Window tinting is a worthwhile investment for any home or office. They not only help cool your space in summer weather, but they also give you more privacy without the need for curtains or blinds. However, despite the benefits they offer, tinted windows do need some special attention to keep them from scratching and forming water spots. Tinted windows exposed to the elements are particularly in need of more maintenance, because of the chemicals that stick on their surfaces.
In this article, we will share four tips to help you keep your tinted windows as brand new all year long:
1. Stay away from ammonia
Most window tints are made with layers of polyester, or polyethylene terephthalate (PET), that are held down by adhesive. Ammonia, on the other hand, breaks down this adhesive and causes the film to fade, crack and then peel off your window. Because ammonia is found in many commercial glass cleaners, it is best to always look at the ingredients before buying one.
Alternatively, you can also use a homemade cleaning solution with distilled water, mild dishwasher liquid, and white vinegar. This combination will clean off any water spots on your tint by chemicals that were left when the rainwater dried off. To loosen dirt and grime that may be sticking on your window, spray the surface with your cleaning solution and leave it for two to three minutes before wiping it off.
2. Always use distilled water
Avoid using tap water as this may contain tiny particulate matter that may leave stains on your windows when they dry. Instead, use distilled water because it is made through distillation, where pure H2O is boiled until it turns into steam and is captured to cool and turn into water again. This process ensures that no particulate matter is left when the water dries.
3. Refrain from using abrasive materials
While most tint films have anti-scratching properties, it’s still best to avoid using cleaning materials that can potentially cause scratches. These materials include paper towels and even newspapers. Not only can these materials cause scratches, but they will also do a poor job of cleaning your windows.
Instead, use a rubber squeegee to remove excess water and a lint-free and clean microfiber cloth to wipe the surface clean. Additionally, ensure that you are not leaving any moisture to avoid water spots, particularly on the corners of the frames and the sills.
4. Remove air bubbles with soft plastic wrapped in a soft cloth
Sometimes, air bubbles can form on the surface of the tint, meaning that the adhesive has not been dried enough. You can remedy this by using soft plastic, such as your credit card wrapped in a cloth to push the air bubble to the edge of the window where it can escape.
Tinted windows are generally more delicate because the thin film is prone to discolouration and can easily be ruined by ingredients of common household cleaners. However, the additional task of maintaining the tint by swapping a few ingredients here and there is a small price to pay for the function and elegance that it adds to your abode. On top of that, tinted windows are easier to maintain when compared to curtains or blinds.
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