automotive window tint

Proper Ways to Clean Window Tinting

The Right Way to Clean Commercial Window Tinting

Window tint adds exquisite comfort to your home, office, or automobile by keeping interiors cool and reducing glare. What is the correct method for cleaning tinted windows? This seems to be the age-old question that many always ask. Streak-free, ammonia-free window cleaner is a great way to avoid spots, but there are ample ways to cleaning window tint.

Here are some general commercial cleaning guidelines:

  1. Wet windows with mild cleaning solution, and scrub spots with a gentle cloth or washing tool.
  2. Remove cleaning solution using an angled window squeegee, directing excess water towards the middle.
  3. Apply rinse water with a different cloth and repeat step two.
  4. Gently wipe any moist edges with a clean, dry cloth.

Residential Tinted Window Cleaning Procedure

If you have large windows, you may want to invest in a squeegee and professional window equipment to advance faster, or you can rely on some soft towels instead.

  1. Prepare a mild cleaning solution in a spray bottle.
  2. Apply to a window and clean using a microfiber cloth.
  3. Rinse window with fresh water and dry using a different microfiber cloth.

Correct Supplies for Residential Window Cleaning:

  • A mild solution of vinegar or dish soap mixed with water.
  • Several microfiber cloths.
  • Two spray bottles for cleaning solution and rinse water.

What Not to Do:

Don’t clean too soon: Never clean freshly-installed tinted windows until they’ve had time to cure, even if you see spots.

  • Don’t use scratch pads: Any kind of abrasive scratch pad or sponge is a definite no.
  • Don’t use blue cleaners: Most blue window cleaners have ammonia, which can damage tint.

Cleaning Automobile Window Tinting

Good visibility is very important for driver safety. And let’s face it, you want a sleek, immaculate window tint that makes you look really cool and matches your car’s brilliant, waxed sheen.

How to Clean Tinted Car Windows

First of all, the automotive window tint goes on the inside so that you can clean the car’s entire exterior normally. Here’s how to clean the tinted window film inside:

  1. Get comfortable and find a position that lets you access interior windows easily.
  2. Spray water directly onto a microfiber cloth, and proceed to clean the entire window.
  3. Follow left to right or top to bottom motion when cleaning.
  4. When the cloth becomes dirty, flip it over or switch to a different cloth.
  5. Use a clean microfiber cloth to dry the clean window completely.

What to Avoid:

  • Ammonia-based products: Ammonia will remove or damage automotive tint.
  • Abrasive action: Avoid scratching the gentle film with paper towels or scrub pads.
  • Edges: Do not wet window edges if possible, as this can introduce moisture under the film and loosen adhesive backing.
  • Direct sunlight: Cleaning in sunlight is harder since water dries quicker.

Contact Total Eclipse

At Total Eclipse, we know tinted windows. Our experienced technicians can solve existing tinted window problems, provide additional tips for cleaning tinted windows, and perform the new installation for virtually any application. We always do the job quickly, but very professionally, leaving no foam or harsh smell left behind. Contact Total Eclipse at (702) 222-0809 or via our online form for all your window tinting needs.