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How to clean a car windscreen like an expert

21 June 2022

How to clean a car windscreen like an expert

There’s nothing like driving around with a clean and clear windscreen; it’s just one of those things that gives a little lift to your driving experience!

Not only does it look great, but it’s essential to keep your car’s windscreen clean, as dirt, stains, and smears could obstruct your vision whilst driving and distract your focus on the road ahead.

Our team of expert windscreen technicians at O’Brien® have provided some of their tips on achieving a spotless windscreen.


What to use:

  • Alcohol-based glass cleaner
  • At least two pieces of clean, lint-free microfibre cloths or towels
  • Rubber gloves & eye protection (optional but recommended)

Expert Tips:

* Avoid using ammonia-based glass cleaners if your windscreen is tinted, as it can cause discolouration.
* Use reusable microfibre cloths or towels for a streak-free finish. Reusable microfibre cloths are long-lasting, able to be washed after use and better for the environment. Avoid using disposable cloth/towels to make your windscreen clean and as green as possible!
* If you see a chip in your windscreen, make sure to get the chip repaired before applying pressure to the area of the chip, as some chips will crack if you apply pressure to the area that is chipped.

Steps to follow:

  1. Carefully lift both the wiper blades outwards and off the windscreen.
  2. Spray the glass cleaner evenly to coat the first half of the windscreen thoroughly.
  3. Wipe the windscreen with one of your clean microfibre cloths in straight vertical motions.
  4. Take another clean microfibre cloth and wipe the same part of the glass in straight horizontal motions, ensuring that the glass is completely dry.
  5. Moving to the second half of your windscreen, repeat steps 2-4 using either the clean sides of the same cloth or a fresh, new set.
  6. Spray the glass cleaner on the wiper blades while they are still positioned off the windscreen.
  7. With a towel, pinch both sides at the top of the wiper blades and wipe downwards; repeat until dry.
  8. Lastly, use a dry microfibre cloth to buff the entirety of the windscreen in small circular motions.

Expert Tips:

* Avoid having your hands or fingers touch the glass while wiping. Doing so can leave smears on the windscreen.
* Don’t leave the overspray on the trim and edges of the windscreen unwiped, as this will become visible when it dries.
* Make sure to remove any dirt and grime accumulated in the wiper blades; if left, this may scratch your windscreen when you use the wipers.
* Be sure to remove any leaves and twigs at the foot of the windscreen as well.


Now that the outside of your windscreen is sparkling clean read on for more tips from our O’Brien® technicians on cleaning the interior of your windscreen.

What to use:

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Alcohol-based glass cleaner
  • Three pieces of clean, lint-free microfibre cloths or towels
  • Rubber gloves & eye protection (optional but recommended)

Steps to follow:

  1. With a clean cloth, wipe the interior of your windscreen using circular motions, starting at its bottom and moving upwards.
  2. Flip the cloth to the clean side and wipe the windscreen once more, using up and down motions.
  3. Apply enough rubbing alcohol onto a fresh, clean cloth but not so much that it drips. Wipe the windscreen using circular motions. If you get alcohol on the dash, clean it off immeadiately with a paper towel to avoid staining.
  4. Spray the glass cleaner directly on another clean cloth. Wipe the first half of the windscreen using vertical then horizontal movements.
  5. Using the same cloth, repeat step 4 on the other half of the windscreen.

Expert Tips:

* Don’t spray the rubbing alcohol and glass cleaner directly onto the windscreen to avoid any overspray staining the dashboard.

Time to check the condition of your windscreen

Regularly cleaning your car’s windscreen gives you a chance to look closely to check its condition and make sure there are no small chips that you may not have noticed since the last clean.

If you notice a small chip, it’s important to get it fixed before it turns into a crack. Read here to find out more about how O’Brien® can repair a chip in your windscreen.

With locations across Australia, O’Brien® AutoGlass can help, so contact us online or call to speak to one of our friendly team. Our experienced technicians will assess and discuss your windscreen repair or replacement options and help you get back on the road quickly and safely.


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