The Best Advice On How To Clean Wiper Blades Correctly
How To Clean Your Wiper Blades Correctly!
After 30 years experience being a mechanic, I have replaced countless wiper blades on many different vehicles. There have been so many times I have replaced wiper blades for customers because they are concerned that the rainy season is approaching and little or no maintenance was done on their wiper blades. Their blades are not wiping the windshield correctly leaving streaks of water behind, and they are frightened they will get caught in a rainstorm and not have clear vision through the windshield. I do advise the customer that I can clean the wiper blades, but 90% of the time they decline and want new ones fitted. If they were to maintain or clean the wiper blades it would save them a ton of money.
I suggest cleaning your windshield first. (You can also read my article on how to clean your windshield.)This is to make sure that your wiper blades don’t pick up dirt from the windshield after you have cleaned them.
So Let Me Get To It.
What you need is a box of Isopropyl Alcohol Pads. They have a lot of alcohol saturated in each pad. With the wiper blade lifted away from the windshield glass, wipe the wiper blade lip from the top to the bottom several times with different alcohol pads until there is no more dirt residue showing on the alcohol pads. Leave the wiper blade to dry before sitting it back down on the windshield glass. Alcohol wipes are quick and easy because you don’t need to have a spray bottle nor cleaning cloths. What I have is a box of 300 Care Touch Alcohol Prep Pads which I keep in the glove box. I can clean my wiper blades anywhere and there are so many more uses they are definitely worth having. It is important the clean both front wiper blades and even the rear one if your car has one. For me, this is the most effective and cost efficient way that I have discovered to clean my wiper blades to make them last longer. I have found cleaning them this way has nearly doubled the life of my wiper blades, it keeps them wiping my windshield effectively all the time.
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