Three Tips to Keep Your Car Windows from Fogging

Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 6.55.34 AMThe science behind a foggy car window is actually quite simple. When there is a difference between the outside and interior air temperature, moisture gets deposited on your car windows. That’s why during winter months when the temperature drops, you’ll notice more condensation on the inside of your car. Conversely, when it’s hot and humid outside and you put on the air conditioner, you’ll notice that the exterior windows fog up. Annoying? Yes. But thankfully there are ways to combat it and get your windows back in the clear. 

Put the Wet Stuff in the Trunk
Sweaty Gym Clothes. Umbrellas. Ski Boots. What do all of these items have in common? They carry a lot of moisture with them that will make your car windows fog up. If possible, put these items in the trunk before driving. Also, if you’re coming into your car from the snow, give your feet a few claps together before entering the vehicle to clear away any excess.

Keep Your Car Mats Dry
Another culprit to foggy windows are your car mats. Inevitably they will get wet during rainy days, but do your best to limit the amount of moisture they take in. This is especially true if you’ve recently detailed or cleaned your car. If there is any residual water or chemical formula on the mats still you may encounter a bit of fogging as they dry out inside your vehicle.

Keep Your Windows Cleaned and Protected
Contaminants such as streaks, smudges and dirt give moisture droplets an easier base to settle on. Make sure you keep your glass

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Keeping your car’s windows clean helps prevent moisture from sticking to the surface.

cleaned and protected to minimize fogging. Car window cleaning products come in many different varieties. Try selecting one such as Eco Touch window clear which is free of ammonia or alcohol. Next, add a layer of protection which will help keep moisture from settling on the surface. We suggest Eco Touch Quick Wax since it safe for all glass and window surfaces. Use sparingly and buff with a dry microfiber towel for best results.

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How to Detail Your Car’s Interior

Let’s face it, the interior of your car gets little attention when it comes to detailing. Kids, pets, food and other contaminants all can take their toll on your car’s interior. While it’s easy to neglect the interior of your car, the long-term affects will soon become apparent. Interior car cleaning can take as little as 15 minutes, so why not get started today?

Tools Required: 
Vacuum
Scrub Brush
Microfiber Towels
Eco Touch Carpet + Upholstery Cleaner
Eco Touch All Purpose
Eco Touch Window Clear
Eco Touch Dashboard Protect
Eco Touch Leather Care (optional if you have leather)

1) Remove all loose debris from the car including trash, car seats, car mats and coins. You want the interior of your car to be stripped of as much as possible to enable you to get into every nook and cranny.

2) Thoroughly vacuum the vehicle’s seating and carpeting. Many vacuums come with special attachments for those hard-to-reach places such as in between the seat and center console. Remember to move your seats to the full forward and backward position so you can cover ever inch of carpeting on the floor.

3) Now that the car has been vacuumed, you may notice there are still spots on the vehicle’s interior from liquid spills. You’ll want to grab your bottle of Eco Touch Carpet + Upholstery and scrub brush. Apply Eco Touch Carpet + Upholstery onto the spot and let sit for 30 seconds. Next, agitate with the brush to activate the formula, you should start to notice foaming. Finally blot dry with a microfiber cloth.

4) Next it’s time to take on the vinyl and trim pieces of the vehicle. If they’ve been heavily neglected and contain built-up grime you need to do a deep cleaning. Grab your bottle of Eco Touch All Purpose and get to work. Spray on the vinyl/trim and let set for about 10 seconds before wiping with a dry microfiber cloth. Letting the formula set on the surface allows the cleaning agents to penetrate in vinyl material and lift out contaminants.

Once the vinyl has been cleaned you want to add a protective layer to help fend off UV rays or future contaminants. Eco Touch Dashboard Protect is a low-gloss protectant which is enhanced with carnauba wax. Apply once section at a time and thoroughly work into the surface. It is not glossy and will leave very little residue behind.

5) If you have leather, continue reading. If not, skip to step 6. Leather seats, much like our skin, require constant nourishment. Over time leather can dry and crack, so you’ll want to add moisture back to the surface. However, you may also notice that the leather has also accumulated its fair share of dirt and debris. You’ll want to brush away any visible contaminants before applying a formula on the surface. Once the surface is clear, grab your bottle of Eco Touch Leather Care and get to work. Work one section at a time with a soft microfiber cloth. This is a 2-in-1 cleaner and protectant designed specifically for leather surfaces.

6) The next step in completing your interior detail is the windows. While many people think “window cleaning, piece of cake”, they soon find they are left with streaks and smudge marks after using their favorite cleaner. You see, there is a science to window cleaning. The right product + the right cleaning cloth = great results. Many people think that they can grab their household glass cleaner, a roll of paper towels, and the job in done. Unfortunately when driving (especially at night) we can see every missed spot.

Start by taking Eco Touch Window Clear and our proprietary glass cleaning cloth. Spray lightly one section at a time and buff clean. As the towel become more saturated with formula, switch to a new side. It’s really that easy. If you’re unsure you’ve cleaned without streaking, hold up a light to the glass and look at it from different angles. You’ll soon see whether or not you’ve missed a spot.

7) The final step in your interior cleaning routine is to thoroughly clean all the floor mats before putting them back in your car. One important tip: if you’ve laid the mats down on the ground or a dirty floor, be sure to also clean the BACK of the mat before putting it in the car. Otherwise you’ll find you’ve dragged along dirt and grime right back onto the carpets.

Eco Touch manufactures and formulates a wide range of interior car cleaning products for both DIY consumers and professionals. Be sure to check them out and let us know if you have any questions!

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Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Car

Spring is almost here, and you know what that means…cleaning. Your car has probably accumulated its fair share of dirt on the inside and outside. We’ve put together some of our most popular tips to help get your vehicle back in shape for the warm days ahead!

Exterior Cleaning

  1. Keep the dish soap under the sink! Dish soap should never ever be used to clean your car’s paint as it strips waxes and other protectants from your vehicle’s finish. This will leave your car completely unprotected and exposed to the elements. Instead, opt for a Waterless Car Wash such as Eco Touch that safely cleans and protects your paint in one easy step.
  2. Avoid washing your car in direct sunlight. Car wash products need time to work on the surface and remove contaminants. Otherwise you’ll end up with unsightly streaks. Try washing in the shade, early morning, or evening hours when the sun isn’t at its peak.
  3. Ditch the old t-shirts and cotton terry towels as they can damage your vehicle’s finish. Instead, go for microfiber towels. These cutting-edge towels contain thousands of tiny ‘scoops’ that safely lift dirt from the surface and help ensure a scratch-free finish. One example is the Eco Touch Microfiber Towel Pack for $6.99.
  4. Avoid the ammonia and alcohol-based window cleaners as they can damage tinted windows and leave you gasping for breath. There are many solvent-free cleaners on the market today engineered specifically for cars. Eco Touch Window Clear is a sovlent-free formula which retails for $7.49.

Interior Cleaning

  1. Give your console a little love. If you’ve neglected the dashboard start by cleaning with an all purpose cleaner to remove dirt and grime. Once the surface has been wiped and dried, you need to re-nourish it with a protectant. Make sure you spray the product on a towel first to avoid splatter on the inner-windshield. Try Eco Touch All Purpose and Dashboard Protect.
  2. Opt for a low-gloss protectant to help reduce glare while driving. The last thing you want is your dashboard acting like a mirror while driving down the highway.
  3. Don’t forget those vents! Dip a q-tip in a bit of protectant and apply to the vents to help reduce dust build-up.
  4. Not all carpet cleaners are created the same. Some contain nasty chemicals such as nonylphenol ethoxylates , glycol ethers and petroleum solvents. Spray these in your car and you now have a car full of toxins waiting to be inhaled. Instead, try a natural carpet cleaner such as Eco Touch Carpet + Upholstery – powered by a soy-based solvent.

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