We’ve all seen tinted windows that, let’s say, have seen better days. Did you know that the way the window was washed is to blame for this deterioration? Once the tint on your window starts to bubble or peel, there’s no saving it; you’ll have to retint or remove the tint entirely. That being said, there’s a way to prevent this from happening! You can either 1) leave it to the professionals or 2) learn and master the proper technique to spare your windows.
If you’re going to try it yourself, here’s what you need to know!
Make Sure You Have What You Need
This process is made far easier when you have everything you need, all your tools and products, on hand and ready to go. These include:
- Shade: Make sure the car is parked somewhere shady to detail the vehicle. This lowers the chance of water spots forming and slows the drying process while you’re washing, which is good; you don’t want soap drying on them.
- Microfiber Cloths/Towels: You don’t want to use any type of cloth/towel other than microfiber. Other material or, even worse, paper can scratch up your windows. You’ll need at least two cloths: one for drying and one for scrubbing in your soap solution.
- Ammonia-Free Soap: Ammonia-free soap is better for all parts of your vehicle, not just your windows
Wash Your Windows Last
When you wash and rinse your vehicle, the suds, now full of dirt and debris run down your car, settling on your windows. If you washed those first, you’ve negated all your hard work. Saving the window washing for last will ensure you get your windows truly clean. Also, be sure to choose the soap for the exterior and interior of your vehicle with care. Some detergents can be harmful to your vehicle’s windows, especially the tint.
How to Clean Your Windows to Preserve Your Tint
Using a microfiber cloth, gently rub in your ammonia-free soap, starting on the inside. Once the entire window is covered, be sure to dry it immediately. Take care to avoid the edges of tint so you don’t get cleaner between the window and the tint, causing bubbles. For drying the window, use a fresh microfiber towel, moving the cloth in the same direction as you did in applying the soap. If you don’t apply enough pressure, you run the risk of a thin layer of soap remaining. This layer is visible and you want to dry it off quickly so it doesn’t cause streaks.
How to Ensure Quality for Longer
Parking in a covered space (garage or carport), decreasing your windows’ exposure to the sun, can help ensure the longevity of your tint. Washing the interior of your window every two weeks is another good maintenance practice to ensure the longevity of your tint.
When it comes to cleaning tinted windows, you simply can’t take it lightly. All it takes is one slight mess up and you have to have the whole thing retinted. Take the time to do it right the first time.
Don’t feel like dealing with the hassle? Call 800-557-5134 or visit mobiledetailingpros.com to let Mobile Detailing Pros handle it for you!