If you’re the type of driver who prefers a spotless view from behind the wheel, then you probably switch on those wipers the moment a few small drops of rain hit your windshield. There’s also a good chance that you let the attendant clean it with a chamois and a squeegee whenever you gas up at a station.
No matter what you do, however, a dirty windshield is almost inevitable when you live in a very polluted area such as Metro Manila. There will always be dirt and gunk buildup present, especially now that the rainy season has officially begun.
Regardless if you’re a meticulous driver or not, you should still learn to keep your windshield wiper blades clean. When the storms hit, keeping a clear windshield will not only be a matter of car hygiene and cleanliness, but of road safety as well. Since dirty wipers won’t get the job done right, maintaining them in tip-top shape will be key—especially during the rainy season.
To help you guys out, we’ve come up with the simplest step-by-step procedure we could think of on how to clean your windshield wiper blades. Check it out below.
1) Rub the wiper blades with washer fluid or soap.
Lift the wiper blades from your windshield to make it easier to clean the rubber. Then, using only a small amount of washer fluid—yes, the one you use with your wiper—rub it onto to the edge of your wiper blades using a clean rag. If you don’t have any, you can use hot, soapy water instead. This will clean off any dirt that the wiper may have collected over time. Make sure to rub back and forth and to wipe the hinged areas of the blade as well.
2) Rinse with water and wipe with a clean, dry cloth.
Once you’ve wiped off the dirt on the blades, rinse it clean with water—this should be easy for either soap or washer fluid. Then, rub the wipers dry for a more thorough cleaning.
3) Wipe blades with rubbing alcohol.
When you finish drying the wipers with a cloth, then it’s time to apply some alcohol on the rubber. Wipe a small amount of alcohol on the blades to remove the remaining soap or fluids that may have not been successfully rinsed off. Once the alcohol dries, you will then be sure that your wiper blades are fully clean.
Once you’ve done all three, be sure to properly clean your windshield as well. Your wipers, no matter how good they are, will not be able to wipe off the oil and gunk buildup on the glass. Washer fluid might help, but it’ll be better to clean the windshield manually for good measure.
If you’ve given all of these methods a try and your wiper blades still smear the glass when you use them, then they’re probably just plain old. Age might have taken its toll, and the rubber on the wiper blades might have worn out. At that point, you should already grab some new ones at the nearest shop before it starts raining cats and dogs.