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WINDSCREEN WASH

WHY DO WE NEED SCREENWASH?

Screenwash is a fluid for motor vehicles that is used in cleaning the windscreen with the windscreen wiper while the vehicle is being driven.

WHY NOT JUST USE WATER?

Water alone will not cut through road traffic film (this is the fine film of grease and grime created by dirt, oil / fuel on the tarmac road surface) and, in winter, because water freezes at 0degC.
Therefore Screenwash acts as a de-greaser and anti-freeze.
Screenwash fluid provides a clear view of the road and is considered essential to safe driving.

NEAT OR DILUTED?

Screenwash comes in many forms and some are applied neat into the windscreen water reservoir and others requiring dilution before use.

Although some solutions come premixed with no diluting required some commercial screenwash products products are designed to be diluted with water.

Dilution factors will vary depending on season, for example, in winter the dilution factor may be 1:1, whereas during summer the dilution factor may be 1:10.

WHAT IS WINDSCREEN WASH MADE FROM?

Screenwash is manufactured using a blend of Surfactants (Surfactants are wetting agents… a chemical agent capable of reducing the surface tension of a liquid in which it is dissolved) and other products include Isoprpyl which is a a colorless, flammable, water-soluble liquid, produced from propylene by the action of sulfuric acid and hydrolysis: used chiefly in the manufacture of antifreeze and rubbing alcohol and as a solvent.

WHAT IS SCREENWASH MADE FROM?

Screenwash is manufactured using a blend of Surfactants (Surfactants are wetting agents… a chemical agent capable of reducing the surface tension of a liquid in which it is dissolved) and other products include Isoprpyl which is a a colorless, flammable, water-soluble liquid, produced from propylene by the action of sulfuric acid and hydrolysis: used chiefly in the manufacture of antifreeze and rubbing alcohol and as a solvent.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF SCREENWASH

There are mainly 3 types of standard screenwash

  • Summer – Screenwash excellent cleaning properties to combat a build-up of Traffic Film and Grease/Grime picked up from the road surface and also to combat Bugs
  • Winter – For use in winter, Winter Screenwash contains higher levels of Anti-freezing Agents to combat low temperatures
  • Extreme Winter – These types of Screenwash products are used invariably where temperatures below 15degC are in play and they contain a high level of Anti-Freezing Agents

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