Crystal Clear View: The Top 10 Windshield Cleaning Products of 2023 for a Spotless and Safe Drive
Auto Trends | 6 min read
Published: February 27, 2023
If you love a clear windshield and that one spot that the wipers never touch drives you crazy, then keep reading because this post is definitely for you.
For some, driving with a dirty windshield can be really aggravating. But you know what’s even more annoying? Using products that don’t get it cleaned just right no matter how hard you try, leaving you with a streaky, dull, or unsatisfying finish. It’s the equivalent of that last lingering line of dust you can never seem to get with the dustpan and broom.
Before we even get started, remember that if you have any products on your windshield like coatings or a windshield protection film, make sure to avoid using harsh chemicals or pressure washing your windshield. While it may be tempting to take the pressure washer to your glass, you'll most likely end up prematurely damaging your film.
Instead, keep reading to find out which cleaning products out there can get you the streak-free showroom shine you’re after. We did the research, so you don’t have to. We know, we’re the best. Let’s get into it.
We know you’re excited to hear all about the products and smash that “add to cart” button, but before we get there, let’s cover the basics so you really know what you’re getting into. Cleaning your windshield is a pretty straightforward process that’s usually done when washing your vehicle, but it’s essential to ensure that you’re doing it correctly and avoiding some of the most common mistakes people make. Here are a few things to keep in mind for the next time you're giving your windshield a wash:
Tip #1: Ensure that you’re using the right tools.
Look we get it, it’s pretty tempting to use items you already have around the house and may use them in your daily cleaning. However, using ordinary sponges, paper towels, or other abrasive tools can cause scratches to your windshield. Even if you don’t notice it at first, you’d soon realize the wear and tear, including several scratches. A great option to consider is microfibre cloths which we’ve already covered in another blog post, so be sure to check it out.
Tip #2: Don't forget your wiper blades!
You may sometimes forget your windshield wipers, but they’re essential in helping you to keep your windshield clean during washes and give you a clear view when it’s raining or snowing. The worst thing would be for all our hard work to waste when you catch yourself using dirty wipers on a clean windshield. Also, monitor them closely to determine when they’re beyond the need for cleaning and have to be replaced.
Tip #3: The right products go a long way.
We promise we’ll tell you what those are shortly, but keep in mind that using the right products is crucial to ensure the longevity of your windshield. A lot of online sources will recommend products such as rubbing alcohol or ammonia, but those can damage your windshield over time and produce underwhelming results. Pinterest and YouTube are great for DIYs, but not when it comes to wiper fluid. Pass!
General recommendations are to wash your windshield thoroughly once every two weeks. Still, we think it wouldn’t hurt that much if you did it every couple of weeks. One way to keep your routine simple, save time and ensure it gets done is to wash it every time you wash your vehicle. Of course, if you’ve been off-road, live in a dusty area, or battling our flying friends above (if you know what we mean), it wouldn’t hurt to clean it more often.
Today we’re using Car and Driver’s list to recommend some of the best automotive glass cleaners on the market for 2023. Using the categories of cleaning power, cleaning speed, spray pattern, streaking, leftover residue and dry feel, these products have been thoroughly tried and tested.
This product excelled in all categories, especially for its powerful cleaning action making it the top choice. It comes in a convenient and easy-to-use aerosol spray can. For those with tint or a windshield protection film like ExoShield installed, it’s also completely safe.
The Meguiar’s cleaner came in at a close second and offers a spectacular clean without leaving residue behind. This will be a great option if you prefer not to use an aerosol can, as this liquid cleaner comes in a bottle with a wide spray pattern.
If you’re especially keen on maintaining a clean and clear windshield even when it rains, give this cleaner a try. After cleaning, your windshield glass will be left with a hydrophobic ceramic coating that repels water. Rain-X promises that this coating will last for up to six weeks.
For the ideal budget option, grab this rain-repellant glass cleaner. Though you’d get a more effective water-repellant coating with a ceramic cleaner, it does come close. It’s a steal of a deal!
This product has a dry feel and quickly removes dirt and grime, leaving a smooth coating. If you’re looking for a great budget-friendly ceramic cleaner that gets the job done, this comes in at a great price.
Now that you have a better idea of which cleaner you’d like to try, let’s talk about the actual process. If you’re also washing your vehicle when cleaning, leave the windshield for last to ensure any residue won’t land on the glass after you’ve already cleaned it.
Once you’re ready to start cleaning your windshield, lift the wipers up and get rid of as much dirt and grime as possible. Then, apply the cleaner to a clean microfiber cloth, not the windshield directly, and wipe in slow, circular motions. Remember to do the same on the inside as well. Finally, completely dry the windshield and admire all your hard work.
Having a clean windshield isn’t simply a matter of aesthetics but, more importantly, safety. You’d want to ensure that you can clearly see where you’re driving in conditions such as heavy rainfall, snow, or low light. Keeping your windshield spotless is one way to do just that.
Not to mention keeping that windshield spotless goes a long way towards extending the lifetime of any windshield protection film products you have on your glass.
With the right products and regular cleaning, you’ll soon find that maintaining your windshield is easier than you think. Now get to cleaning!
Alexa, play “I Can See Clearly Now” by Jimmy Cliff.
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