Most of us take our cars for granted. We don’t clean them enough, and when we do clean them, we tend to do it incorrectly more often than not. We leave spider webs to hang loose on the exterior mirrors, and we let the car’s interior pile up with dust and last week’s takeout bags. Yet our cars hang in there, driving us all around town and even on out-of-state road trips. So shouldn’t we give them some love and appreciation by treating them better? The answer should be a loud yes! What we neglect the most when it comes to our cars is taking care of the glass properly. Thus, we’re listing some of the worst things we frequently do to car glass that we shouldn’t do. If you want to steer clear of windows and windshield replacement, read on attentively.
Cleaning Your Car’s Glass with Sponges and Towels – We’ve all made this mistake before; there’s no need to be embarrassed about it. Cleaning your car’s glass with a sponge and then drying the glass with a towel is probably the worst technique out there to cleaning auto glass. The sad part is, the majority of people continue to do this without being aware of the consequence. Sponges, when used on auto glass, scrub at the surface, leaving scratches over time. They’re not designed to be soft because they are meant to scrub out hard-to-remove stains from cooking pots and dishware. Therefore, it’s not a good idea to think that they are safe to use on cars. Towels, too, can scratch at the glass because the material they’re made out of is not completely smooth and soft.
Instead of using these terrible tools, switch to a microfiber cloth. Have two microfiber cloths ready, one for washing and one for drying, and you’ll be on your way to avoiding a windshield replacement.
Using Keys to Remove Decals – Some people are wiser than others, but many are still guilty of using keys to peel off a sticker or a decal off a car. There shouldn’t be a need to explain why keys are harmful to auto glass. If you really want to have scratches on your windows or windshield, then, by all means, carry on with the key method, but we don’t recommend it at all.
An easier way to remove stickers and decals is to apply WD-40 on them and let it set for a minute. Then, you’ll have an easier time peeling the sticker with your own fingernail.
Keeping Old Windshield Wipers – Please, do your car a favor and install new windshield wipers. You don’t want to be using worn out rubber blades; they’ll screech and rub too hard against the glass, and you can probably guess what will happen next . . .
Tinting Your Car’s Glass on Your Own – Unless you’re an auto glass expert (and we don’t mean if you’ve kept your glass clean for the majority of your adult life), don’t tint your car’s glass on your own. You need the right tools and the proper, legal tinted glass or film. Plus, you can easily make mistakes when you tint the glass, so it’s best to leave this to the professionals.
Parking Your Car under a Tree during a Storm – People don’t think too much about how they park their cars, but they should. If there’s a storm on the way, you don’t want to park under a tree, especially if that tree has fragile-looking branches (unless you really hate your car). Then if something goes wrong and your windshield breaks, you’ll have to have a windshield replacement.
Instead, be a cautious parker. Check the parking area before you park, and your car will be safe.
Avoiding a few common errors when it comes to taking care of your car will make your life much easier. You shouldn’t have to deal with a windshield replacement simply because you didn’t know the proper way of cleaning or tinting the glass. Do right by your car, and it’ll show you appreciation!