Once you have window film installed on your windows, it’s important to keep it in good condition. Luckily, today’s window films are strong, durable and low maintenance, so there’s not much you need to do to protect the investment. Also, if you have the films installed by a professional installer, you don’t have to worry about the frustrating issues of bubbling or peeling.
Prior to installation, the installers will prepare your windows accordingly, and this includes cleaning them. But eventually, your windows will get dirty again and need to be washed. Older films required careful precision with routine cleanings. Today, the film you select will fare just fine with a normal wash. But what exactly is considered “normal?” Here are a few tips on how to clean windows with solar film.
Tips for a Successful Cleaning
Follow these tips for a successful cleaning for your solar film.
- Use soft, clean materials to wash and dry your windows. Do not use abrasive cleaners since these can scratch the surface of the film.
- Most glass cleaners will be just fine to use on the window film, but you can also make your own solution using a mixture of mild soap and water.
- Gently spray the solution onto the windows and use a soft cloth or sponge to wipe them down. To dry the windows, follow the washing with a dry cloth or squeegee.
- Avoid using anything that is abrasive such as bristle brushes, abrasive scrubbing sponges or cleaning materials that have been contaminated with dirt particles.
- Pay close attention to the type of paper towels you use to dry the windows. Some brands are coarse and will put tiny scratches in the film that will show up over time.
Though most brands of window film are strong enough to handle a normal cleaning, be sure to follow your manufacturer’s recommendations. Not all films are the same, so it’s possible that your film has special care instructions. Also, don’t confuse scratch-resistant with scratch-proof. Most films have scratch-resistant coatings, but you still need to use caution when working around the windows.