No one wants to deal with the stress and expense of a chip or crack. As a result, we all try to avoid windscreen damage where we can. However, there are quite a few common causes of damage that might surprise you. It is best to avoid these common causes and issues and, with luck, you can catch damage before it is too late. So to avoid expensive windscreen repairs or even windscreen replacement, then explore our list of 6 ways you are damaging your windscreen.
1: Cold and Heat
Fluctuations in temperature can be incredibly damaging to your windscreen. Drastic changes in weather, as well as competing extreme temperatures can cause a great deal of damage to your windscreen. For example, if it is hot outside, then it is likely you have your air conditioning up high. These competing temperatures can cause glass to contract and expand. As a result, it is important not to go overboard with cooling or heating. Keeping this in mind can go a long way in preventing damage to your windscreen.
2: Dirt and Grime
While a little dirt or dust on your windscreen might not look like much, it can be extremely dangerous for your windscreen. If a pebble hits your clean windscreen the impact should be evenly distributed. But if your windscreen is dirty, the risk of damage increases. This is because your windscreen no longer has a safe, even surface. Don’t risk a full windscreen replacement; keep your windscreen clean!
3: Wiper Blades
Wiper blades degrade over time and as their surfaces wear away, the hard plastic is exposed. Your wiper blades may look like they’re working properly, they might actually be causing unseen damage. As a result, this can gradually weaken your windscreen. It is important that you change your wiper blades every season. After all, it is cheaper to buy four sets of wiper blades than to repair or replace your windscreen.
While it might sound strange, where you park your car can have an impact on your windscreen. It is important to avoid parking under trees where you can. Unfortunately, cars that park under trees are a greater target for bird droppings. Bird droppings contain high levels of uric acid which can cause windscreen blemishes if the droppings are left to harden. Removing hard droppings can also damage your windscreen. As a result, we have created the following list of tips to safely remove bird droppings:
- Clean your windscreen immediately if you see bird droppings. The longer you leave them untreated, the harder they will be to remove
- Hard bird droppings can be soaked with a sponge and warm water. This will soften and loosen them up
- Do not scrub the glass right away so you avoid scratching the windscreen. Wait until you’re sure the droppings have softened
- After you’ve soaked the area, gently rub it with a sponge and soapy water. If there are still droppings present, use a squeegee to finish cleaning them up
5: Cleaning Your Car
You might be surprised to know that improper cleaning can do incredible amounts of damage to your windscreen.
Sponges can end up being incredibly harmful for your glass. As a result, it is important to avoid them when you can unless you need to use them to remove bird droppings. They can hold a large amount of grime that will scratch your windscreen.
Using a towel to dry your windscreen is also dangerous. They are far too coarse and scratch away the surface of the windscreen.
It is important to choose the right cleaning products for your windshield. Household cleaning products contain chemicals like ammonia, which leaves streaks on your windscreen, creating glare when you drive. It is also extremely damaging to tinted glass. If you don’t want to risk a windscreen replacement, avoid products with ammonia entirely.
Products for Windscreen Cleaning
A pair of microfibre clothes, for washing and drying, are ideal. Microfibre is soft and smooth, which prevents scratches. When it comes to cleaning products and chemicals, it is recommended that you get products specifically designed for cleaning your car and windscreen.
Driving itself causes windscreen damage. No matter how diligent you are with windscreen care and maintenance, your daily driving will cause wear and tear. As a result, it is important to make time to check your windscreen health. By keeping your car and windscreen in top shape, it requires constant upkeep. While your windscreen is durable, it needs proper care and maintenance. You can contact a skilled windscreen repair and replacement company, like Quality Fit Windscreens, to routinely heck the health of your windscreen. They can also assess any small chips you might have for repair and to avoid replacement.
If you would like someone to check your windscreen today, contact the team at Quality Fit Windscreens today!