When you think about vehicle maintenance, your windshield is probably one of the last things to come to mind. But you can weaken your windshield or even damage it by failing to care for it properly.


Since your windshield provides up to 30% of your vehicle’s structural strength, it’s imperative that it remain in excellent condition. Otherwise, it may not be capable of helping your airbags deploy properly or supporting the roof of your vehicle in the event of a collision or rollover.


Not sure you’re maintaining your windshield properly? The auto glass repair experts at Only 1 Auto Glass explain four ways you might be inadvertently damaging your auto glass and what you should do instead.


Not Replacing Your Windshield Wiper Blades Regularly

How often do you replace your wiper blades? Every six months to a year? If not, you’re may be damaging your windshield without knowing it.


The rubber on your wiper blades deteriorates over time, and as it does, the metal component of the blade begins to make contact with your windshield. Even if you don’t notice an audible scraping sound while your wipers operate, that metal may be etching tiny scratches into your auto glass.


If you’re in the habit of neglecting your wiper blades, you should have your windshield inspected for signs of damage that may weaken the glass. If a technician locates scratches, windshield scratch repair is a quick, simple, and highly affordable procedure that will help protect the integrity of your auto glass and by extension, the integrity of your vehicle.


Allowing Dirt and Debris to Accumulate on Your Windshield

Letting your windshield get dirty might seem harmless, but even small amounts of debris and dirt can etch tiny scratches in the glass over time. Keeping your windshield clean and clear will help maintain the integrity of your auto glass by preventing minor scratches from forming.


If you notice your wiper blades aren’t cleaning your windshield efficiently, it’s time to replace them. You should also top up your wiper fluid at every service interval or if you notice your fluid sprayers are emitting a low-pressure stream of fluid.  


Improper De-Icing

There are a few safe ways to de-ice your windshield, and if you’re doing it improperly, you’re probably weakening your auto glass. To de-ice your windshield safely, you can:


●        Use a plastic scraping tool designed specifically for de-icing

●        Use your defroster on a low setting to help melt snow and ice

●        Use alcohol or room temperature water if you’re in a hurry and don’t have the proper de-icing tools on hand


If you’re pounding or hacking at the ice on your windshield, even if you’re using a plastic tool, use minimal pressure instead. And if you’re in the habit of cranking your defrost to high, opt for a lower temperature setting instead and gradually increase the temperature as the glass warms up.


Harsh de-icing methods can create small chips or cracks in your auto glass, which will necessitate prompt windshield repair. Without immediate attention, the damage is likely to spread with exposure to temperature fluctuations throughout the day.


Using the Wrong Cleaning Products

Cleaning your windshield with the wrong products can be just as bad as not cleaning it at all. Harsh cleaners that contain ammonia or detergents aren’t designed for auto glass, especially if your vehicle windows have tint. These types of cleaners can create a buildup of film on the surface of your windows or cause streaking, which can impede your visibility on the road.


Using sponges or towels to clean your auto glass can also cause damage. Because they can trap small rocks and other pieces of debris against the glass as you clean, using these tools puts your windshield at risk for scratches.


To avoid windshield scratch repairs, always use cleaning products that are specifically designated for auto glass. And if you do notice a scratch or two, schedule an auto glass repair appointment promptly to maintain the integrity of your windshield.


Need Windshield Repairs in the Twin Cities? Visit Only 1 Auto Glass

If you notice your vehicle has minor windshield damage, bring it to our team at Only 1 Auto Glass. We specialize in windshield scratch repair, chip repair, and crack repair and if you can’t come to us, our mobile repair team can come to you. To get started with your repair, give us a call at 651-789-1111, request a free estimate, or contact us online for more information.