How to Maintain Window Film

how-to-maintain-window-filmProfessionally installed window film or tinting can be a great investment for your home. The tint not only allows you to cut down on bright glare when taking in your view; you’ll find that it helps to keep in the heat in winter and prevent your home from becoming overheated in the summer. It also provides privacy and prevents furniture from becoming faded, as well as blocking dangerous UV rays from entering your home. But once you have had your window tinting installed, you may be wondering how best to care for it in order to keep it in the best condition possible.

Immediately After Installation

Once your tinting or film has been installed, you will need to allow it to sit for at least 30 days in order to finish setting properly. Pay attention to the weather over this period, and if the weather is cool or damp, allow for more time for the tinting to set. If you notice a cloudy effect or moisture bubbles under the film, do not worry, this is normal and will eventually go away during the curing process.

Cleaning and Maintenance

Once you have allowed the tinting to set for 30 days, you will be able to clean it much the same way as you cleaned your windows before it was installed. In order to keep it in good condition and avoid scratching the film, you will want to use a soft, clean cloth. Avoid using paper towels or newspaper, as the fibers in the paper can make tiny scratches in the film, that can become more noticeable over time. For the cleaning solution, you can use any normal window cleaner, or you can make your own solution by mixing a small spoonful of dish detergent with a quart of water. You can also buy cleaners designed specifically for tinted windows, and using this occasionally may help your windows look better. Clean the tinted window gently, and never use anything that could scratch the film to remove stubborn spots. Dry the window using another soft cloth. With careful regular cleaning, you shouldn’t need to worry about having maintenance done on tinted windows. Over time the tinting may become slightly worn due to exposure to the sun and cleaning, but if you are careful not to scratch or puncture it, it will last a long time.

Tinted windows can help you save money over time through preventing heat loss through your windows, preventing furniture damage, and even improving your health. Once you have the tinting installed, keeping your windows clean and in good condition is very easy, as you can generally care for them much the same as you would regular windows.