Owning a car comes with responsibilities in order to keep it in pristine condition. One of those duties is maintaining its windshield and the windows. However, you might be unaware of the things that are ruining them instead.
To guide you on that, here are the things that you should take note of when cleaning your car’s glass parts and preventing damages. Remember, prevention is less costly than replacements due to irreversible damages.
Cut the ammonia
It’s important to keep your windshield and windows clean to ensure their longevity and maximize road visibility. Bugs, bird-droppings, tree sap, water markings, and other stains can stay on the glass for a long time if not removed immediately.
Use high-quality glass cleaners that don’t contain ammonia to clean the windscreen and windows of your car. Ammonia can be hazardous to health when inhaled. It can also destroy the car tint, which will ruin the physical appearance of the glass. Aside from high-quality glass cleaners, vinegar and alcohol will also do the trick. Just make sure to use microfiber or cotton towels for better clean-up.
Mind the wiper blades
Your car’s wiper blades are responsible in keeping your windshield clear when it’s raining. However, they won’t be able to clean the surface if they’re dirty and damaged. Worse, the metal part of the wiper blades can come in contact with the glass, which can permanently scratch its surface.
Regularly clean your wiper blades, especially when it’s the rainy season. Use a damp towel or rug to wipe off the dirt that has accumulated on it. Moreover, if the blades seems to be torn or broken, you need to replace them immediately to avoid further damages.
Light and shade
Although windshields and windows are made to withstand harsh sun exposure, they still have their limits. Sunlight can weaken glass, which will then damage it over time and shorten its lifespan.
If possible, make sure to park in areas where there is shade. This will not only keep your car’s interior cool, but it will also protect the glass from deteriorating. It will save you cash on repair costs, or worse, replacement of the entire windshield.
Even the smoothest roads can have small pebbles and stones on it. If your car is too close to the car in front during high-speed drive, it has a higher chance of getting these particles thrown at your vehicle. These can chip your car paint, as well as your windshield that can lead to more serious damages if not repaired immediately.
Spare the door
Slamming the car’s door is one of the most common forms of expressing anger and frustration. However, this is something that your windows and windshield won’t appreciate. The intense vibration from the door slamming can loosen the adhesives of the glass if repeated over time. In addition, if small cracks (that aren’t visible) exist, the impact from slamming the door can worsen the damage, which means extra costs for repair.
Your windshield and windows are one of the primary safety features of your car. Keeping them clean and intact is important for yours and everyone else’s safety, just like any other maintenance duties that comes in owning a car.