All-Season Guide to Auto Glass Care
Whether rain, or heat, or snow, your windscreen shelters you from the elements and keeps you safe on the road. Each season presents its challenges, but with a few tips and tricks, your windscreen will remain clean, safe, and free from visual obstructions. Proper care and maintenance ensure your windscreen and car windows will continue to shield you and the interior of your car for years to come, regardless of the season. To help you keep your car windows tip-top, we’ve compiled an all-season guide to auto glass care.
All-Season Windscreen Care
Regardless of the season, you’ll need to do several essential things to ensure the longevity of your windscreen. Simple things may damage your windscreen, others may leave you with a windscreen that needs to be replaced, but if you take care, there’s no need to worry.
- Regularly check your windscreen wipers – cracked and damaged windscreen wipers may damage your windscreen.
- Ensure you have wiper fluid – using windscreen wipers on a dry and dusty windscreen will scratch the glass and damage the wiper blades.
- Wash with soft cloths and mild soap – use a clean, soft microfibre cloth and a gentle soap to wash your car windows. Don’t use harsh abrasive soaps or paper towels on your windows.
- Deal with chips and cracks – most chips and cracks are quick and easy to fix, but you need to address them as soon as possible to prevent them from spreading.
Auto Glass Care for Each Season
Often, we are faced with contradictory information when it comes to taking care of windscreens, so let’s clear up a few things.
Dry and Dusty Conditions
A dust-covered windscreen is a fast way to a scratched windscreen. Don’t use your windscreen wipers on dry glass or wipe your car windows with a dry cloth. Prevent scuffs and scratches by using a wet cloth on your auto glass. From the inside of your car, you can spray your windscreen with wiper fluid and then turn on your windscreen wipers when your windscreen is thoroughly wet.
Rain and Cold Weather
Misted-up windows are both annoying and dangerous. Condensation occurs when there is a significant difference in temperature and/or humidity between the inside of your car and the outside. To start, dirt absorbs moisture, so you want to ensure your windows are spotless inside and out to minimise condensation. To demist your windows, heat up your car before hitting the road, then while you are driving, you need to switch on your demister and circulate fresh air. If you can, crack a window too, this will help the moisture dissipate.
Snow and Ice
It only takes a thin film of ice to make it impossible to see out of your windscreen. Whatever you do, don’t pour hot water on your windscreen, or use a metal scraper to remove the ice. Start by switching your car on and heating it from the inside and use your demister. As the car heats up, the ice will be easier to remove. Now you can use a rubber squeegee or a gentle plastic ice scraper (made for windscreens) to scrape the ice off your windscreen gently.
Auto glass isn’t complicated; just a little common sense and a gentle touch go a long way. For advice, to replace your auto glass or to repair chips and cracks, get in touch with Instant Windscreens today.