How To Clean Foggy Headlights

How To Clean Foggy Headlights

Max Treverton
If your headlights are dirty, you shouldn't ignore them. Foggy headlights can dramatically reduce visibility. To ensure car safety, take care of headlight cleaning with this efficient, step-by-step process. 

What do you need? 

There's a variety of substances you can use for headlight cleaning, from toothpaste to baking soda, but for the best results, use headlight restoration wipes. These are the easiest, quickest solution. In fact, most headlights can be cleaned within just a few minutes. 

1. Park in a safe place, away from traffic 

This might seem obvious, but every year, people are injured and killed by parking in dangerous places. The best place for headlight cleaning is well away from traffic. 

2. Wipe the headlights 

In your headlight restoration kit, you'll find two wipes. Take the first – marked #1 – tear open the packet and unfold the wipe. Use it to wipe over each headlight. Be sure to exert a small amount of pressure and be thorough, reaching every corner and edge. 

3. Dry the headlights with a cloth or paper towel 

Do not allow the headlights to dry on their own. Immediately after wiping, apply a dry cloth or paper towel. Again, be exceptionally thorough: not a single drop of moisture should be left on either headlight. If you accidentally allow the headlights to dry, use a damp cloth to remove any residue left by the first wipe.

4. Protect the headlights

In your headlight restoration kit, there's a second wipe, marked #2. When you tear open the packet, you'll notice that it's folded. Do not unfold the wipe. Leaving it as it is, wipe over the headlights, thereby applying a protective layer to the headlights. Leave it to dry for 30 minutes. 

What not to do 

After your foggy headlights have been restored, they should be left for at least 24 hours. It's fine to drive your car, but it's important that you don't expose it to any water or any car cleaning processes. Also, be careful not to touch the headlights. After 24 hours have passed, you'll be amazed by the restored appearance of your once foggy headlights.

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