How to Clean Tinted Windows at Home
- Published: Sep 19/2018
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Tinted window films are changing the landscape of residential and commercial buildings alike. They are a cost-effective way to upgrade your home or office without the need for a full window replacement but cleaning tinted windows can quickly turn into a nightmare. Fear not! In this guide, you’ll find useful tips and tricks on how to clean tinted windows in your home.
So, if you:
Then this article is for you!
But before we get into the cleaning details let’s see what are the pitfalls of cleaning tinted windows.
When cleaning tinted windows, one should be a notch more careful and selective about what cleaning products and equipment to choose for the job. You should avoid using sharp blade squeegees, paper towels and newspapers because they can leave scratches on the tinted glass surface. Also, you must avoid using an ammonia-based cleaning solution. It breaks down the adhesive layers of the window tint or the solar control film which are made of a polyester base or more specifically from polyethylene terephthalate (PET). The film will start to fade, crack, shell off and disintegrate.
These are also general rules for cleaning laminated windows.
Ammonia is a substance found in a lot of glass cleaners. However, it’s not advisable to buy and clean with them not only for the reasons mentioned above but also because the chemical is harmful to your health. When cleaning your windows inside, ammonia fumes will accumulate in the enclosed space and can cause coughing, nose and throat irritation or even burning of the respiratory tract.
Another rather key factor and negative aspect of these glass cleaners is that they will not exactly make your windows smear-free. The ammonia solutions tend to leave streaks across the glass. Then, you will need repeatedly to wash the same window only, so you can achieve the shining effect you are striving for.
When shopping for commercial window cleaning solutions, like Windex for example, look carefully at their contents, avoid strong cleaning agents, go for the mild ones and for the ammonia-free glass cleaners. A preferable and budget-saving alternative is to make your own homemade eco-friendly window cleaning solution with the help of distilled water, white vinegar and mild dishwashing liquid. To find how to prepare the solution and what techniques to use to clean your windows, read our helpful blogpost on how to clean your windows.
But let’s get back to our effective method on how to wash tinted window glass and see what supplies you’ll need to get the best result.
Time needed: 30 minutes.
Fill a spray bottle with a solution made of 2 cups of distilled water, 3 tablespoons of white vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon of liquid dish soap.
Spray the tinted glass surface with the solution and wipe with a microfibre cloth. This will loosen the accumulated dirt.
Wipe away the soapy water off the tinted glass using a squeegee. Move the tool vertically and horizontally from top to bottom to squeegee the window. Remove any suds from the windowsill and frames with a dry soft cloth.
Rinse the glass surface by spraying it with a clean distilled water. Use the squeegee to remove the excess water and then, wipe the glass surface with the dry microfibre cloth. Be careful not to leave any wet spot behind, especially on the frames and on the sills.
Use a telescopic pole or a stepladder if necessary for high and out-of-reach windows. For an easier time, attach a two-way squeegee or a sponge to the extendable pole to clean your tinted window.
Vinegar is known as a universal cleaning agent and it’s a really good solution for window cleaning. As mentioned above, when you wash your tinted windows, you should be careful not to damage the tint/ film. Although vinegar is acidic, it’s safe to use for this type of windows. It’s the perfect cleaner when you have to tackle nicotine stains on the tinted glass.
Here’s the detailed process step-by-step:
All these cleaning and maintenance tips are also very helpful if you want to remove nicotine stains from your window frames. But what if the tinted film has been damaged and needs replacement? How do you get rid of the glue that’s left on glass? Here’s the answer:
Before you put the new film layer you have to clean the glass to perfection from the glue residue. How do you do that? By following this simple procedure:
Well, all the above methods are pretty straightforward to apply. But if you don’t have the time to clean your tinted windows or you’re too apprehensive about causing damage to the film, why not entrust the job to the Fantastic window cleaning experts?
We employ proven and effective techniques, which never fail to bring the following benefits:
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