One of the best investments you can make in your home or business is installing a window film. From decorative window film to security film, there are plenty of customizable options for every purpose. And with the proper care and maintenance, your film will look new for many years to come.

As the Twin Cities’ most trusted source for residential and commercial window tinting, our team at Sun Control likes to do everything we can to help our customers make their film last.

 In this post, we’re breaking down everything you need to know to keep your film in great shape for as long as possible. To learn more about our commercial and residential window tinting solutions, call us today!

How Does 3M Window Security Film Work?

The 3M Window Security Films secures your glass window by strengthening it. It works as extra protection for your glass window and firmly sticks onto it. So, even if your window accidentally breaks, the shattered glass will stay in place.

The films are generally made from polyester and vary in thickness to offer different levels of protection for the glass window.

Besides strengthening your window, security films also protect against harmful UV rays and keep your house or commercial property safe from intruders.

Tips to Clean Your Window Films

Although 3M window film is incredibly durable, it’s important to remember that it’s not the glass and should be treated with a certain level of care. Fortunately, it’s not hard to keep your 3M security film looking great.

Follow these guidelines suggested by the manufacturer.

1. Avoid Scratching

Some cleaners and cleaning materials can be abrasive to 3M window film. Avoid using any stiff-bristled brush as it can leave marks and scratch the film's surface. Newspapers and paper towels are also advised against. Instead, opt for a clean, soft sponge or a soft cloth. Use a separate cloth or sponge to clean your window frames and sills.

Additionally, avoid using harsh or abrasive cleaners. Instead, use a gentle standard glass cleaner like Windex.

2. Wipe Gently

Using your gentle cleaner and cloth, gently wipe the window surface. Avoid using heavy pressure during the cleaning process. Be especially cautious around spliced areas, cleaning in the direction of the splice. After wiping, use a soft squeegee to remove the excess cleaning solution from the windows. Be sure to dry the film thoroughly each time you clean.

3. Use Fresh Equipment

Never reuse the same cleaning cloth, sponge, and water indoors and outdoors. Instead, take the time to get a new cloth or sponge and clean the water. This reduces the chance that debris from the exterior will damage your film, as dirt and grime can be somewhat abrasive.

4. Clean in the Same Direction as the Edges

When cleaning the window film, wipe in the same direction as the cut lines along the edges of the film. To help secure the window film in place, you should ensure the edges do not come off while cleaning. You can wipe horizontally at the top and bottom edges and vertically at the side edges.

5. Dry the Film Well After the Cleaning

It is essential to dry the window security film properly once you are done washing it. If it isn't properly dried, the water droplets can penetrate the film and the glass window, leading to bubble formation.

Additionally, this can also reduce the durability of the window films. You can use a dry sponge or any soft cloth to soak the water. Consider seeking professional advice to resolve the issue at the earliest.

6. Do Not Clean Every Day

You’ll be surprised to know that window security films can go for a month without requiring any proper cleaning. So, it is ideal to space your cleaning for at least 25 to 30 days. Cleaning the films daily could potentially damage the overall quality of the security films.

Learn About Minnesota Window Security Film Installation

3M window security film is a powerful deterrent to smash-and-grab crimes. Because it doesn’t easily shatter, it slows down criminals and increases the chance that they’ll get caught. And it can also protect your home against impacts from wind, hail, and errant baseballs.

To discuss which window film is suitable for your home or business, call 651.490.1060, or contact us online today.