AITCo Consulting have been involved with window film for nearly 40 years. Putting up a piece of film on a pane of glass looks simple enough, but it’s only half the story. The other half is in actual fact, just as important as the fitting itself. Whoever would have thought that the performance of window film, whether it be for safety, security or even privacy would be compromised just through the lack of good housekeeping.
Maintaining window film needs just simple cleaning & aftercare. This guide covers the basics which not all installation companies pass on to the end user.
►ALLOW WINDOW FILM TO CURE FOR MINIMUM OF 30 DAYS FROM THE TIME OF FITTING
►MINUTE SURFACE WATER BUBBLES ARE PART OF CURING PROCESS
►DON’T TOUCH THE FILM DURING CURING PERIOD
- once cured, film must be washed gently with clean warm water and a good detergent
- ensure water buckets and cloths are free of dirt or grit
- use a soft, non-abrasive cloth to avoid surface scratching, never use brushes or bristles
- avoid using aggressive or abrasive cleaners on the surface of any window film
- never use spray cleaners or polishes – the film’s pores can clog and become stained
- only squeegees with perfect & undamaged rubber blades must be used for careful drying of film
- wipe the dried surface gently with a soft clean cloth, taking extra care not to catch film edges.
- avoid fixing posters or notices onto film. Adhesive tapes cause permanent damage
- use low tack masking tape on film edges if redecorating window frames. Remove immediately!
- damage from poor maintaining can affect the warranty given by the manufacturer
Client’s staff should be aware of where film is fitted. It is important for cleaning contractors or other maintenance staff to know of a film’s existence before working by or on filmed windows.
NOTE: existing graphics on glass must be removed to permit window film to adhere properly. Always replace graphics on the unfilmed side of the glass pane.