Maintaining Your Windows
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.
2. Use Gentle Cleansers
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.
3. Clean with the Grain
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.
4. Dry the Window Film Well
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
5. Ongoing Maintenance
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:
- Heavy Pressure: Applying pressure to the film can change the way it looks. Regular cleaning pressure is fine, but don’t push too hard.
- Pricking Bubbles: In some cases, air bubbles may show up in the window film. If this happens, you should not pop them. Once a hole is made, the integrity of the film is compromised and liquid can get behind the film. If this happens, call the company who installed the film to come take a look.
- Gritty Cloths: Outside dirt and inside dirt are quite different, so avoid using the same cleaning cloths on both sides. The dirt from the outside of the window can scratch up the window film very easily. In fact, you should check your cleaning supplies for any grit or dirt that might scratch the film before you use it.
With these do's and don’ts, you can keep your window film looking terrific for years to come.