Decorative and solar window film can really enhance a space, whether at home or in the office. However, if it isn’t handled properly, it loses its appeal. No one wants to look at scratched or foggy window film. Fortunately, it’s pretty simple to maintain your window film and keep it looking just as amazing as the first day it was installed. Here are five tips to keep your window film clean and clear:
Your window film can easily be scratched. Certain towels and even paper towels can scratch the film. Instead, use a soft sponge or microfiber cloth to clean the window. You can dry it with a clean microfiber cloth or use a light rubber squeegee. If you’re not sure what to use, opt for the softest cloth possible and check it on the corner of the film to be sure.
The cleanser used to clean the window is just as important as the material used. Stick to glass cleaners, which work very well on window film and skip the harsher cleansers. Here is one we like! You can use liquid dish soap diluted in warm water, as well. You should only use ammonia free liquids, as ammonia will ruin the film. Apply the cleanser in spray form or with a dampened cloth. Be careful to not soak the window film. It’s best to avoid using too much soap since it can leave streaks that will be noticeable in the sun.
When cleaning your filmed windows, it is important to clean in the same direction as the cut lines along the edges. For example, at the top and bottom of the window, you’ll wash horizontally, while at the sides, you’ll wash up and down. This will help keep the window film in place and looking good. If you have a particularly large window, it may have a seam at some point. If this is the case, as you clean the window, keep an eye out for the possible seam and wash in the same direction the splice runs, to avoid lifting the edge.
It’s important to dry the window thoroughly after washing. A soft cloth or rubber squeegee is the best way to do this. Unfortunately, if water is left
Aside from cleaning and drying your window film on a regular basis, you’ll want to maintain it. The film really requires little maintenance, but here are some of the problem-causing actions you want to avoid:
With these do's and don’ts, you can keep your window film looking terrific for years to come.
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