Car windshields and windows have come a long way in the last 50 years, becoming safer, easier to install and easier to maintain a clear bright view of the road.
Today’s protective glasses are made from laminated safety glass, made from polyvinyl butyral it is a type of treated glass, which consists of two (typically) curved sheets of glass with a plastic layer laminated between them for safety, and are bonded into the window frame.
This kind of glass does not shatter when broken which gives it a characteristic web look
In addition to providing a form of beauty and durability to your car, the windshield, mirror and side windows protects the vehicle’s occupant from wind and flying debris like; dust, insects, and rocks. So, we are no longer exposed to the elements.
Never-the-less, these things need to be maintained in order to ensure a good motoring experience and a safer drive. There are also standards that need to be maintained by law.
Windshield Repair and Replacement
In the case of a stone chip or crack damage on your windshield, minor repairs can be done which doesn’t require total replacement of the windshield.
This process involves drilling into the fractured glass to reach the lamination area then the special clear adhesive resin is injected under pressure and then cured with ultraviolet light.
Some motorists might be guided by the misconception that windshield wiper fluid doesn’t need to be changed because it’s not used on a regular basis.
However, fluid can expire more quickly than one realize, causing nothing but water to squirt from the wipers.
Choose a good auto glass cleaner. Select a glass cleaner that does not contain ammonia or alcohol. Beyond the obvious health concerns of inhaling these fumes, ammonia fumes cause vinyl, plastic and rubber to dry out and will damage any tint your window may have.
Find an eco-friendly products like “eco touch-window cleaner” or similar. Even good old metho is still hard to beat.
Another important step to take in cleaning your windows is to choose the perfect cleaning towel.
This can be an important decision to make as choosing the right one will make all the difference.
Choose a high-quality, glass cleaning microfiber towel of at least 300 GSM. Microfiber towels can hold up to eight times their weight in water, are lint-free and will not cause scratches as it was designed to lift up dirt electrostatically rather than dragging them across the glass.
It is important to note that you should avoid getting stray sprays from other cleaning products on your freshly cleaned glass while you are cleaning the entire interior or exterior of your car.
You can do this by saving your glass for last or simply by spraying your window cleaner (and other applicable interior auto detailing products) onto the microfiber towel and not directly on the surface.
Remember when cleaning your windows or mirrors to use one towel (or one side of a towel) to wipe the surface clean, and a second to buff the surface to a residue-free shine.
Not only do you need two clean towel surface per swipe, but per window. The last thing you want to do is spread the dirt that you have wiped off of your windshield onto the next window you clean.
To prevent a spotty residue, avoid cleaning your vehicle’s window in direct sunlight or very hot conditions if possible because of quick evaporation of liquid which leaves the fumes which when inhaled could pose a serious health risk, that is, for those using window cleaners containing harsh chemicals.
Commonly, the easiest place to overlook when cleaning your car’s window is the small edging area at the top of the window.
Often, this area is especially dirty from the buildup of rubber lip. Be sure you roll each window down several inches to clean this area on both the interior and exterior of the glass.