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Isn’t there something so satisfying about a sparkling clean windshield? That perfectly polished glass looks great (and makes your car shine!)– but it’s also essential for safe, comfortable driving.

Unfortunately, keeping the inside of your windshield clear can be tricky. Anyone who’s ever thought they’d perfectly cleaned the inside of their windshield, only to be confronted with smudges galore as soon as the sun hit it, can surely confirm this. Thankfully, there are ways to achieve a spotless interior windshield and avoid stubborn streaks, smudges, and unwanted fogging.

Expert Cleaning Techniques: Banishing Stains and Streaks


Achieving a spotless windshield starts with the right tools and methods– but don’t worry, it’s nothing too complicated! Here’s what you’ll need.


Microfiber cloths: These soft, lint-free cloths are perfect for cleaning your windshield without leaving behind any scratches or streaks.


Glass cleaner: Do your best to find a reputable brand that’s specifically formulated for cleaning car windows. Avoid using household cleaners or any abrasive materials, since they can damage the film on your windshield.

Here’s how to clean like a pro:


1. Start fresh: begin by removing any loose dust or debris with a dry microfiber cloth.


2. Spray carefully: Apply a small amount of glass cleaner directly to the microfiber cloth– not to the windshield itself!. This helps to avoid over-wetting the surface, which runs the risk of leaving behind smudges.


3. Wipe gently: Use circular or horizontal motions to clean the entire windshield surface. Avoid scrubbing or applying excessive pressure, since this can create streaks.


4. Buff it out: Use a clean, dry microfiber cloth to buff the windshield and remove any remaining moisture or streaks.


Prevent Fogging and Condensation: Keeping Your Vision Clear


Foggy windshields can be a real hazard, reducing your visibility on the road, and increasing your risk of accidents. In order to prevent this, make good use of your car’s defogging settings. Use this function as soon as your windshield starts to fog up.

The best method to defog your windshield quickly depends on the outside temperature. 

How to Defog Your Windshield When It’s Cold Outside


When it’s cold outside, turn the heat on its maximum setting. Hot air can hold more moisture, which will help to remove accumulated moisture from the windshield. Turn the AC on (just hit the AC button, without changing the temperature settings). This will help to pull moisture from the air more effectively. Turn off the recirculation button and crack your windows for a little bit in order to allow cool, dry air to enter the car.

How to Defog Your Windshield When It’s Hot and Humid Outside


Although this might be uncomfortable for a few minutes, turn down your AC to the warmest setting. Your goal is to warm up the inside of the windshield. Turn on the defrost function in your car as well, and keep the recirculation button off to allow the moisture levels within your car and outside to match.

Maintaining a Clear Driving Environment


Keeping your car clean goes beyond just the windshield. In order to maintain a clear and comfortable driving environment, minimize clutter in your vehicle. Avoid leaving loose objects on your dashboard or near the windshield, since these can contribute to dust buildup and even obstruct your view.

Regularly clean your dashboard and interior surfaces with a vacuum cleaner and appropriate cleaning products to remove dust and debris.

Taking the time to clean and maintain your interior windshield is an investment in your safety and driving experience– and the safety of those on the roads around you! A clean car keeps you and your passengers safe and comfortable.

However, if your car is fogging up excessively or you’re dealing with other moisture problems inside your vehicle, it might be time for a windshield repair or replacement. If you suspect this might be the case and would like an expert’s opinion, give Fast Glass Service a call today!