When it comes to phys­i­cal secu­ri­ty, win­dow film is a great prod­uct. Few prod­ucts can offer so many ben­e­fits with vir­tu­al­ly no com­pro­mise. Your win­dows become far stronger and safer, and your enjoy­ment remains the same!   If you care for your secu­ri­ty film, you can quick­ly get 20+ years of ser­vice. Many clients ask us for the best care tech­niques, so we thought we would share them here!

When you clean or work around your win­dows, you must not scratch or cut the secu­ri­ty film, a poly­ester lam­i­nate prod­uct.  

The poly­ester nature of the prod­uct also means it is NOT resis­tant to extreme heat. If you have a bar­be­cue on your deck, ensure it’s not near a win­dow with a film on it.

Avoid the use of bris­tle brush­es or any abra­sive clean­ing mate­ri­als. Instead, use a soft, clean cloth or a syn­thet­ic sponge for wash­ing the win­dows and frames.

Nev­er use the same sponge, buck­et, or tow­el to wipe the win­dow sills, frames, or the out­side of the win­dow. When you clean the inside of the win­dow, once you use the cloth, it picks up grit and abra­sives and can poten­tial­ly scratch the film.

Many of us have used news­pa­per or paper tow­els to clean win­dows. This is still okay for out­side or non-filmed win­dows. But because newsprint and paper tow­els use recy­cled mate­ri­als when made, they can con­tain tiny abra­sive met­al shards, etc. These can scratch the film, so it’s best to avoid it. Stick with clean clothes or sponges.

The excel­lent news about win­dow film is that it requires less clean­ing than stan­dard glass, as it’s less porous. It’s also eas­i­er to clean as the dust doesn’t pen­e­trate. A sim­ple solu­tion of mild dish soap and water will suf­fice for most clean­ing.

If you use a com­mer­cial clean­ing prod­uct, check the ingre­di­ent list to ensure no harsh chem­i­cals are present. It’s best to avoid ammo­nia cleansers and stick with cit­rus-based win­dow clean­ing prod­ucts.

Many like using win­dows as bill­boards, espe­cial­ly in com­mer­cial store­fronts. But once you install secu­ri­ty film (on the inside), it is NOT rec­om­mend­ed to use tape, adhe­sives, or suc­tion cups on the film. It’s time to be more cre­ative with hang­ing things in your win­dows, but avoid attach­ing any­thing direct­ly to the movie, as it can cause per­ma­nent marks or sep­a­ra­tion when you try to remove the tape/ suc­tion cups.

If you fol­low these sim­ple care and clean­ing tech­niques, you will enjoy many years of clear views with this excel­lent secu­ri­ty prod­uct.

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Allan Baum
Security Industry veteran with over 30+ years in the industry. Founded family owned and operated Protection Plus in 1994 with his wife and has overseen its growth since. In addition to working with his wife and son, Allan has assigned the role of Chief Canine Officer to his trusted dog Waub, who joins him at the office every day.