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How do you clean windshield wipers?

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Clean windshield wipers using a soft cloth soaked in rubbing alcohol. Alcohol removes dirt and grime and refreshes the blade against the sun's heat.

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Wiper blade maintenance begins with an exam before the cleaning.

  1. Check the blades for tearing, fraying or cracking
  2. Auto maintenance sites recommend replacing blades every 6 months to a year. Visible signs of wear means it's time to replace the blades.

  3. Clean the blades with cloth soaked with white vinegar
  4. Clean the blades and allow the vinegar to soak into the rubber. Wipe the blades with a second cloth soaked in water to remove the excess vinegar.

  5. Wipe the blades with petroleum jelly
  6. The petroleum jelly softens the rubber and allows it to work better on the windshield. Allow the petroleum jelly to air dry.

Regularly checking the blades and keeping them clean and maintained will extend their life.

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