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Old 04-02-2018, 03:00 PM   #1
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Review - Halfords Telescopic Window Cleaner

Review - Halfords Telescopic Window Cleaner

Introduction

I've had my A7 for nearly a year and I've not really cleaned the inside of the rear screen as it's so difficult to get to. I vape too, so over time, a thin mist develops on the glass. My previous car was an A6 and I could just about manage to do the inside of the rear screen by hand - I'm 6'4" tall and have a long reach. In the A7 though it's impossible to reach the glass at the back at all. I did try on my last wash, but only managed to smear glass polish on the glass which I couldn't remove. I even made a temporary tool with a kitchen spatula and a microfibre wrapped around the end, held on with an elastic band. Of course this didn't work.

Anyway after watching the Forensic Detail channel videos last week and in the glass cleaning one, Jon mentions and recommends the Halfords Telescopic Window Cleaner.

https://youtu.be/YPVwgmVolDU?t=24m

I'ver looked at similar items on ebay before, but they always looked too flimsy. Well this one that John described looked quite robust and easily purchased from Halfords. So off I went to get one along with 2 spare pads.

The Product



And here is it. Packaged against a cardboard panel and held on with 2 twist ties.



And the rear packaging.

This is from Halfords web-site:

Halfords Long Reach Windscreen Cleaner

The Halfords Long Reach Windscreen Cleaner comes with a telescopic flexible head allowing easy access to windscreens. With it's telescopic reach and flexible head, this cleaner is perfect for cleaning your windscreen and in particular those areas at the base that are difficult to reach. The microfibres are washable so it can be used many times and are ideal picking up dirt and moisture and the gentle padding allows a good contact across a curved screen.
Halfords Long Reach Windscreen Cleaner Extra Info
  • Use pad for cleaning and de-misting
  • Use dry or damp on the inside of the vehicle
  • Extended reach of 45cm


First impressions are good. It seems very sturdy. The handle is telescopic and the head pivots from flat to the handle all the way over. The handle is unlocked with a twist, extended, and re-locked with a twist in the opposite direction. Same again to store the handle back in. I'd say closed up it would be perfect as it is for a front windscreen. But I needed the reach so opened up and it does seem long enough.



Closed position - length 10.5" (266mm)



Handle extended - length 17" (432mm)

The pad itself is 6"x4" (150mm x 100mm) and made of the same material as a glass cloth. It's very slightly padded, so absorbent too. It attaches to the tool with a hook and loop (velcro) backing.

The Method

As mentioned, my A7 needed the rear inside glass cleaning to to the mess of polish and vape mist.



The screen photographed from the back seat. It's fair reach which the camera doesn't really show.



You can see the angle better from the outside and it really is awkward to get to. You would think doing it from the outside would be easier, like a hatchback or estate. But the rear screen in the A7 has a panel covering the glass so is inaccessible from the outside.

I decided to use a spray on cleaner rather than polish (normally Autoglym) as there was polish residue to get off too.



I love this stuff. Nilco Nilglass from B&Q. Cheap and sometimes on offer for 5l.



I gave the pad a liberal spray with the handle extended.







Using the tool was a breeze. It's pivoting head and large flat-sided pad ensure all of the glass could be attacked, even into all the corners and to the very base of the window. I think this square pad is much better at reaching all the glass than I suppose triangle shaped ones are. I did the whole scren in a couple of minutes. As it is so cold today the glass cleaner didn't evaporate. So I decided to use a dry pad from the 2 pack of spares that I'd bought to remove the residue.



The pack of replacement pads.



Spare dry pad.



Pad removal.

I replaced the damp pad with the new, dry one. I went over the glass removing any residue from the window. The glass was pristine with no evidence of any polish or dirt.

Price

Halfords Telescopic Window Cleaner (comes with one pad) - £6.00
2 pack of replacement pads - £2.00.

Would I Use it Again

Absolutely. My only regret is that I'd never bought one before. Makes front screen cleaning much easier. I had a quick go on the front too and it's fantastic. Where it really comes into its own is on rear glass screens like on an A7; and absolute must.

Conclusion

Definitely recommended. Very sturdy, great pads and easy to use. I would not be with out one of these now and big thanks to Jon at Forensic Detailing for recommending it. At £8.00 all in, it's a no brainer. 10/10

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Old 04-02-2018, 04:38 PM   #2
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Cheers mate.

Great review, I’ve got one on order as can’t get in to rear screen on my coupe.
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Old 04-02-2018, 04:44 PM   #3
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Looks good. Can you wash the pads to re use them?
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Old 04-02-2018, 05:01 PM   #4
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I got mine from Lidl for £2.50

And its a curved triangular shaped which is better IMO for reach into corners
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Got one of these after seeing the Forensic Detailing review and I agree, its a great bit of kit.
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Old 04-02-2018, 06:19 PM   #6
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Looks good. Can you wash the pads to re use them?
Yes. I've just checked the spare pads' packet and it says machine washable at 60 degrees.
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Managed to pick one up yesterday but none of the stores I tried had the spare pads in stock although there were hangers for them.

I mailed Halfords to see if they sell them online but haven't got a reply back from them yet.
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Used mine the other day, does make cleaning my Honda a lot easier, as the glass is very sloped.

Thanks for the nilglass mention, been looking for something to make life easier.
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Great review..Thanks..wish i had of picked one up today was in halfrauds this afternoon
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Hi mate just to note I have a A7 and when it comes to cleaning rear glass from the outside I can confirm the cover simply pops off allowing you access to clean window.
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