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Window Film Cleaning & Care Instructions

Once you have window film installed for your Fort Collins home or property, cleaning and care is relatively simple. The two most important parts of aftercare are (1) using the correct cleaners and (2) waiting for the film to fully dry and cure post installation. So long as you follow these simple guidelines, your window film should last several years without any issues. If you need more information on window film care, our Fort Collins team will be more than happy to answer your questions!

How to Care for Your Window Film After Installation

Once your window film is installed, it needs to be left alone so that it can fully cure and adhere to the glass. Window film is usually attached using a bonding agent or primer. While a good amount of the primer is removed during the installation, trace amounts will remain in place due to the porous nature of the glass. Sometimes, thin layers of water or moisture may also get trapped between the glass and the film, giving the window a hazy or bubbly appearance. This is completely normal and will resolve itself over time. However, it’s important to avoid puncturing these bubbles and disrupting the film so that it can bond to the window pane.

Wait 30 Days Before Cleaning

Perhaps the most important part of aftercare is the adhering to the recommended waiting time before cleaning. It’s hard to say how long exactly it will take for the window film to fully dry and cure. This is dependent on the weather and climate conditions. Cloudy, humid weather may prolong the drying time. However, as a general rule of thumb, most window film manufacturers recommend waiting about 30 days before attempting any cleaning of the film or the area near the window.

Window Film Cleaning & Maintenance

It’s important to follow the recommendations for window film cleaning and maintenance provided by Ft Collins Window Tinting. Cleaning window film is similar to cleaning a normal window, but there are a few notable exceptions. For one, you should avoid using any cleaners that contain ammonia or are abrasive by nature. Additionally, you should refrain from using any coarse cleaning cloths or paper towels.

Our Recommendations for Care

Most manufacturers state that household cleaners are safe to use on window film. However, we at Fort Collins Window Tinting like to advise our customers to err on the side of caution. We recommend applying soapy water using a soft cloth such as microfiber towel.
Soft paper towels work fine for this purpose as well, but the use of coarse paper towels should be avoided as these can scratch teh surface. Every once in a while, you may also want to use a silicone polish to renew the lustrous shine of the film.

Get More Information About Care & Cleaning

Have questions about caring for or cleaning your window film? Our Fort Collins experts are happy to help! Call our office today to speak to an expert and get the information you need! We will be more than happy to provide you with more information about window film care in Fort Collins.

Window Film Cleaning & Maintenance FAQs

After installation, it's essential to allow the window film to cure fully before cleaning. This process can take up to 30 days. We recommend waiting at least one month before the first clean to ensure the film has adhered properly to the glass.

For cleaning window film, use a mild, non-abrasive soap mixed with water. Avoid ammonia-based cleaners as they can damage the film's adhesive and surface. A simple solution of water with a few drops of dish soap is effective and safe.

Use a soft cloth for cleaning. Apply the cleaning solution gently and wipe in a single direction to avoid streaks. Ensure the cloth is soft and free of any debris that could scratch the film.

Avoid using abrasive tools like scouring pads or brushes. Stick to soft, lint-free cloths or sponges, and be gentle with the film. Also, ensure that the edges of the film are not lifted or peeled during cleaning.

Fort Collins experiences a variety of weather conditions throughout the year. While high-quality window film is designed to withstand temperature changes, extreme weather can affect the film. Regularly inspect the film for any signs of wear or damage, especially after severe weather events.

If the window film is scratched or damaged, it's best to consult with a professional for advice. Avoid trying to repair it yourself as this could void any warranty.

To maintain your warranty, follow the manufacturer's guidelines for care and maintenance. Keep records of your purchase and installation, and address any issues promptly by contacting Fort Collins Window Tinting or the manufacturer directly.

Most window films are scratch-resistant. That being said, damage is possible. Pets, especially cats, can scratch window film with their claws. To prevent damage, discourage pets from climbing on window sills or scratching the windows. If you're worried about pet damage, be sure to tell your installer so they can tell you about our most durable window films.

If you're unsure about cleaning the film yourself or if the windows are in hard-to-reach areas, hiring a professional cleaner experienced with window films can be a good investment. They have the tools and knowledge to clean the film safely without causing damage.