How To Clean and Maintain Your Wiper Blades
Now is the time to take road visibility seriously. We’re going to walk you through 3 quick tips on how to clean wiper blades.
Preventive maintenance is a key aspect of keeping your vehicle in working order, at a lower cost.
This is obvious for key items such as oil and tires. Who would miss oil change, or drive on bare thread tires? That said, the benefits of preventive maintenance also apply to more mundane parts such as wiper blades. In fact, a regular preventative maintenance program enables you to go the extra mile. It maximizes the wiper blades’ efficiency, and results in an increased visibility on the road.
Of course, we all notice that wiper blades deteriorate as time passes. Environmental factors lead to the slow death of the rubber on your wiper blades. Ultra-violet sun rays, wastes from oils, waxes, and exhaust ejects worsen the blades. Wind debris such as sand, mud, dust, pollen, as well as the moisture-rich mix of acid rain and salt water make it worse.
3 Expert Tips
But how to clean wiper blades? How to get started? These are often-asked questions that our call centers answer to.
First, make a visual inspection of the blades, and its rubber part, to anticipate common problems such as streaking, skipping, chattering, wearing, and splitting. Then, follow these three simple tips that will ensure healthy usage:
- Tip # 1: Every time you fill your gas tank, take the time to clean your windshield. As you do, gently wipe the rubber squeegee with a damp paper towel to remove any loose dirt of oil. You’ll find this technique useful to maintain your wipers. Also, you will enjoy a much clearer windshield, without the stripes and bands that dirty water residues create.
- Tip #2: When you need to de-ice your windshield, never use your windshield wipers. Instead, take a few extra minutes using your defroster to melt the snow and ice, and then use an ice scraper. Another technique is to lay a protective layer on your windshield at night. A plastic garbage bag, easily laid down and removed from your windshield, will keep snow and ice away, while protecting your blades.
- Tip # 3: During winter months, to prevent ice build-up on the wiper blade rubber, and to prevent them from sticking to the windshield, pull your wiper blades away, in the upwards position.
Recommended Cleaning Materials
The best tip on how to clean wiper blades thoroughly: no need to get too complicated. So apply a glass-cleaner, a non-abrasive type, or windshield washer solvent to the rubber blades with a soft cotton cloth, or a cotton swab. Personally, We like to use a chamois, but this is a personal preference. If you are a stickler to details, you may want to consult your owner’s manual to see what specific cleaning solution the manufacturer may recommend for your wiper blades. With these few tips, you’ll enjoy wiper blades in good shape, ensuring the safe operation of your vehicle until it’s time to install a new set!
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