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How to maintain your wiper blades

Caring for your wiper blades is an important part of car maintenance often overlooked. If you care for your windscreen wiper blades, they will last you much longer than a set of blades that have been left out in the weather to deteriorate. We are often asked what the best way is to protect our new replacement windscreen wiper blades, therefore we have put together the below list. 

Clean them frequently

We suggest wiping down your blades once every week with some warm soapy water. This will remove any dirt or build up of debris that has formed on your wiper blade. We suggest using a soft cloth for this. 

Use an approved detergent mixture

Using a detergent mix in your car washer fluid bottle is a great way to lubricate and clean your windscreen wipers while you’re driving. The solution allows for a softer wipe and thus prevents additional wear on the rubber blade. 

Using your washer fluid frequently

You should never use your car windscreen wipers on a dry windscreen. Wipers are designed to remove water from the windscreen and not dirt and or dust. Always squirt your windscreen before you switch on your wipers. Failing to do this could scratch or damage your windscreen.

Clean your windscreen

Always keep your car windscreen clean and free from dirt and bugs. When you fuel up your car, just give your front windscreen a wipe down and remove all the excess dirt and bugs from your vehicle. This will make for a safer drive whilst also protecting your wipers

Avoid harsh chemicals

Some cleaning detergents and solutions are very strong and can cause damage to the rubber on the wiper blades if left on your vehicle for a longer period of time. We suggest either popping or removing your wipers if you wish to wash your car using these harsh cleaning chemicals. 

Avoid damage to the arm

When you are washing your vehicle, try not to hit or run your hand into the wiper blades on your vehicle. This could damage the rubber or bend the wiper arms. We also suggest avoiding automatic car washes as quite often these machines will cause damage to your wipers, wiper motors and your antenna if you have an external one fitted on your vehicle. 

We hope the above tips help you in caring for your car or truck windscreen wiper blades. Like most things in life, being careful and proactive about wiper care will help your wipers last much longer thus saving you money in the long run. 

Written by David Harris

David is a lover of all things automotive and has been working on or around cars for the past 15 years. As a wiper blade expert, David spends most of his time at Wipers Direct helping with testing, fitting and researching wiper blades.

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