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Getting tinted windows for your car doesn’t have to be just for style. They also offer quite a few practical benefits like reducing glare, blocking Australia’s harmful UV rays, and saving money on fuel by reducing the need for AC.

In order to keep the performance up on your tinted windows, it’s a good idea to make sure you clean and maintain the windows. In this article, we will be going over some tips on how to keep your tints clean, and how to prolong their life and effectiveness.

So, What Are Tinted Windows?

Before looking into what it takes to clean and maintain tints, it’s important to first understand what tinted windows are. Tinted windows are tinted with a thin film that is applied to the windows, tinted windows can have a wide range of benefits. The tint film is applied on the inside of car windows, which means extra care is needed to avoid damaging the film. 

Maintenance Tips for Your Tinted Windows

1. Try to Avoid Rolling Down Windows After Installation

After getting your windows tinted, it’s best to avoid rolling them down for at least 3-5 days. This will give enough time for the adhesive to fully stick to the window and will help prevent bubbles and the tint film from peeling

2. Watch Out for Sharp Objects

Watch out for sharp objects around the tinted windows, scratches or the windows can damage the film and ruin the sleek look and efficiency of your tints. By watching and keeping away any sharp objects near the glass, you can avoid this happening.

3. Use Soft and Safe Cleaning Materials

When cleaning your tinted windows, always use soft materials. Microfiber cloths are good for cleaning the windows as they are gentle on the glass and will remove the grim and dirt from them easily, Make sure to use a fresh microfiber towel every time you clean the windows.

Cleaning Tips for Your Tinted Windows

Avoid Ammonia Based Cleaning Supplies

One of the biggest things to know about cleaning your tinted windows is choosing the right cleaning solutions. We recommend avoiding ammonia-based cleaners, as ammonia can break down your tint film over time, which can cause it to weaken and possibly discolor. That’s why it is best to opt for a more mild non-ammonia-based cleaning solution.

Pick The Right Cleaning Tool

When picking cleaning tools make sure to only use clean or new tools, we recommend this due to dirt and grim sticking to old tools which can then scratch or ruin the tint, avoid using things like paper towels or rough sponges, as these can scratch the tint film.

Clean On a Cloudy Day

Whenever possible, it’s best to clean your tinted windows on a cloudy day. We recommend this as sunlight can dry out the cleaning solutions quickly, which can result in streaks and spots on the glass.

Wipe Side to Side

When spraying and wiping with a microfiber towel it’s best to wipe gently from side to side rather than in circles, this is because it can leave swirl marks in the tint. Depending on the shade of your tint these swirl marks can be quite visible.

Watch Out For The Edges

Your tint film can be particularly around the edges. When cleaning be sure to be careful around the edges to avoid the film lifting and peeling off, when cleaning to top edges push up rather than down.

Avoid Sticking Things On The Glass

Do not stick any adhesive materials, like decals or stickers onto tinted windows. Getting these off is not an easy task and will more than likely damage the tint or leave a sticky residue.

Watch Out When Defrosting

If your car has a rear window defroster, if you have tint at the back try to use it cautiously. Some tint films can be quite sensitive to the heat that comes from defrosters.

Summary Of How to Maintain and Clean Tinted Car Windows

Keeping your tinted windows maintained and clean is essential for keeping the quality and performance of your tints. By taking care and following the tips above you can use your tints that will last and keep giving you the benefits like a reduction in glare, UV protection, and a cooler interior.

Be sure to clean with a gentle hand and gentle products, whilst avoiding harsh chemicals and sharp objects. With proper care and cleaning methods, you will not only enhance the aesthetic of your car but will also maintain the tint’s high performance which will make your drive comfortable and enjoyable.

If you are keen to get tints for your car in Sydney, get in touch with one of our team today!