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Recipe for a Clean Car this Holiday

Nov 23, 2015, 07:52 AM by Discount Autoglass
Holiday season has arrived! Thanksgiving is this week and Christmas will be here before we know it. With the holidays, comes the many road trips to visit family and friends or maybe take a much-needed vacation. Here at Discount Auto Glass we know all too well what happens to our cars after these road trips. You’re stuck, literally, with bugs and road residue all over your bumper and windshield.

So, how can you get your car back in the holiday spirit? Our experts at Discount Auto Glass put together a recipe for a do-it-yourself bug residue remover. Follow these steps and you’ll be able to remove that nasty gunk with a little time and some elbow grease.


car cleaning suppliesStep 1: 
Gather materials 
Hot water 
One or two large towels
Bug remover (found at most automotive stores or hardware stores)
Ammonia-free auto-glass cleaner
Microfiber towel

car washStep 2: Soak
Start by taking your large towel(s) and soaking them in the hot water. Then, place the towels over the areas of your car with the heaviest concentration of bug residue, and leave them in place for five minutes. This will loosen the bugs, 
which will increase the effectiveness of the bug remover and glass cleaner.

Step 3: Use bug remover 
Spray bug remover on any residue stuck to the car’s paint. Let the remover sit on the grime for 30-60 seconds, then wipe with the microfiber towel – not a scraping tool or regular towel, which can chip or scratch the car’s paint. This step may need to be repeated to remove all bugs.

Step 4: Use auto-glass cleaner 
Once you’ve removed bug residue from the car’s paint, focus on the windshield. Take an ammonia-free auto-glass cleaner and spray down the entire windshield, focusing on bug spots. Wipe down with a microfiber towel or newspaper.

cleaning carStep 5: Wash car
You’ve probably gotten most of the bugs and grime off the car with steps 1 – 4, but our Discount Auto Glass team recommends taking it one step further. A full carwash, followed by a wax will help remove the most grime while also preventing buildup later.


Now that you know how to beat post-road trip bug and grime buildup, we hope you’ll be able to enjoy your holidays a little more with a cleaner car. Now, if any of that road residue or debris caused a chip, scratch or crack in your car windows, you might want to give us a call. The experts at Discount Auto Glass can easily fix any auto-glass problem you bring us in a cost-effective way. Schedule an appointment by calling 501-377-9597 or stop by any of our locations in central Arkansas to get a quote.

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