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Keeping your car windscreen clean is essential from a safety point of view. Dirt, streaks and smears can hinder the driver’s vision so be sure to make it a priority. Plus, clean, sparkling windows will make your car look great. There are a few simple steps to follow to ensure the result is effective.
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Start by cleaning the outside of the windscreen first.
If there is a lot of dirt, wash it with water and a soft brush. Telescopic squeegees with a sponge attached are available and this could be particularly useful if you are not tall enough to reach every part of your windscreen. Gently lift the wiper blades to get a nice even clean, and use this as an opportunity to check them over – they can be cleaned by rubbing them carefully with alcohol, mineral spirits, or baking soda and water if they are especially grimy.
Wiper blades should be replaced every two to three years, or more often if you notice any damage to them, or notice that they are ineffective. The arm of the windscreen wiper should be about 70 degrees from the windscreen.
When the stubborn dirt and insects have been removed from the windscreen, dry the surface with a clean, lint-free towel. Next, use a glass cleaner and a microfibre cloth to get it clean and shiny. Spray the solution onto the windscreen and clean from the outside in. Polish the glass cleaner off with paper towels for a streak-free finish.
Products you might consider include smear-free glass cleaners, anti-fog glass cleaners, rain-repellent cleaners that help to repel moisture and bugs from sticking when you are driving, and a foaming non-drip glass cleaner which comes in an aerosol can. Ammonia is also effective, but can damage materials such as vinyl, leather or rubber. If you prefer, you can use a little white vinegar and a clean, lint-free cloth to polish the windscreen clean.
Cleaning the outside first will enable you to see any smears on the inside, as the outside will be clear and sparkling clean. It’s time to tackle those fingerprints and sucker marks left by the sat nav systems.
Clean the inside of the windscreen from the passenger seat as you will have more room to move your arms as you clean because the steering wheel won’t be in the way. Cleaning products available to make it a little easier include a microfibre cloth on a pad attached to long (removable) ergonomic handle with a pivoting head.
Dirt and dust clings to the microfibre cloth so that only water is needed for cleaning. Other products are available with a long handle to help you reach, and a triangular shaped pivoting head for hard to reach areas. You might prefer to use a traditional chamois leather. When using cleaning sprays be careful not to spray the car’s interior as this could cause damage, or make the surface slippery.
Always keep the wiper fluid in your car topped up with a windscreen wash that contains antifreeze so you are always able to remove dirt that is blocking your vision when you are driving. Finally, always keep a demister pad to hand in your car, and consider keeping a packet of non-smearing interior wipes impregnated with cleaning agents in the glove box.
For more information about to keep your windscreen in the best condition, or if you’ve discovered a crack or chip and need a repair – simply contact the experts at The Windscreen Company today!
At The Windscreen Company, we provide windscreen repairs and replacements for vehicles of all sizes no matter where you are in the South East, Midlands, Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex &
Cambs. Simply contact our professional team to discuss your windscreen requirements.