Residential window tinting can help you regulate the amount of light and heat that penetrates your home. It can also reduce the glare from the sun that interferes with the view of your computer or television screens. Most importantly, it can keep out harmful ultraviolet rays which can cause sunburn, premature aging, and skin cancer.
Depending on the functions of your tint, it can be a considerable investment. It is important that it is cleaned and maintained properly to prolong its useful life. Exposure to abrasive cleaners or solutions can degrade the tint’s usefulness and make it look tattered and worn. Caring for your window tint allows your household to enjoy its benefits for at least 10 to 15 years before needing replacement.
The length of the useful life of your tint will depend on care immediately after installation. Once your professional supplier has completed tinting your windows, you will be advised not to wash or expose them to water for at least one week to allow it to cure. Curing ensures that the adhesive bonds to the glass securely, leaving no holes or portions where air or water can enter.
After a week’s time, your windows will be ready to be cleaned and used as normal. If you want to preserve the pristine appearance of your tint for as long as possible, here are a few care instructions from the experts:
1. Check your water sources
If you live in a residential area that gets its outdoor water supply from groundwater sources, you might be using “hard water” which is water that still contains a lot of mineral deposits like lime and iron. These minerals can accumulate on surfaces over time. You may have to use a water filter that will distill and purify your water before you use it to clean your windows, otherwise, your glass panes will be dotted with droplet marks that can be tough to remove.
2. Spray with diluted soap and water
Use soap sparingly when it comes to washing your windows. The strong chemicals in normal household cleaners can interfere with the adhesion of the window tint. Soap residue can also collect on the tinted surface and leave unsightly marks. Use a mild cleaning solution like dishwashing liquid and dilute it well. With a spray bottle, spritz the solution over your windows, and wipe them down with microfiber or cotton cloth shortly after.
3. Don’t use sponges or scouring pads
If dirt, mud, or dust has made their way onto your windows, don’t be tempted to scour them off with a sponge or an abrasive pad. Douse them with water, spray them with your diluted soap solution, and wipe off the residue. Repeat the process until you have successfully removed the traces of dirt.
4. Use medium pressure, circular motions
If your tint has been given enough time to cure, there is little danger of the tint shifting or moving out of place. Applying too much pressure whether by hand or with an acrylic squeegee can cause the improperly cured tint to slide. Be sure to follow the curing period strictly. When it’s time to clean, clean in a circular motion with medium pressure to get dirt and grime off the surface. Even with properly cured windows, never use pressure washers on your windows.
5. Last wash with water
While you can use mild soap, the last pass you give your windows should be with pure water. This ensures that you get all traces of dirt and soap off of the panes. Once you’ve rinsed with soap, give the perimeter of your house a once-over with clean, filtered water.
With all the benefits that window tinting brings to your home, you will want to make sure that you can enjoy them for as long as possible. Your attention to detail and meticulous care can preserve your window treatments and help you get the most out of your investment.
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