Keeping your auto glass clean and cared for is an overlooked aspect of vehicle safety. For starters, a clean window is one you can see out of. Additionally, a clean window will reduce glare from the sun, which is important for maintaining maximum visibility while driving. While anybody can “clean” a car window with household cleaners and a paper towel, this technique can damage auto glass, leading to a costly windshield repair. With proper technique and attention, anybody can clean car windows the way the pros do, preventing costly repairs down the road.
First, you should never, ever use a household glass cleaner on your car. Household cleaners contain ammonia, which release fumes that are harmful if inhaled. Ammonia also dries out the leather, plastic, vinyl and rubber in your car’s interior. Always use a glass cleaner that is ammonia-free.
Paper towels are also no good. While they are very absorbent, this often works against them as they become saturated quite quickly, at which point they just move dirt and oil around the windshield rather than wiping it off the auto glass. Instead of paper towels, use a microfiber or waffle-weave towel to clean your windshield. This will cut down on lint and eliminate streaking.
When you’re ready to start cleaning, start with the front windshield. This will ensure that the most important piece of glass gets cleaned with the freshest towel. Also remember to roll down your windows a little so you can clean the top edges.
Lastly, if you notice any cracks in your windows, it is a good idea to see an auto glass repair specialist with experience in windshield repair. Small cracks turn into big cracks, which ruin visibility and represent a safety risk. If you get into an accident, you have enough to worry about without having to think about flying shards of glass. It is possible to repair small cracks without a full car window replacement. At Glass on the Move, we offer free mobile windshield repair and replacement service. Call for a fast and accurate quote: (510) 835-0761.
Caring for your auto glass is easy, but only with the proper technique, supplies and vigilance. At Auto Glass on the Move, we have the experience and expertise to help keep your auto glass looking its best!