With a bucket of soapy water and a kitchen rag, you might not be thinking too much when you set out to wash your car, and certainly you might not notice any difference were to use much more expensive products to clean your vehicle. However, there is indeed a difference in using the correct products, and you will be surprised to know how this all relates to the windows of your vehicle.
Before delving into the specifics of cleaning windows, you should understand and know that the different glass windows of your vehicle are made of different varieties of glass. The windshield, or the front glass of your car, is made out of laminated glass (sometimes, especially in the newer vehicle models, the rear windshield is also made out of laminated glass); on the other hand, the other windows are built from what is known as tempered or safety glass (which is strengthened variety of glass that shatters into rounded shards).
Laminated glass consists of two glass layers separated by a plastic known as PVB (polyvinyl butyral), which prevents the glass from shattering into a million shards upon impact, and instead limits the damage to what are called ‘spider web cracks’. This is why a car window replacement Perth is cheaper than replacing your windshield. When it comes to cleaning car windows, there are many different dedicated glass cleaning sprays specified for automotive use. These are free of ammonia, which can not only be a health hazard when used in cramped spaces (that is, the interior of the car), but which also can damage the vinyl and tint of windows (and thereby hasten a car windscreen replacement Perth). Therefore, it is a good idea to avoid general purpose glass cleaning agents to clean the windows of your car – unless, of course, the instructions claim it safe (and there is no ammonia in its ingredients).
Besides the cleaning agent you use, also make sure to invest in a good cleaning rag – that is, a microfiber cloth.
When cleaning the windows, make sure to thoroughly clean the windows, and in a uniform direction to avoid smudges. Make sure to also roll down the side windows so that you can clean the edges of the windows as well. Whilst the basic steps are enough for the side windows and rear windshield, you will need an additional step for the front windshield – taking care of water spots. These are basically visible mineral deposits from where water has evaporated. You can take care of them with a dedicated polish for glass (which is applied by hand or with a polisher). For more information, please click here.