When you have invested good money in tinted windows for your home, office building or prized car, you want it to look as good as new for as long as possible. That being said, one of the biggest mistakes that people make is to use the wrong cleaning products, which can actually scratch the tinted surfaces and reduce their effectiveness.
Even if you have scratch proof window tints, you still need to be careful that you don’t use abrasive cleaning products, because over time, these products can harm the tinted surfaces. Scratched and peeling tinted windows are everyone’s worst nightmare, but if you follow the steps outlined below, you should have no problems at all.
Use a microfiber cloth to clean your tinted windows
Don’t use an old rag, towel, duster, old t-shirt or anything except a microfiber cloth to clean your tinted windows. You might think that these other materials are nice and soft and so won’t scratch the surface of your tinted windows, but you will be surprised at what can happen over time.
A microfiber cloth will quickly collect all of the dirt and dust on the windows without scratching the tinted surfaces, because that’s what they are designed to do. They don’t cost much money at all and can be picked up at auto shops, supermarkets and cheap dollar stores.
Do not use steel wool to clean your tinted windows as this will cause a massive amount of damage, but you can use a squeegee to dry the surfaces, after making sure that the plastic or metal squeegee holder doesn’t come into contact with the tinted surfaces.
Use soapy water to clean your tinted windows
You don’t need any fancy chemicals to clean your tinted windows, all you really need is soap and water. Don’t be tempted to use baking soda as this is a very abrasive material and will seriously scratch the tinted surfaces.
You could also use vinegar and water to clean the windows or any other cleaning solution that is not abrasive. Soap and water or vinegar and water are of course, the cheapest and simplest options.
Car window tints: All of the tips above are relevant for car window tints, just don’t forget to clean the windows regularly and be very careful using the squeegees at service stations, because the metal edges of the squeegee can scratch the surface of the window tints. More on car window tinting.
Home window tints: Soapy water or vinegar and water are the best options for cleaning your tinted windows at home and most home owners already have at least one microfiber cloth they can co-opt for their windows. More on home window tinting.
Office window tints: If you have professional window cleaners to clean your office windows, they will know the best products to maintain the tints. Just check this point with them, so that everyone is on the same page. More on office window tinting.
One last point – if you have just had your car, home or office windows tinted, don’t clean them until they are completely dry and cured.