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When driving in Tampa, FL, and the surrounding areas, you’ll frequently need to use your windshield wiper blades. During the afternoon rain and thunderstorms and occasional tropical storms, you rely on the windshield wipers to maintain your visibility. Use these tips for keeping your windshield wiper blades clean and find out why doing so is a wise choice.

Inspect and Wash the Blades

Once each month, wash the wiper blades with glass cleaner and warm water, explains Consumer Reports. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe them clean. As you dry each blade, look for cracks or deterioration of the rubber. Run your finger along the rubber. If you notice warping, cracking, peeling, or flaking, it’s a good idea to replace the blades. Be sure to replace both blades at the same time.

Park Carefully

Park your vehicle strategically. Parking under a tree could result in sap, pollen, pine needles, or bird droppings on your wiper blades or windshield. These materials contain acids that damage the rubber wiper blades. Direct sunlight also causes degradation of rubber. When possible, park in a garage or covered parking space. Although ice and snow are extremely rare in Tampa, they can happen. If there’s a risk of ice or snow, pull the wiper arms away from your windshield. This prevents the blades from freezing onto the glass.

Use the Right Windshield Washer Fluid

The right windshield washer fluid makes a big difference to the lifespan and cleanliness of your wiper blades. Use the right blend for the season and your climate. If you’re leaving the Tampa area in order to vacation in a cooler climate, you might need to change the formulation of the windshield washer fluid for your trip. Never let the fluid run dry. Running the wiper blades without windshield washer fluid could damage them.

To learn more about the importance of caring for your windshield wiper blades, check out Mr. Auto Glass’s auto glass services, or contact us for additional information.

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