Cleaning newly-tinted windows is a simple process as long as you know what materials and cleaners to avoid. You have to be extra careful on cleaning your tinted windows if you want your tint to last a long time, still looking good as new.
The main difference between cleaning tinted windows from cleaning non-tinted windows is the things you should use, and the things you should avoid. Knowing what products are bad for your tinting will help prevent you from accidentally doing damage to it or reducing its life. As a general rule, never use windows cleaners that contain ammonia, and stay away from wiping the windows with cloth made from rough materials.
With these tips, you’ll clean your tinted windows while still maintaining its quality:
Leave it for 2-3 weeks
Some even wait up to a month before touching, moving, or cleaning their newly tinted windows. This will allow the film time to adhere to the glass so it will not peel when it is finally rolled down. The urge to clean it may be strong for it will be cloudy, hazy, and you may see little water pockets forming in the tint, but it’s normal. When windows are tinted, the squeegee can only remove a certain amount of the water from between the film, and the glass. As the film dries, the remaining water will form little pockets. These will simply evaporate and go away by themselves. Let it do its magic and clean it after a few days.
Make sure its dry before cleaning
Before starting your clean up mission, inspect every part of the windows and make sure the tints are fully dry. Basically, you do not want to risk pulling the tint loose by splashing water all over it. Once your vehicle has been tinted the windows will have been lightly wiped down, it is probably the best time to give it some proper cleaning. Some advice to wait at least 30 days after the new window film has been applied to the glass.
Prep your own cleaning tool kit
The main difference of cleaning tinted windows and those that are not is, tinted windows are more delicate, given that the film installed are thin and can be easily removed if you’re not careful. You’ll need to use gentler cleaning products on your tinting to preserve it, and under no circumstances should you use a cleaner with ammonia in it. Ammonia based products can reduce the darkness of your tint or cause its material to become dry, brittle, or otherwise imperfect.
Here are some things experts’ advice you use in cleaning your tinted car:
- Soft paper towels
- Microfiber cloth
- Window cleaners without ammonia
- Bucket or water spray (depending on how dirty your car is)
- Make your own window Cleaner
If you are having a hard time looking for ammonia-free window cleaners, try to look around your kitchen and make your own from scratch! It will not only save you from spending more, but it will be also guaranteed that you will be cleaning your newly tinted cars with the safest cleaner because you made it yourself.
Here’s what you will need:
- A few drops of liquid baby soap
- Distilled water
- 2 tablespoons of Isopropyl Alcohol (91% is preferred, but you can use the ones with lower percentage)
- Spray bottle
Just mix everything and transfer the solution into a spray bottle for easier use. Take your empty spray bottle and rinse it to clean out any dust or residue from anything previously used in it. Then add the rubbing alcohol to the spray bottle along with the baby soap. Fill up your spray bottle with distilled water, screw on the cap, and swirl the contents to ensure a thorough mix.
Clean it gently.
It is ideal that you use two cloths: one for wiping away dirt and one is for drying. Avoid saturating the edges of the tinting with the window cleaner. This can result to losing its stickiness and easy peeling away from the window. Just wipe the windows with a damp cloth and work your way. For stains that are tougher to remove, soaking it in the cleaner for a few minutes will help. Do wiping strokes that are opposite on what you did on the outside of the window. This will make it easier for you to see where missed spots are located. It is advisable that you use distilled water instead of facet water. Hard water leaves behind white coloured scale and calcified spots on surfaces. Simple buy a gallon of distilled water from your local grocery store and put it into your bucket to use for rinsing your cloth.
Have it checked by professionals
Never try to fix them yourself using home products that can be counterproductive and ruin the tint instead. this can cause lines and other imperfections in your tint. You may find tips online on how to handle them, but bringing them in to those who professionally install it would be the best and safest option.