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Everyone likes a nice, clean car windshield. After all, it is what we look through in order to see the road ahead and safely arrive to and from our destination. However, a lot of unwanted substances and debris can accumulate on our car windows over weeks, days, and years. Think about all the bumper stickers, car maintenance stickers, bugs, dirt, and water spots that appear on our windshields at one time or another. This leads to a lot of gunk and build-up that can make our vehicles look old and run down.


Sometimes, a car wash isn’t enough to completely clean off all this built up gunk, especially if you don’t regularly wash your car, which, let’s face it, most of us fall short of remembering that extra task. Auto glass is special, though, so it has to be cleaned with care in order to protect it, which is why auto glass specialists recommend fool-proof, but safe, ways to remove any unwanted residue from your vehicle windows. Here are five different ways you can remove various kinds of substances from your vehicle.


1. Natural Products

Many ordinary products that you most likely already have in your home, such as warm water, baking soda, or rubbing alcohol, can be used to remove things like stickers and water spots from a windshield. Our auto glass specialists know how frustrating it can be to spend money on special car cleaners just to use a few times here and there. That’s why we first recommend trying to clean tough spots with certain household products that are often multiuse. Hot water mixed with liquid soap, baking soda mixed with oil, and rubbing alcohol all are good ways to remove sticker residue from windows. Rubbing alcohol can also be used to remove dried tree sap from windows, simply by soaking the affected area and then rubbing away with a rag.


2. Bug Removal Methods

Something an auto glass specialist sees a lot of are windshields littered with dead bugs. There’s really no way around this problem, since anytime you drive your car is a chance to hit at least one bug. And, if you don’t wipe them off right away, those buggers can be a pain to scrub off. There a lot of bug removal sprays out there that will do the trick, but you might just check to see if you have any WD-40 in your home. It might sound odd, but it works! All you have to do is soak the area with the WD-40 and gently scrub at it with a dish sponge, wiping it clean afterward.


3. Ice Cold

Have you ever had gum stuck on your windshield? People can be mean. Accidents happen. However it got there, it needs to go. Pulling off sticky, mushy gum is gross, but also doesn’t work well; hardening the gum will make it easier to get off (with gloves). Leave an ice pack or a small bag of ice on the gum for a few minutes, and then try to gently scrape off the gum when it solidifies. This also can work for decal residue!


4. Made-for-Windshield Sprays

If all else fails, there are a lot of products on the market that can successfully remove stubborn gunk off of your vehicle windows. Your best bet is to ask an auto glass specialist for recommendations or do some online research to look at product reviews before buying. This will help to prevent you from buying products that advertise one thing but fall short of their claims.


5. Contact an Auto Glass Specialist

If you’ve scraped, scuffed, or scratched your windshield and are looking for a repair, you can call an auto glass specialist here at Fast Glass Service in Conway. We can get your windshield looking brand new, without any undesirable residue. If you’d like to schedule a visit, we can be reached at 800-242-5644.