If you have installed window tint on your car, your home, or even your commercial space, you may have some questions about the best way to maintain, care for, and clean it. For the most part, taking care of window tint is relatively easy. Here are some helpful hints and tricks for getting the most out of your tint.
Cleaning and Caring for Decorative Window Tint
Decorative window tint is most often found in homes, and it’s most common in bathrooms and bedrooms. It is typically made of patterned vinyl, which can block some of the sun, provide some privacy, and add aesthetic appeal to the inside and outside of homes. Because it is incredibly durable, it requires very little care and maintenance. Remember that you should never use window cleaners, bleach, or other harsh solvents on these windows as it can loosen the adhesive and eat through the vinyl. If you notice dirt or smudges on your decorative film, a simple solution of dish soap and warm water is all it takes to get things clean again.
Maintaining Solar Window Tint and Films
Solar window tint and film is the most common variety found in homes, cars, and commercial spaces. These are made of different types of materials, including polyester. Some are clear, and others are very dark to provide additional privacy. Both types of film effectively block heat and UV rays, keeping you more comfortable and reducing energy costs. These films are much more fragile than vinyl decorative films, so extra care is required. For most films, you can continue to use any standard window cleaner that does not contain ammonia. Ammonia may discolor the tint and reduce adhesion, so it is best to steer clear. What’s more, use a soft cloth when cleaning to avoid creating scratches.
Taking Care of Windows with Security Film
Security film is designed to help make a traditional window shatterproof. They do not change the appearance of the glass and they allow for about 90% of the light to shine through the window. Because security film is usually clear, it will show the same smudges, dirt, and fingerprints as a window without film, so you will need to clean these windows just as often. Once again, there is some concern that ammonia-based cleaners can reduce adhesion and cause discoloration, so these are best avoided. Instead, utilize other standard window cleaners that do not contain ammonia, or consider using simple white vinegar. Use only a soft cloth to avoid scratches.
Caring for Darkening Automotive Tint
Finally, for automotive tint that is designed to darken windows and promote additional privacy, care is much the same. These tints typically have UV protective coatings and a scratch-resistant coating, making them a bit more durable than traditional solar and security film. Nonetheless, it is important to clean this tint regularly like you would typical automotive glass. Window cleaners designed for automobiles will work well here, but in order to protect the color of your tint and the adhesive, you should remember to avoid products containing ammonia.
Most of today’s window tint is incredibly durable, which means it can take regular cleanings well without tearing or changing colors. Avoiding ammonia during cleaning is important, as is ensuring that your cleaning product of choice is non-abrasive as these can scratch the film. This is all it takes to properly maintain your window tint.