How To Clean Windows That Have A Film On Them? [Quick Cleanup In Few Steps]

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No one wants to look through dirty and hazy window glass, right? Well, it’s because the purpose of a glass window is to have a clear view of nature outside.

But windows get dirty over time and accumulate a thin extra film of trash on them. For example, your bathroom window/door glass might accumulate a thin layer of Calcium deposit due to the hardness of the water. Or, your house window might get a dirty film over time because of airborne dust.

In any case, you need to know how to clean windows that have a film on them. Luckily, we are here to help you out. We have provided the necessary steps for cleaning a window that has a dirty film on it. 

Furthermore, we have provided separate cleaning steps for windows that have a UV film on them and windows that do not. So, stay tuned.

How To Clean Windows That Have A Thin Film On Them?

For your convenience, we will provide separate cleaning instructions for 2 types of windows: stained windows that have a UV protective film on them and stained windows that have no synthetic film on them.

Although the basic cleaning steps of both types of windows are about the same, you need to be extra careful to clean windows that have a thin UV film on them.

How To Clean Windows That Have A UV Film On Them:

Some windows have a synthetic layer of UV protective film that blocks the access of sunlight. This type of window is mostly seen in cars and households. Now, the difficulty with cleaning this type of window is that you have to be careful not to damage the UV protective film at the time of cleaning.

However, you’ve got nothing to worry about because we have mentioned all the cautionary steps right here:

1. Acquiring The Needed Objects:

In order to complete the cleaning process, you need to have the following things at your hand readied:

  • White vinegar/glass cleaner
  • Spray bottle
  • Microfiber fabric/microfiber rug
  • Synthetic sponge
  • A squeegee
  • Hand gloves

2. Ensuring That The UV Film Has Fully Cured:

If you have newly applied the UV film to your window, you have to wait at least 30 days for the UV film to completely stick to your window glass. Applying any cleaning procedure without waiting for this specific time will damage the UV protective film layer.

So, make sure you wait for at least a month before trying any cleaning procedures.

3. Spraying White Vinegar Or Glass Cleaner:

If you want to complete this procedure in a DIY fashion, you can use basic white vinegar to clean the windows. Or, you can also buy any off-the-shelf glass cleaner that you can find in your local store and use it.

All in all, in this step, what you have to do is spray the cleaning solution onto the glass surface.

4. Letting The Cleaning Solution Sit:

After you just sprayed the cleaning solution onto your window you have to wait for at least 5 minutes for the cleaning solution to do its work. Most cleaning solutions are alkaline-based, so they can easily get rid of any mineral deposits or dust deposits on your window glass.

5. Scrubbing The Windows:

At this point, all you have to do is scrub your windows with a microfiber rug. Now, in the time of scrubbing, do not put too much pressure with your hand because it can damage the UV protective film on your window glass.

So, take your time and slowly scrub every corner of your window. That way, you can slowly but surely clean off all the mineral deposits from your window without damaging the UV protective film.

6. Using A Squeegee To Remove The Moisture:

After all the above-mentioned procedures have been done, you need to make sure that that extra moisture is removed from your window surface. To do that, you can use a squeegee to sweep away any excess liquids from the surface of your window.

Congratulations! You’re done cleaning. 

How To Clean Glass Windows That Have A Dirt / Mineral Film On Them?

In this subsection, we will tell you how you can easily clean your glass windows which have accumulated a film of dirt or minerals. As we have mentioned above, though your environment’s atmosphere doesn’t contain much airborne dust, minerals from the water vapor can put a layer of minerals over your glass windows.

That’s why, to routinely clean your windows, you’ll have to use the steps we have mentioned below:

1. Acquiring The Required Items:

You need the following items at your hand to complete this cleaning procedure:

  • Hot water
  • Microfiber rug/fabric
  • Squeegee
  • Spray bottle
  • Glass cleaner / white vinegar
  • Hand globes

2. Readying The Solution Mixture:

If you want to clean your window glass in a DIY way, you need to prepare a cleaning solution at home. To do that, use white vinegar and hot water.

Now, go ahead and mix a 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and hot water.  Make sure that the water is not boiling hot. Instead, the water should only be lukewarm. 

Or, if your window is heavily hazy due to dust and dirt, you can also use 100% pure vinegar as a cleaning solution as well.

But, if you don’t want to take the trouble of making a solution mixture on your own, you can simply buy any glass cleaner that you can find in your local store. 

3. Spraying Hot Water On The Window Glass:

At this point, you should start the cleaning by spraying lukewarm water on your window glass. Applying warm water can sometimes dissolve any oil or accumulated dirt.

That, in turn, can massively boost your cleaning efficiency when you’re going to apply cleaning solutions on the glass surface.

4. Applying Cleaning Solution

In this step,  you have to spray the cleaning solution (glass cleaner or white vinegar) on the surface of your window glass. 

Make sure you apply the cleaning solution to the glass while it’s still warm. The cleaning efficiency of any cleaning solution can multiply up to 2x if it’s warm.

5. Scrub The Window With Microfiber Rug:

Now, you have to use a microfiber rug to scrub your window. So, make use of your hands to scrub the microfiber rug on the window glass. Don’t forget to wear hand gloves so that your hands are protected from chemical hazards. 

The scrubbing duration can be anything between 5 to 20 minutes depending on the amount of accumulated dirt. However, we suggest you scrub your windows for at least 15 minutes in all cases so your cleaning is done with 100% perfection.

6. Using A Squeegee To Remove The Cleaning Solution:

As the last step of your cleaning procedure, you’ll have to use a squeegee to remove the excess moisture from your window glass. Once you remove the cleaning solution off your window glass, you should immediately notice that your window has gotten a new clearer appearance.

You should be able to look through the window and enjoy the crystal clear view of nature outside. And, just like that, your cleaning procedures have been completed. 

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Well, there you’ve it, people. Now that you’ve got a clear understanding on how to clean windows that have a film on them. Hopefully if you follow the aforementioned steps, you’ll be able to accomplish this job with ease.

As you can see, the cleaning steps for the window glasses are surprisingly easy. And, you don’t need any specialized items to pull this off. 

So, go ahead and use our guide to clean your windows right away. Best of luck!!

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