Story by Veronica Graham

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NOTE from Sunset North Car Wash & Detailing Center:  It is a surprising amount of work to thoroughly clean all your vehicle’s windows. When you have us do it we typically have a team of two to three detailing pros working on it! But here’s how to clean inside car windows if you have the time and tools!

You don’t have to drive very far down the highway to notice how dirty your windshield gets. It feels like you’ve got to wash you car windows every time you stop to get rid of a think layer of dirt and bugs. You’ve probably noticed that the inside of your car’s windshield can get pretty filthy too, especially if your windshield fogs up regularly. Fortunately a good cleaning is pretty simple to achieve, in just a few steps.

Xindell extendable windshield reaching/cleaning tool with a 14-1/2-in. reach

How Do Car Windows Get Dirty on the Inside?

Condensation and dust inside of your car can create a cloudy film that builds up on the inside of your windows. Other factors can make the inside of your windows dirty too, including smoke, fingerprints and even something called off-gassing, i.e. the breakdown of plastic and vinyl components inside the car (it’s what gives a vehicle that new car smell.)
It’s important to keep the inside of your windows clean because it helps them defrost faster, and it’s just safer. A thick, filmy layer on the inside of your window can cause problems with the glare, making it harder to see the road. Discover what are these little black dots on your car’s windshield.
Fortunately, it’s easy to clean the inside of your windows. Just follow these easy steps.

Wipe the Windows with a Dry Cleaning Cloth

Wipe the inside car windows with a dry, reversible microfiber cleaning cloth, with a thick cleaning side and a fine drying side, working from top to bottom in an up-and-down motion. A microfiber cloth works best because it doesn’t leave lint or other fibers stuck to the glass the way paper towels or regular cotton towels can.
This prep step removes that nearly invisible filmy layer of dirt and dust particles that stem from the plastic, vinyl and rubber in your car’s interior.

Editor’s Note: I’ve also had good results with difficult interior windshield glass smears and film using a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser or similar products.