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How To Clean The Windshield Before Cleaning Or Fitting New Wiper Blades

Keeping your front and rear windshield’s clean on a regular basis is important, not only for clear vision, but it will improve the life of your wiper blades. It is recommended to clean the front and rear windshields together and at least once a week. If you are traveling on gravel roads then once a day.

It is always advisable to wash your car first, as this stops the dirt from the hood settling on the windshield soon after you have cleaned it. The best way to clean your windshield is to use household window cleaner, or you can use a car glass cleaner with a lint-free cloth.

Remember to lift the wiper blades off the windshield before you start to clean it. First thing is to wash the windshield with soapy warm water and a cloth. This gets most of the soot, grease and other dirt off the windshield. Make sure the windshield is dry before you wash it with window cleaner. Use a spray bottle to apply the window cleaner, as this allows the window cleaner to be spread evenly over the windshield and also the window cleaner is less likely to run down to the bottom of the windshield. Then with your lint-free cloth wipe the window cleaner off in circles until the entire windshield is clean and dry. Divide the windshield into two halves starting at the driver’s side then moving to the passenger side. If you have windshield sealing rubbers or plastic trim, be careful not to rub the lint-free cloth over these two items as this may leave black dirt marks on the cloth which will then be transferred onto your windshield. When you have successfully cleaned the windshield then you need to clean the wiper blades.

Remember To Clean Wiper Blades After Cleaning The Windshield

It is vitally important to clean your wiper blades after cleaning the windshield. If you don’t what will happen is as soon as you use your wipers they will spread all of there dirt back onto your the windshield. The best way to clean to clean your wiper blades is to first use soapy warm water. You need to use a cloth or sponge that is not rough. The reason for this is you only want to remove the dirt and grime from the wiper blade lip but not to tare or scratch it. The lip is the part of the wiper blade that wipes the water from the windshield. Wipe the blade along the length of it with your cloth or sponge. Repeat this process until you have no more black residue being left on the cloth or sponge. Then rinse with warm water only. Allow the wiper blade to dry which will only take a minute or two. It is a good idea to use rubbing alcohol to remove any stubborn dirt that the soapy water did not remove. Repeat this process for both wiper blades.