Windshield wipers have been an integral part of vehicles since 1903. Since then they’ve undergone several important updates. The most important update came in 1917 when windshield wipers were motorized.
Without them, driving would be hazardous. Rain and snow build up on the windshield limit a driver’s vision. Wipers also help keep dirt from gathering on the windshield. When the sun hits a dirty windshield, it’s virtually impossible to see clearly.
Windshield wipers are pretty low maintenance compared to other parts of your car. However, they still need a little care to function properly.
To help you maintain your wipers, we’ve put together a quick guide on how to clean windshield wipers. Try it out for yourself this weekend.
How to Clean Windshield Wipers
Windshield wipers may seem like a part of the car that cleans itself, but they don’t, unfortunately.
Dirty wiper blades spread gunk across your windshield. Or worse, they pick up a rock and crack the glass.
Here are a few easy steps to follow to keep your wiper blades clean.
1. Gather Your Cleaning Supplies
To thoroughly clean your windshield wipers, you’ll need:
- Clean rags
- A gallon of hot water
- Dish soap
- Rubbing alcohol
- Paper towels
Tip: Make sure to use good dish soap that cuts grease, otherwise it will only smear the grime around instead of removing it.
2. Clean Under the Windshield Wipers
Lift the windshield wipers out of the way.
Using a wet rag, wipe down the area where the wipers rest and remove any debris like leaves and twigs.
Check to make sure there’s no debris near the base of the wiper arm.
3. Clean the Windshield Wipers
Grab a new rag and soak it in the hot, soapy water.
Wipe down the wipe blade until no more dirt come off on the rag.
Rinse off the rag and carefully clean the rest of the wiper. Make sure you get the dirt out of all the joints.
Leave the windshield wipers up to dry in the sun. Drying with a cloth will leave fuzz that’ll transfer to your windshield.
4. Check for Any Damage to the Wiper Blades
While you’ve got the windshield wipers up to dry, give them a once-over.
If any noticeable chunks are missing from the rubber blade, they’ll need to be replaced. Cleaning alone won’t make them work any better.
You also want to make sure the rubber wiper blades are soft and don’t have any cracks.
5. Softening Rigid Wiper Blades
Sometimes you can save hard wiper blades if they aren’t cracked from sun exposure.
Soak a paper towel in rubbing alcohol and give the rubber blades a good rubdown.
Let Us Help You With All Your Windshield Concerns
Now that you know how to clean windshield wipers, your daily travels should go without a hitch.
If the worst happens and your wipers do end up chipping your windshield, Complete Auto Glass is here to help.
Our knowledgeable technicians are quick and their work comes with a lifetime guarantee.
Give us a call if you need help fixing your windshield.