If you love being on the open road, then you’ll know and understand how dirty the windshield and the wipers can get. This can cause further streaking on the windshield, and can also cause you to replace your wipers more often than you need to. It’s simple, and can be done on a weekend morning – maybe even with your kids helping out!
You don’t need to take a trip to the car wash, when you can clean your windshield in 8 easy steps at home!
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 as this can break down and/or dry out the rubber).
2. Use a glass cleaning solution of choice and soak the windshield for approximately 2-3 minutes.
3. Use fine steel wool to gently remove caked bird poop and other hardened residue. 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. You can even use alternating motions so that you know where you left off on your last stroke.
5. 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.)
6. After having dried the glass, use a hydrophobic solution to coat your windshield. This can be done with an applicator or a fine micro-fiber towel. This helps ensure that water which hits the windshield will flow off quickly when driving in bad weather.
7. Now for the inside portion of the windshield, clean the same using only a glass cleaning agent. This is done by spraying it on a fine micro-fiber 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.
8. 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.
Now it’s time to take this sparkling car out on the road for a nice long rewarding drive! (Note: taking the vehicle on a beautiful drive, can result in a dirty windshield and wipers again, print this list out to keep on hand.)
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