A common misconception is that once your home’s windows are tinted you don’t need to take care of them. Just like an average window pane, the tint should be right until it becomes damaged or excessively dirty, right? Wrong.
To keep your tint in the best condition possible for the longest time, you need to utilize some basic care tips, which we have listed below. We have also listed some vital information that homeowners need to know about window tint to best care for it. If you’ve spent money on tint, after all, you want to ensure you get the most for it.
Things You Need to Know
- Your window tint will take between two and three weeks to thoroughly dry after application.
- Window tint can effectively block a large portion of the sun’s UV rays, which can help protect both the people and furniture in the home.
- Expertly installed and well-care for window tint can help to reduce your home’s energy costs by as much as a third.
- Window tint offers a significant amount of privacy for your home, without blocking the view from inside – like blinds or curtains.
Window Tint Care Tips
- Use a soft cloth and gentle water pressure to clean your windows. NEVER use abrasive sponges or materials, because this can damage the tint. Good choices of materials include microfiber rags and paper towels. Be cautious not to be a bunch of either one but use them folded appropriately so there are no harsh edges hitting the tint.
- Avoid any ammonia-based cleaners, as the ammonia will eventually cause the window tint to break down. (Note: glass cleaners that are blue should be avoided as these are typically ammonia-based.)
- Invest in a gentle cleaner which is created specifically for tinted windows. Alternatively, you can use warm, soapy water to wash tinted windows with. Just a few drops of basic dishwashing liquid in a large bucket will do the trick. You don’t need a lot of soap, as this can be both harsh and drying.
- Until the window tint has fully dried, avoid opening or closing your home’s windows. This can cause extensive and unnecessary damage to the tint. If you aren’t sure whether the tint has fully dried it is best to be safe and wait an extra day or two.
- If windows are streaked or looking a little oily, use a spray bottle of warm water and gentle mist the windows. Use a microfiber cloth (or paper towel) to wipe the water away after a few seconds. This should take care of most blemishes. If it does not, you can proceed to use warm, soapy water.
- Whenever in doubt, contact your home window tint installers. They can offer you the best tips and information for proper care. They can also assist you in fixing the window tint in the unfortunate situation that the tint becomes damaged in any form.
If you use the above window tint care tips you can ensure the longest life for your investment. You also ensure the highest level of effectiveness.