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Old 02-19-2014, 10:47 AM   #1
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Cleaning soft windows

Silly question: could I clean my soft windows with windshield wiper fluid then wipe it off after without any problems? The gas station I work at replaces the fluid in the buckets that you clean normal glass windows with pure windshield wiper fluid in the winter. Just worried about dry rotting my soft windows. Another thing: could I use windex to clean them? My one friend uses it on her soft windows but my other friend (non jeeper) says that it will dry out my windows so I should use hot water.

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Old 02-19-2014, 10:56 AM   #2
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I would use neither windshield fluid or windex. Glass cleaners made for automotive windows do not contain ammonia which can harm plastic especially tinting applied to the inside of glass windows.

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Silly question: could I clean my soft windows with windshield wiper fluid then wipe it off after without any problems? The gas station I work at replaces the fluid in the buckets that you clean normal glass windows with pure windshield wiper fluid in the winter. Just worried about dry rotting my soft windows. Another thing: could I use windex to clean them? My one friend uses it on her soft windows but my other friend (non jeeper) says that it will dry out my windows so I should use hot water.
First, never EVER use paper towels on vinyl windows. Paper towels are made from wood products and they will eventually cause your windows to haze up and turn opaque then yellow. Instead, only use soft slightly damp cotton cloths like old soft cotton towels, tshirts, old clean baby diapers, etc.

For cleaning them, just use a mild warm soapy bucket of water after hosing the dirt off first. Don't wiped the windows with dirt on them, dirt will scratch the vinyl. Plexus is a good aerosol based cleaning/polish but the window has to be fairly clean before you can use it. Meguiars and Novus makes a good multi-step plastic window polishes that can remove scratches but it takes elbow work so it's best to avoid getting the windows scratched in the first place. You won't find such products in automotive stores, you'll have to go to an RV or boating supply store for such products.
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