Tinting windows are most commonly done with cars and is one of the many decisions that car owners make for their vehicle. But it has also been seen in residential window services and commercial windows. There are a lot of reasons why an owner would opt for the tinting job: they help prevent UV ray exposure that can cause skin problems such as melanoma and skin cancer, provides comfort as they prevent extreme exposure to the harsh sunlight, and makes driving easier and more comfortable. With less exposure to sunlight, even furniture, upholstery, and other interior components will benefit from it as they won’t fade as fast as they would when directly exposed. Less heat coming in the house, establishment, or cars also means that there is less pressure on the air conditioning unit to compensate for the heat that’s coming indoors.
But as effective as they are, tint films are also delicate. Cleaning them with the wrong tools can damage them, hurting their effectiveness and their lifespan. Many people do not realize this and thus keep on cleaning their tinted windows with tools and chemicals that, unknowingly, corrode the tints. As such, they may be paying more than necessary by needing to replace the tint film more often than they would’ve had they taken good care of their tinted windows.
The main difference between cleaning a newly-tinted car window and cleaning untinted windows lies in the following factors:
- The things you should use when cleaning it, such as cloth wipe material and ingredients of the cleaning agent that you will be using
- The things that you SHOULD avoid to preserve the lifespan, appearance, and effectiveness of your window tints.
What to Avoid
In cleaning windows that are tinted, one should never use scrapers, abrasive sleeves, or other abrasive materials. They scratch the tint film, which weakens those areas and makes them less effective in blocking sunlight and harmful UV rays. Ammonia-based cleaners should also not be used as they reduce the darkness of your tint, and makes them dry and brittle.
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