Does Window Film Require Maintenance?

We often get questions about the maintenance of window film. It is a concern voiced by many potential clients here in Austin. They are worried that window film will require a lot of maintenance. This is understandable since homes are already a lot of work and nobody wants more things to maintain. Happily, the answer is–no–window film does not require additional maintenance. It does, however, require cleaning– but that is no different from any other window. The difference is the cleaners you use differ. Read below to find out how to clean windows treated with film.

How to Clean Your Window Film

After your window film is installed it needs to cure before it can be cleaned. This takes about a month. So wait about 30 days before cleaning it. Once the waiting time is over, clean your window the same way as you did before. Except–use “window film safe” cleaning solutions and cleaning clothes. All of which you likely have in your home. Get an idea of cleaners safe for window film below.

Cleaning Solutions Safe for Window Film

To avoid damage the adhesive used on your window film, you should use an ammonia-free solution. Most household cleaning solutions don’t have ammonia in them. Dish soaps will work fine. You can also buy specialty ammonia-free window cleaners online. Be sure to use a clean, soft cloth or paper towel on the glass to avoid scratches. Never use anything with bristle brushes, abrasives, or even course paper towels. Scratches build up over time so if you use a scratchy paper towel–it may take a while to start showing. For this reason, use high-quality paper towels to avoid scratches. Finally, always clean off all excess water so it does not seep behind the film and wear down the bond. This includes wiping up any excess moisture or debris from along the edges of the windows when you have finished.

That’s it– cleaning window film is easy and toxin-free!

For more information on existing or new window films for your Austin home contact us at Window Film Austin today!

Mike Kinsey is a window film expert. For the past 10 years, he has been working as the Operations Manager at Window Film Austin and overseeing commercial and residential window film installs of all types throughout the Austin area and the state of Texas. His extensive background in construction and project management gives him an in-depth understanding of architecture and the structural composition of buildings. Over the years, he and his team have installed over 250,000 square feet of window film ranging from robust security films to progressive energy efficient and decorative options. Mike engages in professional development courses and seminars on a regular basis, allowing him to stay up to date on industry trends and innovations. He is one of the top experts in his field and is certified by 3M, EnerLogic, and AIA for continuing education.

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