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Ice is something that we want to have in our drink on a hot summer day but not on our vehicles on a cold winter morning. But what can happen if you just leave the ice to sit on your car? Well, first of all, that can compromise visibility and second of all, car paint can get damaged when pieces of ice start sliding off. This is why it’s best to keep your vehicle clean all winter long or at least through the majority of it.
Cleaning Ice From Your Car
Start with Snow
- In order for this to be effective, first, make sure you start out by cleaning snow. Clear out snow from your vehicle with tools especially made for this such as a foam brush. Doing so you’ll avoid damaging your vehicle especially when you need to remove ice from the car which can be a bit trickier than getting rid of snow. A foam brush is best used by pulling the snow and not pushing it off your car. Start from the top of your car and pull the snow across in a straight line.
- Make sure to do this backward across the top so you make a vertical line through the snow. Do this across the whole vehicle, starting from the front and slowly working your way to the back. Only remove snow that poses a safety risk to you and other drivers. Avoid scraping off stuck-on snow as it is not a safety risk unless you have it on the windows.
- This is where you remove ice from the car and stuck-on snow that obstructs your visibility by using your vehicle’s heating to help make the whole process a lot easier. Turn on your heating set on the highest setting, make sure you turn off the inside air circulation, and open up your windows slightly if you’re able to.
- For this next step, you’ll need a commercial de-icer to make this whole process more effective. Spray the solution on your windshield by applying it at the top and then proceeding to spray it on towards the bottom of the windshield. Next, get yourself a scraper and start scraping the windshield gently. Make sure to do so in broad strokes across the windshield. If you do not have de-icer you can use rubbing alcohol or try making a DIY solution from 1/3 part water and 2/3 parts vinegar. You make the solution by adding the vinegar into the water and then mixing it in a spray bottle. Again, use a scraper the same way you do with a de-icer in order to get rid of the ice.
Water should never be used to get rid of ice from your vehicle. Remember, water is what ice essentially is. By pouring hot water on the windshield you may think you’ll get rid of ice but the shock from the water and the difference in temperature can cause the windshield to crack.
You should also avoid using anything else other than a car ice scraper. This is because a car ice scraper is made specifically for removing ice from your vehicle. Items such as credit cards and other similarly shaped or sharp objects can not only damage your windshield but you can also end up damaging them as well.
The best way to deal with ice on your vehicle is with simple car tips that will prevent it from forming in the first place. For starters, you can spray your windshield and windows every night using the same vinegar solution mentioned above.
Saltwater can be helpful too if you don’t have vinegar or alcohol. In this case, you’ll want to do this by soaking a towel in water first and then sprinkling half a cup of salt. Place the towel in the evening and then in the morning you’ll just peel it off and go about your business.
You can also put on a windshield cover, so that ice can form on it rather than onto the windshield. If you don’t have a windshield cover you can use car mats instead as they too work really well at fending off ice from your windshield.
Changing the way you park your car will de-frost your vehicle with the help of mother nature. Just park your car facing east, this way the sun will do most of the work for you as you’ll only need to do a little bit of scraping or just use your windshield wipers.
A vegetable can also help you prevent ice from forming on your windshield. By rubbing half an onion over your car you won’t be greeted by ice on it in the morning.