Category Archives: Uncategorized

Why You Shouldn’t Repair Auto Glass Without an Expert

mobile-auto-glass-services-prevRepairing or replacing a windshield isn’t easy if you don’t have plenty of experience with auto glass repairs. So, if you wake up one morning to find that your windshield has a chip, don’t be tempted by commercial auto glass repair kits to fix the windshield on your own. Those kits, while they can sometimes work (in rare occasions), don’t give you a lasting result. Besides, something that looks too good to be true usually is. Rather than paying $20 for a kit that then makes your windshield worse, it is better to go straight to the experts and get your glass repaired the right way. To help you see why professionals know better, here are four reasons not to do an auto glass repair by yourself:

#1 The windshield you bought might not be a right fit If your windshield has suffered a major damage, such as a big crack or a shatter, you will certainly need to replace it. However, if you purchase a windshield from just about anywhere, it will most likely not be a perfect fit for your car. Though you’ve measured how big the glass should be, it doesn’t mean that the glass will come in the exact shape of your car’s frame. If one corner is a tiny bit off, that could be the difference between being safe and putting your life at risk every time you drive. Saving money by doing your own auto glass repair and replacement and putting yourself in danger just does not seem worth it.

 #2 The windshield you bought could be damaged At the same time, how do you know that the windshield you purchased for a very cheap price isn’t also damaged? For all you know, the glass has been cracked many times and repaired enough so you wouldn’t be able to spot it. Then, when you replace the allegedly new windshield with your old one, you will start witnessing shorty after more and more cracks making an appearance because of the hidden damage.

#3 The repaired windshield could crack or shatter while you are driving If you did purchase one of those auto glass repair kits and attempted to fix your chipped or cracked glass with it, then, chances are, the kit did half the job it was supposed to. It probably hid some areas of the damage while leaving other areas very noticeable. What’s bad about using these kits is that they don’t completely fix the problem you have. Therefore, it becomes dangerous for you to drive your car anywhere, as doing so with a semi-damaged windshield can cause the glass to have too much pressure on it, which would then lead it to crack or even shatter as you drive.

#4 Your car’s roof could collapse while you are replacing it or while you are driving The majority of people are not aware of the fact that improper or lack of replacement of a damaged windshield can make a car’s roof less stable and cause it to collapse. Thus, if you are replacing your own windshield, or not repairing any damages correctly, you could be one step away from witnessing your car’s downfall. Even worse is if you are driving with an inadequately repaired/replaced windshield when the roof suddenly collapses. You really don’t want that to happen . . .

So it’s simple. The best way to have an accurate auto glass repair or replacement is to take your car to a professional auto glass shop. You can oftentimes even call specialists to come to you, which would allow you to stay safe until your car is fixed and back to its original condition.

6 Free Activities in Fort Lauderdale for Spring Break

Spring Break ActivitiesSpring break is happening right now, and lots of people are taking off to where all the fun and adventures are. If you’re one of those people and you’re vacationing in the Fort Lauderdale-Miami area, then you should know that you can have plenty of fun on your break without paying a dime. Here are six fantastic places and activities in Fort Lauderdale for spring break that’ll save you some money:

Fort Lauderdale Beach Free activities are just about everywhere in Fort Lauderdale, but of all the free places you should go to this spring break, Fort Lauderdale Beach should be at the top of your list. At this stunning beach, you can enjoy a nice swim in one of the clearest saltwater in Florida. Even if you don’t like swimming at the beach, going to Fort Lauderdale Beach is a must if you love nature-watching. Here, you’ll find many turtle nesting areas from May to October, and if you’re lucky enough, you might just catch the beautiful sight of turtles hatching!

Hollywood Beach and Oceanwalk Boardwalk Similar to Fort Lauderdale Beach, Hollywood Beach is another place where you can do more than just swim and tan. Although this beach is in Hollywood, FL, and not Fort Lauderdale, because it’s close by, it’s almost in the same location. Plus, if you’re looking for free events in Fort Lauderdale for fun outings with your family and friends, then this is the perfect place. At Hollywood Beach’s Ocean Boardwalk, you’ll get to witness many live shows, such as music performances and plays. As well, if you find yourself hungry at the end of the day, there are numerous of restaurants and cafes from various cuisines lined up across the boardwalk.

SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch If you’re a jazz fan, then this place is for you. Located at Riverwalk in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, the SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch is a jazz show that allows the local jazz musicians to come and showoff their talents during the first Sunday of each month. Come and get your jazz on!

Anne Kolb Nature Center If you’re wondering where the free nature activities and events in Fort Lauderdale are, then you should come to the Anne Kolb Nature Center during weekdays when admission is free. This park has nature, biking, and boating trails, so you can partake in any engaging activity you prefer. You’ll even find a 68-foot observation tower which looms over the park and allows you to see the native plants and animals that reside here. Besides these amazing activities, you can also go fishing in the designated areas as well as check out the 3,500-gallon aquarium, among other things.

Artspark at Young Circle Artspark is an ideal park for families with young kids, and though it is in Hollywood, FL, it is still in close proximity to Fort Lauderdale. From time to time, Artspark throws several entertainments, such as activities that are musical, visual, and artistic. Additionally, kids can play, cool off in the interactive water fountain, and delight in the many fun, educational exhibits. Let the family have a new kind of fun here this spring break!

Fern Forest Nature Center This is another nature center that’s great for nature lovers. If you go during weekdays, you can get in for free. Here, you can picnic with your family and friends among the masses of ferns and find yourself in one of the calmest places on earth, and if you’re lucky, you might just witness a wedding in this magnificent nature park that’s beloved by so many. So, if you’ve never been here before, come check it out on your spring break vacation!

Why pay so much to have fun? This spring break, check out these fun and exciting free activities in Fort Lauderdale. You’ll never want the vacation to end ever again!

Avoid a Windshield Repair this Rainy Winter

windshield-wipers-in-the-rainThis is a repost of an old blog we did on auto glass protection against rain in the summer months here in Florida. Though, since the wintertime in Florida also calls for terrible rain, we are sharing this information with you once more and adding a few more helpful tips. Obviously, you don’t control the weather; therefore, there’s no way to know when the sun will shine or when clouds will take over. However, when you live in Florida, you can expect there to be plenty of rain. People outside of the state think Florida is sunny all the time, but the fact is, it storms here as if nature is out for vengeance. Sure, the winter months here aren’t as cold as other states, but that doesn’t mean we don’t experience winter at all. So what can you do when it rains in Florida, particularly this winter? If you’re a driver in Florida, chances are you’ve faced at least one storm while on the way somewhere. With rain, there’s a big chance your car’s windshield will get damaged. In the midst of a rainstorm, your windshield wipers are probably set at maximum speed, which only puts force on the glass and scratches against the surface. The pressure and scratches can then lead to more mishaps, like a cracked or broken glass. In order to prevent your windshield from such damage and avoid needing a windshield repair or replacement, take precautions in advance to protect your windshield from rain. Here are some important tips to follow:

Drive Your Car in Rain Only When It’s Necessary A lot of people like to drive in rain in the midst of a thunderstorm and even while they can barely see the road. Unless you are in an emergency that imposes you to drive, avoid this risky situation. Not only can this cause damage to your windshield, but it can also increase your chance of getting into a car accident.

Refill the Washer Fluid if it is Halfway Empty Washer fluid keeps your windshield and wiper blades clean. Yet, if you’re out of washer fluid, dirt will accumulate on the glass and scratch both the surface and the rubber on the wiper blades. As a result, when it starts to rain, you will already have a windshield in a poor condition and wiper blades that are destroyed and barely work. That’s why it’s important to refill the washer fluid on the days when it’s not raining.

Wipers in Good Condition The quality of windshield wipers affects the glass. Imagine relying on broken wipers in strong rain only to hear screeching and the sound of the wipers vibrating as they move to and fro. Thus, if the wipers are getting old and you can clearly see cuts and worn rubber on the wiper blades, then you should immediately replace them with new ones. Usually, wiper blades last around six months to a year. As long as you replace them during that time, or when they start to fall apart, you’ll be safe, and you won’t need to have a windshield repair.

Clean Glass You’re probably wondering how cleaning a windshield will protect it from rain. Well, cleaning it won’t directly protect it from rain. Nevertheless, cleaning it will protect the windshield wipers, which will protect the glass from rain. A dirty windshield leads to dirty windshield wipers, and dirty wipers are more prone to cracks and tears in the rubber. As a result, you should regularly clean your car’s glass, paying special attention to the surface underneath the wipers.

Rain Repellents There are a few rain repellent treatments out there that you can apply directly to your windshield. Though this is not necessary, it is recommended because it’ll ensure you a safe drive during rainy weather. Plus, when you use a rain repellent on your windshield, you won’t need to set your wipers at maximum speed. In most instances, you won’t need to use your wipers at all and merely rely on the rain repellent’s ability to improve visibility. A well-known rain repellent product out there is Rain-X. Once you apply the liquid to the glass, you can wipe the excess off and watch with amazement as the product fends off rain from your sight.

parkingCautious Parking What does cautious parking mean, you ask? It means being aware of where you park your car. Think of the damage that could occur if you park beneath a frail tree branch when it’s raining. If that tree branch falls off and lands on your windshield, you’ll be forced to get a windshield repair or replacement to fix the dent, crack, or shattered windshield. It’s very important to be aware of what’s around you when you park somewhere, especially when it’s raining. Even if it’s sunny out when you park your car, make sure there are no hazards around you that could affect your car if it rains.

It’s easy to avoid a windshield repair by protecting your car’s glass from rain. Rain doesn’t directly harm auto glass, but it does create situations that cause many risks to the windshield and your safety. Following the precautions listed above will save you time, money, and keep you and other drivers safe.

8 Crucial Safety and Auto Glass Tips for Halloween

costumesHalloween is that time of year where people can put on a costume and pretend to be something they think is exciting, fun, or straight out funny. People can dress up as their future selves, like doctors, dancers, or artists. Kids are everywhere and the smell of pumpkins is in the air. There’s nothing like Halloween. While you’re out driving to parties or taking your kids to nearby neighborhoods for trick-or-treating, be sure that you keep safe and protect other children on the road. This means driving carefully. At the same time, don’t leave your car just about anywhere. Be a safe, cautious driver and be smart where you go. By following the tips below, you’ll not only protect your car and its auto glass, but you’ll also make sure that no one gets hurt because of your driving.

Don’t Speed It’s not news that you shouldn’t speed. Though, you’d be surprised (or maybe not so much) just how many people choose to ignore this important driving rule. Specifically on Halloween, take this rule to heart. You don’t want to end up hurting someone on the road. Therefore, prevent a car accident by driving at the speed limit and watching out for other cars (sometimes, it is the terrible driving habits of other drivers that can cost you).

Don’t Text and Drive You already know this too, but we’re going to stress it just in case some people have forgotten. Texting and driving is a terrible habit that can seriously distract you while you’re driving. In a split second, you could find yourself crashing into another car or worse… So please, tuck your phone away when you’re driving and ignore calls and texts. They can wait. That sounds cliché, but it’s true. Rather than texting, watch out for kids and pedestrians crossing the street. Or, if you’re on the main road, watch out for other cars.

Be a Cautious Parker When you park your car, check your surroundings. Make sure that your car isn’t directly underneath a tree with a weak tree branch that could fall easily. Take a look at anything that could harm your vehicle and your auto glass and then avoid parking there.

Avoid Parking in Crowded Areas but Don’t Park in a Deserted Areas Either Similarly, avoid parking somewhere crowded. If you’re at a party, don’t park in the middle of other cars. If it’s so crowded that you can’t hop back in your car and drive away, don’t park there to begin with. Besides, if you’re stuck in the middle of other cars and people are not in the best shape to drive and pull their cars out, you’re doomed. Nevertheless, don’t park in deserted areas either, or else your car might get broken into or get towed without your knowledge.

Drive Extra Slow Around Children Another safety tip is to drive extra slow around kids. Even if the speed limit says you can go 35 miles per hour, drive a bit slower and be careful.

If There Is an Auto Glass Damage, Don’t Drive Your Car If your windshield or window was previously damaged, don’t drive your car. For one, it is dangerous to drive with broken auto glass. For two, it gives thieves an easy way to get inside your car.

robberRemove Valuables from Your Car Just like the above tip, in order to prevent thieves from breaking into your car, remove valuables before driving out on Halloween. These valuables can be things such as a visible GPS, money, a purse, or a bike.

Inspect Headlights and Backlights Last but not least, before you drive that night, inspect your headlights and backlights to make sure they are working properly. You don’t want to start driving only to realize that you can’t see the road or any of the kids crossing the street.

Enjoying Halloween isn’t just about partying and candy. Follow these auto glass and safety tips for a good time without any accidents.

halloween

Our Top 4 Blogs on Car Care for Windshield Maintenance

Car care can be made simple when you know what to do and what to avoid. In today’s blog, we’ve put together our top four blogs on car care for windshield maintenance to help you both avoid a windshield repair and know what to do if your windshield needs a repair or replacement.

windshield-wipers-in-the-rainAvoid Car Glass Repair by Guarding Windshield from Rain You don’t control the weather; therefore, there’s no way to know when the sun will shine or when clouds will take over. However, when you live in Florida, you can expect there to be plenty of rain. People outside of the state think Florida is sunny all the time, but the fact is, it storms here as if nature is out for vengeance. So what can you do when it rains? If you’re a driver in Florida, chances are you’ve faced at least one storm while on the way somewhere. Though rain means lusher grass and trees and less heat, it also means that there’s a big chance your car’s windshield will get damaged. In the midst of a rainstorm, your windshield wipers are probably set at maximum speed, which only puts force on the glass and scratches against the surface. The pressure and scratches can then lead to more mishaps, like a cracked or broken glass. In order to prevent your windshield from such damage and avoid going to a car glass repair shop, take precautions in advance to protect your windshield from rain.

When Should You Replace Windshield?  Your car is practically brand new and everything is running in perfect condition. Though, while you’re driving on the highway to go to work one morning, a big truck in front of you advertising fresh produce unintentionally chucks pebbles from the ground with its tires. A few of the pebbles hit your windshield, and now you have a tiny chip in the glass. It’s not a large chip, but you have a feeling it could lead to worse damage, especially if you have to use your windshield wipers at some point. So what should you do? Is it critical that you replace windshield or can you leave it as it is for an extent of time and hope that the glass stays intact? We have all the answers to your questions about your windshield’s shape.

glarePreventing Windshield Repair by Reducing Glares Most car drivers have experienced windshield glares, especially if their cars’ glass is not tinted. If you’re reading this blog, chances are that you’re one of those drivers. Glares, while typically harmless, can be very dangerous when you drive. If you’re heading to work or school in the morning while the sun blazes right at you, you could find yourself driving half blindly. Even if you wear your polarized UV-protection sunglasses, you might still have a hard time getting to your destination. Unfortunately, the problem doesn’t end with daylight hours; if you’re driving at night, other cars’ headlights could just as easily flash through your windshield and cause glares. So what can you do to stop this problem? Do you avoid driving in the morning and in well-lit streets at night? The answer is no. You could easily end or at least reduce glares by doing a few simple actions, and in doing so you would also be preventing any windshield repair.

Things You Shouldn’t Do to Avoid Windshield Replacement  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.

With these four helpful blogs, you’ll be able to implement the car care windshield maintenance techniques and tips we’ve shared.

Windshield Washer Fluid Helps Avert a Car Glass Repair

smudgedwindshield
We’ve all been through those annoying situations where our windshields were completely smudged with dirt and bird droppings and we couldn’t wipe them clean with our windshield wipers. Though we attempted to spray some washer fluid—also known as blue water—across the glass to help us clean the mess, there just wasn’t enough fluid to remove the problem. So we drove home with a haze in front of us that led to a lot of glares from other cars’ headlights. Unfortunately, this situation happens too often. People neglect to check on the level of the windshield washer fluid in their cars and only notice that it is completely empty when they are suddenly in a dire need of cleaning their car’s glass. Washer fluid, however, is very important and should regularly be checked on since it protects the windshield and prevents a car glass repair.

How does washer fluid affect the windshield? Washer fluid affects the windshield in two major ways. Both are equally effective in keeping the glass in a good condition and out of a car glass repair shop.

parsin191#1 Keeps the glass maintained: Without the washer fluid, if you were to clean your glass, you would only end up scraping it with the dry windshield wipers. As a result, you would have a scratched glass that is even dirtier than before. In this case, a lack of washer fluid destroys the windshield. On the other hand, if there is enough washer fluid in your car’s tank at all times, you would be able to keep your glass sparkling clean without scratching and ruining the surface. In addition, with enough washer fluid, you would always be sure that you can see the road clearly. Therefore, not only does this keep your windshield strong, but it also keeps you and the other drivers around you safe.

#2 Keeps the wiper blades maintained: Similarly to keeping the glass maintained, having enough washer fluid in your car’s tank keeps windshield wipers maintained as well. You may be wondering what windshield wipers have to do with keeping your car’s glass in topnotch condition and out of a repair shop. Well, wiper blades are used to directly remove dirt off the glass. Though, if they are dusty and filthy and you use them, then the glass will be scratched. Alternatively, if you keep enough washer fluid in the car, then you’ll be sure that your wiper blades are clean as much as your windshield is. As a result, having washer fluid helps your windshield remain clean, your wipers remain clean, and saves you from paying fees to fix damaged glass.

How do you refill your windshield washer fluid?  Now that you’re aware of how crucial windshield washer fluid is when it comes to avoiding a car glass repair, you should learn how to refill it in your car’s tank. After all, it doesn’t magically pour itself in. First off, you will need to buy a washer fluid. There are many you can choose from at your local retail stores, such as Publix, Walmart, and Target. Most washer fluids are blue, so the next time you’re in the auto aisle, look for a bottle that contains blue water. After that, filling up on washer fluid should be easy. All you will need to do is find the washer fluid tank underneath the hood of your car. Most of the time, the tank has a blue cap, and the cap itself either has an image of a windshield and wipers or a text on it that says something like “Washer Fluid Only.” That’s where you’ll need to pour the windshield washer fluid in. Lift the blue cap and dispense the fluid almost to the top of the tank, making sure the fluid doesn’t spill over. Then return the cap to its place, and you’re good to go. From time to time, preferably once a month, check on the status of the washer fluid. If it is getting low, or even reaching half the tank, refill it.

In the end, it doesn’t hurt to monitor your windshield washer fluid regularly and add more when needed. In fact, it is highly essential that you do this often in order to keep the windshield and the windshield wipers clean and in good condition and stay out of a car glass repair shop.

Why You Shouldn’t Do an Auto Glass Repair on Your Own

Replace-Your-Automobile-Windshield-Step-3You woke up one morning ready to go to work, but before you hopped in your car, you found yourself hovering over your windshield. A big crack was in the center of the glass, taunting you. It was probably the neighbor kids’ doing; they must have kicked their football straight toward your car’s windshield, and now you’re stuck with this issue to fix. You do a little research online and discover that there are many auto glass repair kits out there that promise to hide scratches, cracks, and chips. The price for these kits isn’t so high, and you start thinking about fixing your windshield on your own. You even start thinking that you could perhaps install a new windshield by yourself. Then you stumble upon a couple of articles that discourage repairing or replacing your own windshield. This leaves you unsure of what you want to do. Which is why we’ve made a list of reasons why you shouldn’t repair or replace your windshield if you’re not a professional auto glass specialist with the right equipment. These reasons should help you come to your own conclusion.

#1 The windshield you bought might not be a right fit – If your windshield has suffered a major damage, such as a big crack or a shatter, you will certainly need to replace it. However, if you purchase a windshield from just about anywhere, it will most likely not be a perfect fit for your car. Though you’ve measured how big the glass should be, it doesn’t mean that the glass will come in the exact shape of your car’s frame. If one corner is a tiny bit off, that could be the difference between being safe and putting your life at risk every time you drive. Saving money by doing your own auto glass repair and replacement and putting yourself in danger just does not seem worth it.

#2 The windshield you bought could be damaged – At the same time, how do you know that the windshield you purchased for a very cheap price isn’t also damaged? For all you know, the glass has been cracked many times and repaired enough so you wouldn’t be able to spot it. Then, when you replace the allegedly new windshield with your old one, you will start witnessing shorty after more and more cracks making an appearance because of the hidden damage.

#3 The repaired windshield could crack or shatter while you are driving – If you did purchase one of those auto glass repair kits and attempted to fix your chipped or cracked glass with it, then, chances are, the kit did half the job it was supposed to. It probably hid some areas of the damage while leaving other areas very noticeable. What’s bad about using these kits is that they don’t completely fix the problem you have. Therefore, it becomes dangerous for you to drive your car anywhere, as doing so with a semi-damaged windshield can cause the glass to have too much pressure on it, which would then lead it to crack or even shatter as you drive.

#4 Your car’s roof could collapse while you are replacing it or while you are driving – The majority of people are not aware of the fact that improper or lack of replacement of a damaged windshield can make a car’s roof less stable and cause it to collapse. Thus, if you are replacing your own windshield, or not repairing any damages correctly, you could be one step away from witnessing your car’s downfall. Even worse is if you are driving with an inadequately repaired/replaced windshield when the roof suddenly collapses. You really don’t want that to happen . . .

So it’s simple. The best way to have an accurate auto glass repair or replacement is to take your car to a professional auto glass shop. You can oftentimes even call specialists to come to you, which would allow you to stay safe until your car is fixed and back to its original condition.

How to Safely Remove Stickers from Auto Glass

stickers2
At one point or another, you wanted to add a sticker to your car’s back window; or maybe when you started college, you were required to put up a parking decal. A few months or years have gone by, and now you want to remove those stickers and decals. Perhaps you’re selling your car and wish to represent it in the best condition possible. Yet, you know from past experience that removing such stickers and decals off of auto glass isn’t easy. They tend to rip off into many little pieces, leaving behind glue and the remnants of the paper. So how do you remove these stickers without scratching the glass? It can be tough and take quite some time, but it can be done. Here’s all you need to know:

Don’t Use Anything that Scrapes

Before you start the sticker removal process, remind yourself not to use any tools that scratch at the auto glass, or you could be facing a bigger problem than the sticky sticker. In other words, don’t start shedding that college parking decal with your car key or a screwdriver. At the same time, don’t use your shaving razor to peel the sticker off. Just because some people on the internet recommended using these items does not mean that they know best. If you must use a tool at all to remove the sticker, purchase a special windshield-safe razor blade handle from your local auto store. These razor blade handles are meant to be used on glass.

Spray the Glass with Water

When you’re ready to remove that old decal, spray the area with water. Although this won’t create a big difference, it will help soften the sticker a little, making it easier to use products on it and remove it once and for all.

Rip the Sticker from One Corner at a Time

Afterward, start to pick at a corner of the sticker with your fingernail. Then, when the corner is released from the glass, use it to peel the entire sticker diagonally, so as to minimize the amount of times the sticker rips. If the sticker begins to rip, pick at another corner that’s intact and use that corner to peel the sticker diagonally once more. Repeat this step until a big portion of the sticker has been removed.

Use WD-40, Rubbing Alcohol, or Acetone

Now that most of the sticker is gone, use WD-40 (highly recommended), rubbing alcohol, or acetone to remove the remnants of the sticker as well as the glue. Spray or rub one of these products on the sticker, being very careful not to get the substance on the car’s paint, and let the product set for a minute.

Use the Special Razor Blade

This is when you can use that special auto glass razor blade mentioned earlier. Even though it is designed to be used on glass, use it cautiously. Slowly and gently slide it against the sticker, peeling the paper and glue as you go.

Clean the Glass with Water and a Microfiber Cloth

After using the special razor blade, any trace of the sticker should be gone. However, there might be a tiny amount of glue left behind, and so it is important to clean the glass at this time. Simply start out by spraying water over the area and then wipe the water off using a microfiber cloth. Microfiber cloths are soft on glass, making them ideal for cleaning cars. This step should get rid of the glue; though, it is still a good idea to go ahead and wash the glass properly using a windshield cleaner.

Sure, removing a decal off of auto glass can be an exasperating process, but with the right tools and products, you can do it without damaging the window. Just follow these steps provided and you’ll have an easy time and a great outcome. Your car’s glass will look untouched, so much so that you will think you had never placed a sticker in the first place.

Averting Windshield Replacement by Cleaning Both Sides

muddy-windshieldWhen people clean their cars, they often wash off the grime that’s on the outside while forgetting that the inside of their car gets dirty too. Sometimes, people do remember to clean inside the vehicle, but they neglect to clean the windows and windshield internally. Thus, no matter how many times they target outside dirt, smears and streaks remain. From daily breathing and heat, the car’s glass is bound to fog up and look unclean. Over time, this buildup can ruin the condition of the glass, make it more susceptible to worse damage, and blur the driver’s visibility. All of this can force the driver to get windshield replacement at one point or another, and so it is important to remember to clean the glass on the inside just like the outside in order to avoid such matter. Here’s all you need to know about cleaning the glass on the inside:

Invest In a Microfiber Cloth – You can get a microfiber cloth at most stores and supermarkets. They’re very inexpensive. You should purchase at least two microfiber cloths, as you will use them to clean and dry the glass. The reason they are ideal for auto glass is the fact that they are soft and gentle. They don’t scratch at the glass surface, which is perfect for maintaining the windshield and windows in tiptop shape. This makes them safer to use than sponges and rags, which are rough and can scratch at the glass, even though the roughness is invisible to the human eye.

The Cleaning Process – With the two microfiber cloths, cleaning the glass will be easy and quick. Using an auto glass cleaning solution, pour a small amount on one of the microfiber cloths and use that cloth to wipe the dirt, dust, and smudges off the glass. Get in all the corners and edges of the windshield and windows, since they can conceal a lot of dirt. Once you’ve wiped all the areas, take the other microfiber cloth and use it to dry the glass. Don’t forget this crucial step, because it’ll mean the difference between having clear glass and hazy glass. Plus, doing this keeps the glass polished and free from scratches that could force you to get a windshield replacement.

Hard to Reach Edges – It’s not easy cleaning a windshield from the inside of a vehicle, particularly because the bottom edge is far from a front passenger’s reach (unless that passenger has really long arms or is super tall). So if you’re attempting to clean the glass, you might find yourself extending your arm in an uncomfortable way just to wipe off those hard to reach areas. You might even find yourself wiping unevenly, leaving some areas as they are. This problem, however, can be solved without a lot of difficulty. All you have to do is grab a long, sturdy item you can find around your house. Anything can work, such as a ruler, a cooking spoon, or even a pen. You can use the same or similar items to move the microfiber cloths around in those hard to reach edges. Pretend they are pointers that push the cloths around in areas that are difficult to wipe with your own hand.

Benefits – This gentle method of cleaning with a microfiber cloth ensures that you don’t cause damage to the glass while removing dirt. After all, it’s not convenient to clean the windows and windshield only to create scratches. When you spend at least ten minutes of your time wiping your car’s interior glass properly, you keep it in a good condition and save yourself from having to get windows or windshield replacement.

A scratched glass can cost you a lot of money to repair or replace altogether. Yet, preventing windows and windshield replacement doesn’t have to be complicated. By simply cleaning the glass, both inside and out, you would be doing a wonderful job of keeping it in a great condition. Follow these easy tips mentioned here to maintain your auto glass.

When Should You Replace Windshield?

crackedYour car is practically brand new and everything is running in perfect condition. Though, while you’re driving on the highway to go to work one morning, a big truck in front of you advertising fresh produce unintentionally chucks pebbles from the ground with its tires. A few of the pebbles hit your windshield, and now you have a tiny chip in the glass. It’s not a large chip, but you have a feeling it could lead to worse damage, especially if you have to use your windshield wipers at some point. So what should you do? Is it critical that you replace windshield or can you leave it as it is for an extent of time and hope that the glass stays intact? We have all the answers to your questions about your windshield’s shape.

Replacing vs. Repairing Windshield

Just because your car’s windshield has been blemished doesn’t mean that you will need to replace windshield. There are a few instances where the glass can be repaired. Nevertheless, you should always take matters seriously when it comes to any sort of damage to your car’s glass. Even the smallest flaw in the windshield can be harmful to you, so if you find any faults, take your car to an auto glass repair shop right away and have a certified technician exam the windshield.

Scratched Glass

Having a scratched windshield is not a severe damage since it won’t cause the glass to shatter. Though, if your car has scratched glass, then you shouldn’t avoid the problem thinking that it won’t affect you. Scratches are still very dangerous, as they can obstruct your visibility on the road and make you more accident-prone. Thus, it is still necessary to take your car to an auto glass repair shop to have the windshield repaired.

Chipped Glass

A chipped windshield, like a scratched windshield, isn’t the worst to have. Yet, neglecting a chip can lead to worse damage, like a big crack. The good news with chips is that they can be filled in, especially if they are not directly in the driver’s line of vision. Therefore, though you might not end up needing to replace windshield if it has a chip, it is still important that you take your car to an auto glass technician as soon as possible so that the chip can be taken care of before it becomes something more extreme.

Cracked Glass

Scratches and chips might not be too critical, but a cracked glass is. If your windshield has a crack, then you should immediately stop driving your car and have it towed to an auto glass repair shop. Cracks are extremely dangerous, particularly because they obstruct the driver’s vision and could leave the glass weak and cause it to shatter. If you don’t want to replace the windshield, a certified technician can always repair any cracks. However, keep in mind that repairing cracks won’t make them disappear; though it will prevent them from spreading.

Shattered Windshield

If your windshield shattered, then you should definitely replace it as soon as possible. However, just like with a cracked windshield, get your car towed to an auto glass repair shop. Never drive your own car anywhere if the glass shattered, or else the car’s roof might collapse on you, putting you and the lives of others on the road in danger. In addition, you could be issued a fine here in Florida for driving with a damaged or broken windshield.

Pay Special Attention to Windshield Damage in Extreme Weather

Cracks and chips should be dealt with right away if you live somewhere with extremely cold or hot weather, like Florida. While you’re waiting to repair such damages, dirt and moisture can get into the inner layer of the windshield and leave stains. The longer you wait, the higher the chance that you’ll end up replacing the entire windshield.

Whether your windshield has scratches, chips, or cracks or has shattered completely, you should take your car to an auto glass repair shop as fast as you can to either repair or replace windshield. Don’t ignore a defective windshield, and if you can’t take your car to the shop right away, carpool with friends or take the bus. Your safety and the safety of others on the road are very important.