Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: How Should I Clean My Wiper Blades?

asked by on

How should I clean my wiper blades?

A: Wipers should be checked and cleaned every ...

Wipers should be checked and cleaned every time you stop to fill your tank up. Since wiper blades are subject to all sorts of dirt and debris, you should clean the blades regularly when cleaning your windshield to protect and extend the life of these valuable parts. Keeping the windshield clear also helps to extend blade life.

Many different brands of wiper blade cleaner are on the market for this purpose which either use tools to scrape the blade edge and remove small burrs which can lead to streaking, or some form of cleaning agent to wipe away the debris.

An easy way to clean your wipers is to use a clean dry lint free rag and some rubbing alcohol. Soak the rag with some alcohol and then wipe the blade from end to end in one direction. You will be amazed at the amount of dirt this will remove and the performance that it will restore to your wipers.

You can also use a clean rag soaked with clean washer fluid. I have also used small alcohol wipes which are similar to, but not the same as those you would use to clean up after eating some barbecued chicken. The main theme here is to keep the blades clean for a streak free, hassle free clear windshield. And of course, if cleaning the blades does not result in smooth clear vision, always replace them for safety.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: All lights come on and the gages, radio, heater, window wipers don't work and car won't come out of park.

This is a known issue with the Chrysler Pacifica related to a shifter interlock mechanism that sits down in the shifter console. This is a small plastic piece with a hook on the end of it connected to a spring....

Q: Windshield wipers not working

Hi. There are a number of reasons why the wipers would stop working on your car. Most of the time if they stop all together it is because you have a blown fuse. The fuse typically blows because the motor...

Q: Why do my wipers not shut off right away when I turn them off on my 2006 Honda Civic

Hello. The wipers are designed to continue to move until they reach their final rest position. If they continue to work longer then that then usually it is one of two issues. It can be an issue with the relay...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.