Getting your windows tinted is an excellent way to enhance your residential home, commercial building, as well as vehicles. Beyond creating a sleek look, the window tints offer an array of benefits including privacy, protection from the sun’s UV rays, heat absorption, and reflection to help with insulation.
To that end, window tints also require proper caring. The procedures are not complicated and can be quickly done, but ensuring that it is executed correctly is crucial if you want to maximize the life of your window tint. Generally, its lifespan can stretch between 10 to 15 years, along with a 5-year warranty from most film manufacturers. To help it maintain its tip-top shape and performance, our tips below should help you care for your windows properly.
Best Cleaning Solutions and Products for Window Tints
It’s crucial to be on the lookout for cleaning products or equipment that can damage the tint when washing your windows. To that end, the best cleaning solution merely is mixing soap with warm water. It is a mild yet highly effective product that will do its job well without the risk of damaging your tint in any way. Meanwhile, steer clear of the following products:
- Products containing ammonia – Ammonia (NH3) can cause the film material to become more brittle, which ultimately shortens its lifespan and leads it to crack through time. Additionally, it also has a tendency to lighten the colour of the tint.
- Abrasive equipment like paper towels, newspapers, and scourers – Avoid using any cleaning equipment that has rough surfaces as it can leave behind scratches, which can widen in time and ultimately lead to the demise of your window tint.
- Never use knives for popping air bubbles – It goes without saying that knives have a high chance of making a tear on the tint, though many people still use it for popping air bubbles. For a safer and more effective alternative, opt to use credit cards instead and use the short side of the card to push the bubbles to the edge of the window.
How to Properly Clean Tinted Windows
Step One: Let the Window Tint Cure
When the window tint has just been installed, it’s essential to let it cure between 7 to 30 days. The range is varied as the curing process largely depends on the climate, wherein mild temperatures and low humidity levels are the best climate that helps tints to adhere to windows properly.
Step Two: Clean and Wipe
Once the window tints are cured, it’s time to clean the windows. Use a rubber squeegee or a cotton cloth dipped in warm, soapy water. Be sure to avoid harsh cleaning chemicals, especially the ones that contain high amounts of ammonia.
Once it is cleaned, dry it by wiping the windows using a soft microfiber cloth. The strokes should move horizontally from top to bottom and rub the towel after every stroke. Keep in mind that it’s best to clean windows when there is no direct sunlight hitting the surface.
Step Three: Wipe off Residue
If there is any residue remaining, wipe it clean by using a cotton cloth dabbed with acetone. This will not damage the film and can quickly remove the adhesive. After removing any residual glue, wipe it until it is thoroughly clean and dry.
Cooltone has been providing professional window film solutions for Brisbane residents since 1981, if you would like to arrange a free measure and quote contact our consultants today on 1300 302 212.