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How do I clean windows that have window film installed? Is there a difference?

 You can clean windows that have window film installed with soap and water. In fact, that’s what we recommend. You can also use common glass cleaning products like Windex on window film. The only thing you should NOT use to clean your window film is anything that is abrasive because it will scratch the surface of the film.

To obtain maximum service life from your window film product, please note the following instructions for proper care and maintenance. 

  • DO NOT CLEAN THE FILM FOR 30 DAYS AFTER INSTALLATION. Allowing your newly installed window film to go undisturbed during the 30-day post-installation period will help to ensure proper curing of the adhesive system to the glass. 
  • Do not use ammonia-based solutions to clean any window film product. A good economical cleaning solution for window film is ½ ounce of liquid dish soap added to one quart of fresh water. If you typically use a glass cleaner like Windex, that can be used on window film as well.
  • A soft cloth or a clean synthetic sponge is recommended for washing the window film, followed by another clean soft cloth or soft rubber squeegee for drying. 
  • Do not use bristle brushes, abrasive scrubbing sponges, or any other cleaning materials that could scratch the film or that may have been contaminated with dirt particles. Dirt contamination is common when washing interior and exterior windows with the same cleaning materials. That’s why we recommend using different cleaning cloths for the inside and outside of your windows.
  • Some brands of paper towels are coarse enough to put fine scratches in the film, even films with a protective hard-coat finish. While these scratches may be too thin to be seen initially, they can damage the polished look of the film over time.
  • Always use fresh, clean, soft materials to wash and dry your window film surfaces.

Following these cleaning guidelines will help ensure that your windows with window film continue to look great and perform for years to come. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us to speak to a window film professional.