Wipe down your blades with a damp cloth and a bit of white vinegar. The vinegar will remove the debris that’s stuck on the blades and allow them to make full contact with the windshield again. If after a wipe down, your windshield wipers haven’t improved, you may be due for a new pair.
Don’t forget to clean out your wiper cowl once in a while! The wiper cowl is the area at the base of the windshield where your wipers lay when not in use. Keeping this area free of grime will greatly reduce the amount of debris on your wipers.
Have a tough spot on your windshield? Here’s a list of problems and solutions:
- Bugs, fingerprints, bird droppings – Eco Touch Window Clear or McKee’s 37 High Performance Glass Restorer will easily remove most problem spots.
- Stuck-on bug – Find an all-purpose cleaner like Eco Touch’s All Purpose cleaner and de- greaser. Saturate the spot and then wipe away with a microfiber towel. Follow with Window Clear for a brilliant shine.
- Greasy spot – Eco Touch All Purpose, followed by Window Clear or McKee’s 37 High Performance Glass Restorer
- Tree sap – Use mineral spirits if the sap has dried, if it has not, use Eco Touch All Purpose. Spray directly on the spot, then very gently wipe the sap up and away from the surface with a microfiber towel.
- Old stickers – Allow white vinegar to completely saturate the affected area and then peel the sticker off with a straight edge, like OLD credit card, plastic pan scarper, etc..
Important Facts About Glass Cleaners
- Many glass cleaners contain ammonia, which is a great grease cutter but has some significant disadvantages when it comes to cars.
- Ammonia can release dangerous fumes that should not be inhaled, especially in enclosed areas like the inside of your vehicle.
- Chemically, ammonia acts to dry out plastic, rubber, vinyl, and leather.
- Most significantly, in sunnier climates, car owners often customize with additional non-factory tinting. Ammonia based cleaners cannot be used on tinted windows. If your current cleaner does not state “ammonia-free” or “safe for tinted windows” you should find another cleaner.
NOTE: AVOID HOUSEHOLD GLASS CLEANERS, which almost all contain ammonia. A few examples of tint-safe glass cleaners are; Stoner Invisible Glass, McKee’s 37 Krystal Vision Glass Cleaner, and Mothers Re-Vision Glass + Surface Cleaner.