Category Archives: Maintaining Auto Glass
Cleaning your windshield is an important part of windshield maintenance. If you keep your windshield or windows free from dirt, then you keep them in better condition. During auto glass repair, your windows or windshields will have to be clean in order to ensure that dirt does not affect the repair job. Keeping your car’s glass free from dirt also keeps it in better condition, and makes your car look more attractive too.
But have you ever cleaned your car’s windows and windshields only to have them look dirty again because of streaks? And have you ever had trouble cleaning your windows or windshields because of an especially stubborn stain? If you have any problems cleaning your car’s windows or windshields, here are a few tips that can help you better clean your car’s glass.
Use a specialised window cleaner
Glass cleaners, which are specially formulated for car windows, should be used. If you want to keep your windows streak and dirt free, a glass cleaning window solution can keep your window nice and clean. A glass cleaner will also be gentle on your car’s windows and windshields, so there will not be any damage at all.
Do not use harsh cleaning chemicals with ammonia
Cleaning chemicals, that contain ammonia, can dry out the plastics of your car. These types of chemical cleaners could damage the rubber around your windows and windshields. And these chemicals can also damage the protective coating of your windshields, which could make your windshields deteriorate. You should only use special glass cleaners or mild soaps to clean your car’s glass.
Use different strokes for cleaning your windshield
You should use different cleaning stroke directions when you are cleaning your car, both from the inside and outside. If you do this, then you can reduce the number of streaks that will appear on your windshield or windows, after you have cleaned them.
Microfiber cloths are handy
Keep microfiber cloths around when you are cleaning your car. These types of cloths will be able to get rid of some of the tougher spots and stains on your windshield or window. Microfiber cloths are especially effective at getting rid of any dirt that could be sticking onto your windshield or windows.
Dry your windows after cleaning them
If you do not dry your windows after you clean them, water-stains could appear on them. You should properly dry your windows each time that they are cleaned with soap. This is because any leftover moisture could leave behind streaks of water-stains. You should wipe your windows with a dry cloth after cleaning them.
Clean dirt build-up on your windshield wipers
Dirt can be spread around on your windshield by your wiper blades. You should clean these wipers regularly in order to ensure that each time you turn your wipers on, your windshield will stay clean. You should keep your wipers clean and dirt free if you want to keep your windshields look clear.
Following these tips can help you keep your windows and windshields streak and dirt free.
Have you noticed tiny scratches on your windshield? Or are you worried that your windshield might get scratched? If you are, there is no need to be anxious; there are a few things you can do to keep your windshield scratch free. Leaving a scratch, on your windshield, alone is a bad idea. That scratch could get worse over time, and as it gets worse you may need to get a windshield replacement because of it. If you want to save money and keep your windshield scratch-free, you should follow these tips.
Steps you can take to reduce the risk of your windshield scratching
- Use wipers only when it is raining
Turning on your wipers when your windshield is dry, can cause your wiper blades to scratch on your windshield.
- Keep your windshield and its wipers clean
Dirt on your windshield and wiper blades can scratch the surface of your glass. To prevent dirt from scratching your car’s windshield, you should regularly clean your car’s wipers and windshield.
- Change your old wiper blades out for new ones
The rubber padding on wiper blades can wear out over time. This will expose the hard portions of your wiper blades onto your windshield. These hard parts of the blades can scratch your windshield. So you should replace old wiper blades.
- Fill your washer tank with water
If you plan to use your wiper blades often, you should fill in the windshield wash tank with water. Keep this washer tank full in order to ensure that you always have water you can squirt on your windshield.
Sometimes, you may already have scratches on your windshield. You can follow these quick tips if you want to get rid of those scratches. If you do already have scratches on your windshield, then you may want to follow these tips on how to remove some minor or superficial scratches on your windshield.
- Use an acrylic scratch remover
This type of chemical will usually come in liquid form. It is really easy to use, because all that you have to do is to pour the scratch remover on your windshield. When it dries, it will cover the area of the scratch and will make it disappear. This will only remove the most superficial of scratches though.
- Buff the area of the scratch
For slightly deeper scratches on your windshield, you can buff out the area, to remove the scratch. You can usually use a metal polish chemical, such as cerium oxide, and mix it with water. After you have gotten a thick enough paste of cerium oxide, you can use a rubber polishing wheel to buff out the area of the scratch.
For larger scratches, you may want to look into windshield repair. Any scratch that is deep or more than 12 inches long, has to be taken care of immediately. And if you have large scratches on your windshield, you should have it repaired by a windshield repair technician.
The tips on this post will help prevent any new or small scratches from showing on your car’s windshield. And you can also follow the other tips.
Your windshield and car windows are really important parts of your vehicle. These pieces of auto glass are the barrier to the outside of the car, so they keep you protected from whatever is outside, as you drive your car. Your windshield also lets you see outside onto the road. It is important that you keep your windshield and car windows clean and well-maintained. If you want your car to keep looking nice, and if you want your windows and windshield to be in a good condition, you can follow these maintenance tips.
- Regularly wipe down your windshield
You should have your windshield clean often to keep it from dirt and debris. Your windshield should have 100% visibility and should be clear at all times. This is a very simple thing to do, as you can wipe down your windshield at gas stations. Keeping your windshield clean is a really easy step to take and you can do it pretty quickly too.
- Have small chips or cracks repaired right away
Every time you see a crack or chip on your windshield, you should get it repaired right away. These repairs are urgent because small damages to your windshield can get worse over time, so you should take care of any problem early.
Take a look at your windshield repair options, and see which ones are best for your windshield. Small cracks and chips on your windshield can easily be repaired. And can sometimes even be done personally by you, allowing you to save more money.
- Do not use ammonia-based cleaning agents on your windows
Ammonia-based cleaning agents can damage your windshield and car windows. This happens because ammonia-based cleaning products are extremely harsh and could dry out the plastics and rubber of your car. Your rubber components and plastic protections on your windows, doors, and windshields will dry out and peel off. Stick to using specialised car cleaning fluids.
- Close your car’s doors gently
If you slam your car’s doors too hard, you can risk damaging them. This is because the vibrations on your car’s doors, when you close them too hard, can damage the integrity of your car windows. You should close your car doors gently, if you want to avoid damaging your windows.
- Clean up the dirt build-up on your wipers.
Dirt can build up overtime on your windshield wipers. And when you turn your windshield wipers on, you can damage your windshield because the dirt can scratch the glass of your car. You can prevent this from happening if you regularly clean your windshield. Clean your windshield by wiping down your wipers with a cloth and mild cleaning soap.
- Do not park your car outside if it is too hot or too cold
Extreme temperatures can damage the glass of your car, so you should avoid parking your car in direct sunlight or during cold winters. Cold temperatures can make the glass of your car brittle, while hot temperatures can cause the plastic layer of your windshield to melt.