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The Importance of Keeping Your Headlights Clean

Headlights should always be clean, as they are the eyes of your vehicle. They allow you to see at night and be seen by other motorists. Without them, you would be blind. That is why keeping your headlights clear is so important. Clean headlight lenses increase your safety and they improve the overall appearance of your vehicle.

What Are Cloudy Headlights?

Tools to Clean Foggy HeadlightsIf you notice that the light emanating from your car’s headlights is a lot less clear than it originally was, the vehicle is probably suffering from foggy headlights. Another symptom of headlight fogginess is if you notice that the light has a yellowish, dingy tinge to it.

Why Headlights Get Cloudy?

Headlight lenses are made from a thick plastic comprised of polycarbonates. Unlike the glass lenses that were used before 1990, these plastic lenses are much more scratch-resistant and durable. However, over time, as the latest material is exposed to ultraviolet rays from the sun, the outer layers begin to break down and degrade. These changes cause the lenses to absorb blue light from the bulbs and emit weaker, yellowish light. Fortunately, cleaning foggy headlights is easy.

Products Used for Cleaning Vehicle Headlights

Most auto spas carry at least a product or two that are designed specifically for cleaning headlight lenses when they have become fogged up from UV exposure. Look for products marked as “headlight restoration kit” or “headlight lens restoration.”

Tools to Clean Foggy Headlights

You do not need a lot of tools for cleaning headlights on your vehicle. Here are a few things you will probably want to have on hand.

  • Cleansing kit
  • Old rags or towels
  • Latex gloves for sensitive skin
  • Water for rinsing
  • A soft-bristled brush
  • Mild cleanser

Stay tuned for the steps to follow when cleaning your vehicle’s headlights.

If you prefer to save time, bring your car to Mike’s Auto Spa. We offer several lens-clarifying products that are easy to use and deliver fantastic results. Plus, we have amazing car wash packages in Westminster including exterior wash, door jambs wiped down, interior vacuum, exterior touchup, dash and console dusted, windows inside and out, and much more.