How to take care of your wiper blades

There are few parts of your car that must withstand as much as your windshield wiper blades. Exposed to all weathers and driven head on into grit and debris, they can quickly get damaged and worn down. When they do, driving in adverse weather conditions can become dangerous. Which is why damaged wiper blades are a common reason for MOT failures, with 8.5% of failures attributed to faults related to the driver’s view of the road.

It is therefore essential to regularly maintain your wiper blades which will not only increase their longevity but boost their performance. Using these following steps will help keep your wiper blades in tip-top condition.

Clean twice a week

Clean twice a week

When driving, your wiper blades gather a lot of grit and debris, even when not being operated. This increases wear and can also cause scratches on your windscreen. Regularly cleaning your wiper blades is therefore important, and we suggest you do so twice a week.

Use windscreen cleaning liquid and water to wipe down your blades, removing any dirt. Then wipe the blades with an isopropyl alcohol, which will remove any residue left by the cleaning product, preventing smearing on your windscreen.  Be aware, the longer you leave it before cleaning your wiper blades, the higher the build-up of dirt and grit, and the harder it will be to clean them.

Clean your windscreen

Clean your windscreen

Protecting your wiper blades in cold weather is important and fully defrosting your windscreen before activating your wipers is essential.

If you fail to do so, the wiper blades may still be frozen to the windscreen and moving them may cause irreversible damage. Therefore, use a de-icer and avoid using your wipers as a method of clearing the ice. Doing so could also transfer grit or ice onto the blades which causes wear.

Thoroughly defrost your windscreen

Thoroughly defrost your windscreen

Protecting your wiper blades in cold weather is important and fully defrosting your windscreen before activating your wipers is essential.

If you fail to do so, the wiper blades may still be frozen to the windscreen and moving them may cause irreversible damage. Therefore, use a de-icer and avoid using your wipers as a method of clearing the ice. Doing so could also transfer grit or ice onto the blades which causes wear.

Reposition Blades in winter

Reposition Blades in winter

One of the best measures you can take to protect your wiper blades is to reposition them away from the windscreen. This is effective when you are not using your car for long periods of time or in periods of cold weather. Less dirt will then gather and you won’t need to worry about your blades getting frozen to the windscreen- although you will still need to defrost your windscreen fully!

Repositioning your blades is easy, simply lift the blades away from the windscreen so that there is no contact. If you will not be using the car for a while, you can then remove the wiper blades and store them in a dry place at room temperature.

Replace regularly

Replace regularly

Wiper blades are exposed to a lot and will inevitably wear over time. For rubber blades, it is expected that this will result in needing to replace them annually.

Silicone wiper blades are more resistant against heat, cold and UV rays and generally last twice as long as standard rubber wiper blades.

Of course, this is general guidance, and you should conduct regular checks for signs of wear and damage. The main things to look out for are any visible cracks or tears. Also check that the blade is securely fastened to the wind screen wiper arm.

If there are clear signs of damage or wear, you will need to replace your wiper blades. Before doing so, use our vehicle registration number tool which will indicate the correct type of blade for your car.

You can use our guide to finding the correct wiper blade size to help you with this.

Through our WeFit service, we can also change your blades for you.

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