One undeniable fact is that the inside of a car windscreen is not exposed to the same abuse as the outside of the screen is exposed to, since it doesn’t have to deal with dust, haze, rain and other factors.
However, some other factors such as waxy film can come on the inside of the windscreen as a result of the release of gasses trapped in the dashboard, called plasticizers. Ironically, these plasticizers are commonly known for what we call the new car smell, but the byproduct is a yellow film that distorts the visibility through the windshield, especially at night.
The big question is how do you get these things off? Here are a few tips that can help you properly clean the inside of your car windscreen.
Items Required For Proper Cleaning
The items that you require for cleaning the inside of your windscreen are pretty much the same you would use for the outside. Some of the items include microfiber towel, scrub pad and cleaning fluid.
Procedure For Cleaning
The windscreen cleaning should be approached from the passenger side of the vehicle in order to avoid the steering wheel.
Lay down a few dry microfiber towels on your dashboard to soak up glass cleaner if it should drip or spill. The essence of this is to avoid leaving a watermark in the plastic or vinyl of your dashboard.
The next thing to do is to spray three or four squirts of glass cleaner to prime your scrub pad, then add a few more squirts to one quarter of the glass, working from top to bottom. The scrub pad will cut through and lift the yellow plasticizer allowing the microfiber glass towel to easily scoop up the film.
More so, without using the scrub pad, the film can sometimes cause the towel to drag and smear, which pushes the haze around the glass, leaving streaks.
Once you are done with the scrub pad technique, spray a little mist of glass cleaner on the glass towel, and use a cross hatch pattern with medium pressure. Proceed to quickly buff dry with a clean microfiber towel.
If you have some money to spend, you can obtain a Reach & Clean tool designed to get into the corners of the windshield with minimal effort, saving your back from the long reach.
Quick Clean Up Procedure
To do this, spray a foam line across the entire window. Use the tool in up and down strokes for the lower portion of the glass, and side to side motions for the top of the glass, spinning and rotating the tool to get behind and around the mirror and in tight corners.
Whatever method you choose to use, be sure to stand outside afterwards and look through the windshield to find any areas you may have missed. This is because everyone misses a spot, and double checkinh your work doesn’t hurt anyone. Glass cleaning is an essential responsibility for every car and every driver.
Finally, even though it may seem easy, it’s actually quite unforgiving, especially if any smudge, streak, or watermark, can’t be hidden.
As such, it is important to be patient and work slow, remembering that a clean windshield is vital to ensure proper visibility on the road.