micro Fiber Glass Polishing towels.
First, spray the window with a cleaner like Stoner’s Invisible Glass, using enough product to lightly cover the glass. You don’t want to overuse the cleaner, but you want enough so that it can effectively loosen all the dirt and grime. Next you want to take your main cleaning towel and quickly wipe the window starting with the outer edges and working your way in. Just before the cleaner starts to evaporate you want to take your second towel and quickly wipe over the window until it’s completely dry and streak free and you’re done!
-For hard to reach areas a tool like the Easy Reach Mini Mop are a must have.
-Don’t forget to clean the top edge of the door windows as this is commonly missed area. I always roll the windows down about an inch and clean this area first.
Hope this helps,
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