Cleaning UTV Windshields
Your Clearly Tough windshield is designed to take a beating. It is made from one of the toughest materials on the market. This makes it 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 machine?
We want you to get the most out of your riding experiences. We also want you to stay safe on the trail. You need to see to be able to do that, which means you are going to need to clean your windshield rather often. Luckily, our polycarbonate windshields are pretty easy to clean.
Polycarbonate windshields are stronger than glass. The polycarbonate material is perfect for taking the abuse you expose your machine to. You won’t want to clean your 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.
You can clean your windshield while it is on your vehicle, as shown below. Or you can simply remove it and clean it separately from your vehicle if that is easier for you. Our easy on/easy off mounting system will allow you to remove or install your windshield in a matter of seconds. This makes cleaning it even easier.
Follow these steps to safely clean your windshield:
- Pre-rinse your windshield with water to remove the dirt and grime or any other material on the surface.
- Using a soft cloth, gently wash the windshield using a mild soap or detergent. Baby shampoo, liquid dish soap or hand washing soap are all great options.
- Thoroughly rinse the windshield with clean water windshield to remove any remaining cleaner residue.
- Dry with a soft cloth 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.
- Do not apply cleaners under direct sunlight or at elevated temperatures.
- Don’t scrub your windshield in a circular motion. Go side to side.
Some cleaners are available that are made specifically for cleaning and polishing polycarbonate UTV windshields. We recommend thoroughly researching any of those before purchasing. Also, keep in mind that you can get your windshield really clean by using water and a mild soap.
The tips above will help you safely clean your windshield. You can avoid any scratching or crazing and extend the life of your windshield by properly cleaning it. Keeping your windshield clean is important for your safety and enjoyment on the trail. It’s really easy to do. And if it is done properly, your windshield will be in good shape for years to come.