Your Clearly Tough windshield is one of the toughest around. It’s the perfect fit for rough outdoor riding. But it is bound to get dirty. After all, are you really riding if you never get dirt, mud or bugs on your vehicle? Luckily, our polycarbonate windshields are pretty easy to clean.
Polycarbonate windshields are 250 times stronger than glass. You won’t want to clean your polycarbonate windshield in the same way you would a glass windshield, however. You need to care for it differently to keep it working and looking its best. We’ve compiled some tips that will help you keep your windshield clean, without scratching it or shortening its life.
Keep in mind that these suggestions will work well for Clearly Tough scratch resistant windshields. If your windshield is any other brand, and is NOT scratch resistant you may get microscratches using some of these techniques. Uncoated polycarbonate scratches incredibly easily, even with soft items such as paper towels. This is why we only use scratch resistant hard coated polycarbonate at Clearly Tough.
Follow these steps to safely clean your Clearly Tough windshield:
- Pre-rinse your windshield with water to remove the dirt and grime or any other material on the surface.
- Using a cloth or paper towel, gently wash the windshield using a mild soap or detergent. Liquid dish soap or hand washing soap are both great options.
- Thoroughly rinse the windshield with clean water windshield to remove any remaining cleaner residue.
- Dry with a cloth, paper towel or chamois to prevent water spotting.
Here are some things to avoid:
- Don’t use ammonia containing cleaners such as Windex or 409, on your windshield. Ammonia is rough on polycarbonate. Avoid solvents such as gasoline, denatured alcohol or acetone as well.
- Don’t use abrasive or alkaline cleaners on your windshield.
- Don’t clean your windshield while it is dry. Rinse it with water first.
- Avoid automotive rain repellents.
- Don’t scrub your windshield with brushes, steel wool or other abrasive materials.
- Don’t use squeegees, razor blades or other sharp instruments to remove deposits or spots.
You can find cleaners designed specifically for cleaning and polishing polycarbonate windshields on the market. We recommend thoroughly researching any of those before purchasing. Also, keep in mind that they might not be necessary. You can get your windshield really clean using soap and water.
Extend the life of your windshield by properly cleaning it. Using the tips above, you can avoid scratching or crazing it and keep it looking good. It’s easy to do and, if done properly, your windshield will be in good shape for years to come.