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What is The Best Way to Clean Window Film?

Date: 10 September 2019

OK - we know what you’re thinking - what happened to:

Completely Maintenance Free

No need to clean the film and doesn't attract dust! Well, this is still absolutely true. It is not necessary to regularly clean our bespoke window film due to its expert design and easy installation. However, some customers may still want to periodically clean their window film in order to keep it looking brand sparkling new. Not only this, but it is also necessary to clean the glass prior to installing window film onto it. Expert installation is available on all of our window films, however, some customers may opt for a DIY method - with an easy-to-follow installation guide coming with all of our products.  In this case, it is absolutely vital that you clean your glass in the right way before and treat your window film in the right way afterwards in order to produce the best results.  Keep reading to learn all you need to know regarding the best way to clean your window film. 

How to Clean Window Film Before Installation

For those who are wishing to install their window film at home, Evowrap supply an easy to follow DIY guide which is available to read online. A major part of the installation process is appropriately cleaning the glass beforehand. Those who have opted for our expert installation process can even clean the glass before the team arrive if they wish to speed up the process further. 

So what’s the best way to clean the glass? The first step in the pre-installation cleaning process is to spray a specific cleaning solution onto the glass, ultimately covering the whole glass panel with a fine mist. The solution should be in a spray bottle and is made using a mix of approx 1 teaspoon of Johnson’s baby shampoo per pint of cold water.

After spraying you will then thoroughly clean every part of the glass using a glass scraper. You will want to ensure that you do not neglect the edges of the window and ensure they are given special attention. The edges are the most common place that people miss when cleaning their glass window. A non-abrasive scrubbing pad is another suitable tool you could use for cleaning the window.

Next, you will spray the window again before using the rubber squeegee to remove all traces of water from the glass. Then using a lint free cloth or microfiber towel, you need to dry around the edges of the glass. This is important so that contaminated water doesn’t drip down behind the film, which could result in a less successful installation process.

Top Tip: When cleaning your glass window, it is important to work from the centre outwards, moving from top to bottom. Be patient here, overlapping each stroke and working slowly.

For more information on DIY window film installation we recommend reading our expert guide or contacting the Evowrap team with any further questions. Whilst the cleaning process is extensive and may seem excessive, this added labour is a small price to pay for the zero maintenance benefits of Evowrap’s window film. 

Do You Need to Clean Your Glass After Installation?

One of the reasons why Evowrap’s bespoke window films are so popular is due to the low maintenance benefit that they bring. Many customers will never clean their glass after installing it and it will still be in pristine condition. Ultimately, we are so confident in the ability of our decorative window films to stand the test of time, that every installation comes along with a ten year warranty. 

However, some customers prefer to give them a quick clean every 6-12 months. This may be in order to simply keep it looking pristine and sparkling, like it has just been installed. You may also feel the need to clean your window film because it is in an area which is likely to attract a lot of dust, hair, grit or other dirt around it.

For example, those who have pets may wish to clean their glass occasionally due to hair or smear marks. Alternatively, corporate customers who have frosted window film may feel the need to polish the glass to impress their clients or when doing routine office cleans. 

Do I Need Tools & Equipment To Clean in The Future?

It is vital to clean your glass in the right way, using the right tools and cleaning equipment or your film could end up looking worse than before or even damaged. We recommend that you wait at least 30 days before cleaning your window film in order to allow the film to be completely settled and so that the adhesive is not affected.

Conveniently, you can clean your glass in the same way in which you did during the pre-installation process: simply using a spray solution (containing 1 teaspoon of Johnson’s baby shampoo per pint of cold water) and using a rubber squeegee or lint-free cloth to wipe the glass. A lint-free cloth is essential so that no fibres are left behind

It is essential not to use anything abrasive for cleaning or drying as they can be coarse  enough to lightly scratch and damage your window film. The film has a scratch resistant coating but this protects against every day wear and tear.  It won’t protect against deeper scratches. Use soft, high-quality paper towels or microfibre cloths to avoid this. 

Bespoke Window Film Solutions with Evowrap

Are you ready to reap the benefits of low maintenance, high quality, bespoke window film?

With over 17 years experience in the window film industry, you can be sure of a perfect installation every time with Evowrap. If you’re interested in improving the views from your home or work space, then simply request a free, no obligation quote or contact our expert team with any further queries.

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