Improving windshield visibility usually entails cleaning off bird poop, dead bugs and general grime. But the streaky, filmy gook isn’t always confined to the outside of the car. Where do you think sneeze and cough gunk goes for happy hour?
In addition to human, um, stuff, the inside of the windshield collects things like dust, oils, and/or smoker’s residue. All that grime can impair your ability to see clearly while driving, especially at night.
Before tackling the interior, ChrisFix suggests cleaning the exterior first so it’s easier to spot the problem inside. With just a few steps, he demonstrates how to clean the inside but notes to avoid this process for rear tints.
With a dry microfiber towel, wipe down the entire windshield in a circular motion. Follow up by wiping it in an up and down pattern.
If using a magic eraser, saturate it in warm water then wring it out. Clean the glass in a circular motion. Immediately wipe the windshield dry with a clean microfiber towel. This will degrease the glass.
Make it Shine
Spray glass cleaner onto a clean microfiber towel, and then apply it to the windshield in a circular motion. Wipe it again vertically to clear up any streaks or haze.
If you don’t have a magic eraser handy, rubbing alcohol can be subbed in instead. For step two, pour some onto a clean microfiber towel and then rub it on the glass to degrease it. You will still need to use circular motions to buff on, and vertical strokes to polish it off.
Keep in mind that if you’re a smoker, you’ll constantly need to clean the interior glass. Outgas vapors are also a continual problem, especially when it’s hot