If you have tinted windows, then you will want to care for them properly so that they last longer. Tinted windows are installed by applying a thin film onto a window or glass surface. This film will be made with a sticky adhesive so that it bonds to the window. As such, it will need a good amount of time to dry and cure, so that it is completely stuck to the window.
Because the tinted film is so thin, you will need to be careful when cleaning your tinted windows. Being too aggressive with the cleaning products can lead to the film cracking, scratching off, or becoming damaged. Over time, with regular cleaning it may even lead to the film peeling away and coming off completely.
Therefore, you will need to know exactly how to clean it, which products are perfect for cleaning windows, and which ones are not suitable. Luckily for you, our guide has all the answers!
Does Windex remove window tint?
Many people have heard that Windex is bad for cleaning tinted windows, and they would be right. Original Windex is manufactured with ammonia, which would potentially damage your tinted windows after extended use. In addition, this type of Windex is too abrasive and corrosive for tinted windows, and may cause them to peel or crack off.
When it comes to cleaning your tinted windows, you have to take extra care and precautions. For instance, you should not be using any cleaning products with very strong cleaning agents, as this can damage the film, or erode the adhesive on the tint. It is best to use mild cleaners, or ones that are ammonia free.
Whilst many Windex products are too strong and powerful for cleaning your tinted windows, there are a few that are milder and less abrasive. We recommend avoiding any blue colored Windex cleaning solutions, and sticking to ones that say they are ammonia free, or are suitable for glass cleaning. For instance, why not try: Windex Ammonia-Free Glass and Window Cleaner as it offers streak free shine, and has no harmful cleaning agents.
On the other hand, you could use the Windex Vinegar Multi-Surface Spray which also has no ammonia, and promises no streaking when you wipe it off.
What not to use on tinted windows
Anyone with tinted windows will tell you to avoid cleaning products with ammonia if you have tinted windows. You will not want to use any strong cleaning products such as bleach or ammonia glass cleaners as these may discolor the tint, damage the film and destroy the integrity of your newly tinted car windows!
However, it’s not just the actual cleaning solution that you use that you have to be careful with. The actual way you wipe and clean your tinted windows is so important. For instance, you cannot use scrubbing brushes, harsh sponges, rough brushes or brittle things like paper towels, or newspapers. You should only use a soft towel or a microfiber cloth to remove the spray and residue. So, if you do not have a microfiber cloth or two readily available, then don’t even think about cleaning those tinted windows!
How to clean tinted windows
The optimal way to clean tinted windows is with a mild cleaning agent, or a homemade cleaning solution. You can either use an ammonia free Windex, or a white vinegar and water solution. To make this yourself, simply mix equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle.
Then, spray the solution onto a microfiber cloth, and wipe gently, trying not to leave any streaks. With a clean microfiber cloth, wipe away any residue and streaks. Work your way all over the windows of your car, and keep wiping with the cleaner. Ensure that you never let the cleaning solution dry on the windows as this can cause marks and streaks. Instead, just spray and wipe.
Once you are done, use another fresh microfiber cloth to remove any remaining residue or cleaning agent, and wipe off any missed spots, and you are done!