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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Hands-on with Leather Care – Cleaning & Conditioning Leather Car Seats

Leather is in many ways similar to our own skin. We need to keep it cleaned and conditioned to stay in the best shape possible. Over time and with neglected maintenance, leather may start to crack and fade losing its original luster. Adding to the problem is the fact that many people new to owning a car with leather interiors have no idea of the best way to maintain its appearance.

Eco Touch Leather Care is formulated to be a 2-in-1 product for both cleaning and conditioning. It’s pH balanced and contains natural emollients that will leave a supple matte finish. We’ve also incorporated a pleasant almond fragrance to make the cleaning experience all the more enjoyable.

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1) Start by vacuuming out the car’s interior. You may find that using a brush attachment and crevice tool will allow you to completely work all sections of the leather seats.

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2) Apply a quarter-sized amount of product onto your towel. You may want to fold the towel a few times with the product inside to help spread it across the surface.

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3) Gently work Leather Care into the surface buffing gently across the surface. You’ll notice that the formula is readily absorbed into the pores of the leather material, while any surface contaminants are pulled into the microfiber towel.

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4) Flip to a dry section of towel and buff dry.

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And that’s it, you’re leather car seats are now cleaned, conditioned and ready to ride again. Remember to stick to a regular cleaning schedule to avoid excess build-up of body oils, dirt and grime on the surface.

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The Best Uses of Eco Touch All Purpose

Eco Touch All Purpose  is one of our most versatile products for interior and exterior auto cleaning. Many times we get asked where specifically the product is best used. Whether you are a detailer or DIY consumer, we’ve put together a short pictorial outlining the product.

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Engine degreasing.

One area where All Purpose excels is as an engine degreaser. Granted, unless you are doing car shows the average person really doesn’t have much use for engine cleaning/degreasing, unless you just like keeping things tidy. Before you start spraying down the engine components make sure the car has been turned off and everything is cool to the touch. To help avoid overspray you can apply All Purpose directly onto a microfiber towel and wipe. However, some spots may require you spraying the formula and letting it dwell for 30 – 60 seconds for maximum effectiveness.

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Door jamb cleaning.

Cleaning door jambs is one spot where All Purpose excels. Since it is safe for metal, vinyl and plastic you will have complete peace of mind when spraying down this section.

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Removing old protectants using All Purpose

Removing old dashboard protectants is another specialty of All Purpose. Use in conjunction with a q-tip for those vents so you don’t miss a spot. Once you’ve cleaned make sure you follow-up with Dashboard Protect to restore the finish.

Leather cleaning (spot test first to ensure compatibility)

Leather cleaning (spot test first to ensure compatibility)

Yes, you can apply All Purpose onto leather. This is typically done when you have a very aggressive stain that won’t come out with Eco Touch Leather Care. However, we always suggest spot testing on an inconspicuous area to ensure compatibility.

Are there other uses for All Purpose you’ve found work well? If so, let us know!

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