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It’s hard to enjoy a drive with a foggy, stained or streaked windshield. If you neglect the care of your car’s windshield, you may find yourself visiting the dealership to get your windshield replaced.
How to keep your vehicle’s windshield clean.
You honestly don’t need to take a trip to the carwash to clean your car’s windshield. You can do it at home, following 9 easy steps:
1. Soak the windshield and wiper blades with water and lift the wipers off the windshield. ( Don’t use any hard soaps on the wiper blades itself as this breaks down and/or dries the rubber).
2. Use a glass cleaning solution of choice and soak the windshield for 2-3 minutes.
3. Use fine steel wool to gently remove caked bird poop and other hardened residues. Use small strokes to do the same, thereby ensuring you don’t scratch the glass.
4. Work the windshield in two parts. When you clean your way in from both sides of the windshield you will ensure that cleaning is even.
5. Look at the glass at an angle to check if there are any streaks. If you stand over the glass you won’t be able to easily spot those areas you may have missed.
6. Use a regular newspaper or coffee filter paper to dry and polish the glass manually using circular strokes. Cloth rags tend to leave behind fibers. (You can use a professional electric glass polisher with a microfiber pad as well. Preferably something with a buffer will work best.)
7. After having dried the glass, use a hydrophobic solution to coat your windshield. This can be done with an applicator or a fine microfiber towel. This helps ensure that water which hits the windshield will flow off quickly when driving in bad weather.
8. Now for the other side of the windshield (that’s inside the car), clean the same using only a glass cleaning agent. This is done by spraying it on a fine microfiber towel or an angled applicator that can be found at your local dollar store. Always approach the cleaning of the interior of the windshield from the passenger side for better access.
9. Finally, don’t forget to clean the wiper rubber using some of the windshield cleaning solution sprayed onto a cloth. Pinch the rubber on the wiper blades and with a single pull-down stroke, clean the gunk off the blades and repeat this a few times. Always make sure the rubber is soaked in water and is wet so that it does not crack or stress the wiper edges.
The result? A sparkling clean windshield and the excuse to go on a long drive!