When ice builds up on your windshield, you may want to remove it quickly. Unfortunately, this causes people to pour hot water over their windshield or use metal scrapers to remove the ice fast. However, both of these can cause damage to your windshield. If you have ice on your windshield, here are three different ways to safely de-ice it without causing any problems.
Get Up Early and Warm Up Your Car
The fastest and safest way to de-ice a windshield is to simply get up early and start your car. Use your defrosters to slowly melt ice away. Unfortunately though, this method takes awhile and people are in a hurry in the morning. However, if you can add an extra ten minutes to your morning routine, this really is the safest and most efficient way to remove ice from your car's windshield before you begin to drive it.
Use Room Temperature Water
Pouring hot water on your windshield can melt the ice fast. However, the temperature of the glass is low, thanks to the ice on it. If you pour boiling hot water on it, it can crack. Instead, pour water that is no hotter than room temperature on your windshield to slowly and steadily melt the ice and bring the temperature of the glass up. When possibly, throw some salt into the water as well, as salt helps to melt ice too. Use this method until the ice begins to break up or melt away.
Use a Plastic Scraper
If you must use a scraper to remove ice from your windshield, invest in a plastic one. Many people simply grab an old paint scraper or use old metal scrapers. However, these can all leave scratches in your windshield. A plastic scraper that is designed for windshields is inexpensive and won't leave your windshield damaged. A scraper is best used after spraying on a de-ice product or using water on the windshield. It is much harder to use on straight ice, so keep this tip in mind as well.
If you are reading this too late and you have already damaged your windshield, you may need your windshield repaired or replaced. Centennial Auto Glass in Minneapolis, MN can help you with all of your auto glass repair and replacement needs. Give us a call today to set up an appointment or to get an estimate.