modern house with tinted windows

Tinted windows can offer several benefits for your home. From increasing privacy levels to blocking out damaging UV rays, tinted windows are more than just a decorative choice for your home. Depending on the type of tint chosen, the material may even help reduce home energy costs. However, when it comes to cleaning windows that feature a tint, certain factors must be considered.

What is a Tinted Window?

When we think of tinted windows, we often think of vehicles. The dark film that can be applied by professionals and DIYers has been around for a long time. Advancements have been made in materials, and today, tinting is found in homes across the nation.

Tinting for most home windows is made from polyethylene terephthalate or PET. PET, according to Omnexus, belongs to the family of polyesters and it’s not only recyclable, but it can be resistant to impact, moisture, alcohols, and solvents.

Top 3 Tips for Safely Cleaning Tinted Windows

We know you’re proactive when it comes to maintaining your home. From regular lawn care to changing the HVAC filter and caulking shower tiles, you dive in and do what it takes. Now you’re standing there looking at those tinted windows that help keep the direct sun from heating the living room and you’re wondering—now what? How do I safely clean these windows without damaging the tint?

Here are our top three tips:

  1. Always spot test before cleaning a larger expanse of window. The longer the tint has been on the window, the more care you’ll need to take when cleaning and the higher the risk for damage. Spot tests are crucial.
  2. Opt for purified water and a soft cloth; never a scrubber with bristles or a scratchy surface. Avoid bleach, ammonia, harsh soaps, and other chemicals that may “eat” the tint.
  3. If soap is needed, use only a small amount and choose one that’s extremely mild, like a dish soap.

What’s a Spot Test?

When spot testing window tint, begin by choosing a discreet area outside the line of sight. The best spot is usually in the far corner between the glass and the sill. Simply rub your fingernail against the tint. If it scratches, shifts, or reacts in any way, then you know you’ll need to take extreme care with cleaning.

Window tint lifespans vary greatly depending on the manufacturer and the type of tint. Some last about a year, while others may look great for ten to fifteen years. If you’re unsure how old your tint is, err on the side of caution and have the windows professionally cleaned. Even if the window tint is only a year or two old, it’s still recommended to have those tinted windows cleaned by professionals who know how to handle the tint and who have the right tools and products that won’t cause damage.

Let United Window Cleaning take care of all your window cleaning chores. Our professional teams not only have the training and know-how, but we have the right tools and products to get the job done correctly. Founded more than 100 years ago, United Window Cleaning is always here for you.

Contact us today for an appointment to get your windows, including the tinted ones, cleaned safely and professionally.