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How to Clean Tinted Windows for Car and Home

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Imagine spending bucks over your window tint, but the result is a disaster? Frustrating! Isn’t it? It might happen if you don’t sweat on cleaning it properly.

Therefore, I will let you know how to clean tinted windows for cars and homes in this very article. Let’s get started.

The tinted windows provide various benefits. These are

  • Privacy to avoid creeps.
  • Protection from harmful UV rays and infrared rays.
  • Provide flashy looks to your window

You can buy the tinted windows that come directly from the factory. On the other hand, you can also get your windows tinted by the DIY process. And, no doubt it will save you money.

Caring for the tinted car is not a complicated one. The process is very easy. You need to ensure that you know the process properly. Otherwise, if you apply the ammonia-based cleaner without knowing, it’ll damage the tinted windows instantly. One thing to remember is if you’re using the factory-installed tinted windows, they’re not a film. Thus, you can use the commercial glass cleaner for that window. 

Part 1: Preparation before Cleaning Window Tint

Find a shade for parking:

It’s recommended to park the car in the garage. Parking in the sun causes the cleaning agent to dry up quickly. So it gets difficult to soap up, rinse or dry off properly. Thus, you’ll end up with an incomplete cleaning job! So if the garage is not available, choose a suitable tree for the parking.

But one thing to remember is that some trees have sap that can damage your car. It makes the car discolored. So before parking under the tree shade, ensure that there is no sap coming out from the tree.

Enemies for the tinted windows:

You need to know what products may damage the window. Some products are harmful to the tinted windows and thus reduce life. These are-

  • Ammonia-based products
  • Paper towels
  • Newspapers
  • Scouring pads
  • Any abrasive product etc.

Ammonia products cause the material to be dry, imperfect, and brittle.

**Note: People use a razor blade or knife for smoothing the tinted window and bringing the bubbles out. But it might cause imperfections and lines in the film. So better to use a credit card wrapped in a soft cloth and release the bubbles.

Clean your window at the very end:

Clean the other parts of the car and keep the window cleaning for the last step. While cleaning other parts, the windows might get dirty due to spraying, splattering, etc., so clean the car thoroughly inside and outside and finally, go for cleaning the tinted windows.

Part 2: Methods for cleaning tinted windows

Method 1: Use natural materials to clean the window

It’s the best way to clean the lightly soiled tinted windows for regular cleaning. Since the film is made from thin plastic, excessive chemicals can damage the quality of the film. So clean the tinted windows naturally.

Necessary materials:

  • Spray bottle of water
  • Microfiber cloths  

Step1: Spray the window with water. Spray it from the spray bottle so that there’ll be light mist on the glass. You can wipe it by spraying it on the cloth. When you’re cleaning the tinted side, be careful.

Step2: At first, wipe vertically with the help of microfiber. Next, go for the horizontal wiping. Wipe it until all the droplets vanish.  

Step 3: Check whether there are any specks of dirt or streaks on the glass. There might be streaks as you’re using cloths to remove the dirt. Use the fresh side of the cloth and repeat the process to clean the window fully.

Step 4: Wipe the top edge of the glass by rolling down the window. If you avoid cleaning the top edges, you’ll observe the dirt line every time you roll down the tinted glass.

Step 5: Repeat the steps for cleaning all the windows

Step 6: After cleaning all the car windows, clean the interior windows.

Method 2: Cleaning with glass cleaner

Avoid ammonia-based glass cleaner. It’s used for removing the tinted film from the window. So it’s not a good option to use ammonia as a glass cleaner.

Necessary materials:

  • Lint-free cloth
  • Glass cleaner

Step 1:  Use ammonia-free glass cleaner like- Stoner Invisible Glass, foaming glass cleaner, etc. Besides, you can spray the cleaner onto your cloth and wipe the glass if you want to avoid spots on the window.

Step 2: Clean the full window. Clean it faster so that it doesn’t get dry easily. And cover every edge of the window.

Step 3: Follow the cleaning pattern. Clean vertically, then horizontally so that the glass cleaner dissipates completely.  

Step 4: If you clean with the excessive dirty cloth, you’ll notice streaks. So avoid excessive dirty cloth.

Step 5: Repeat the work and clean it until it doesn’t show any streaks. Use the cleaner side of the cloth. 

Step 6: Clean all the interior windows in the same way. You can even clean the exterior window with the same product. 

Method 3: Cleaning process for very dirty tinted window film

The window gets dirty when people smoke inside the car. Again, when there is a coolant residue on the glass due to the leaking of the heater core, then the windows get very dirty.

So, in that case, you need various treatments for cleaning the residue. The best treatment is to use a soap and water mixture. After that, you can follow the glass-cleaning process for removing the streaks.

Necessary materials:

  • Microfiber cloth
  • Bucket of warm water
  • Soft sponge
  • Dishwashing soap- it should have a grease-cutting formula for removing the heavy, sticky residue

Step 1: In the bucket of warm water, add a teaspoon of soap per gallon. Then insert a sponge to soak in the soapy water.

Step 2: Now, take out the sponge from the warm water and squeeze it properly so that there is no dripping. Now with this sponge, wipe off the windows. Otherwise, there is a possibility that the water runs down the car windows. The sponge will collect all the residue, and if it gets dirty, rinse it and wring it before using it.  

Step 3: Now wipe out with the help of a soft microfiber cloth. Wait until the window gets dry. You can notice some streaks on the window. 

Step 4: Repeat the steps for cleaning all the windows.

Step 5: Now clean the windows with a safe procedure.

Part 3: DIY Tint Safe Cleaner

Collect the necessary ingredients:

  • Distilled water
  • Baby soap
  • Spray bottle
  • Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol

There are three main components to make the ammonia-free tint safe: soap, water, and alcohol. Use distilled water with it, which is calcium or lime-free. Thus, there’ll be no spots or streaks in the tint. 

Mix the ingredient in a spray bottle

Clean a spray bottle properly and clean out dust or residue inside it if present. Then add two tablespoons of rubbing alcohol with a few drops of baby soap. Now add distilled water and mix the mixture properly after screwing the cap. 


  • Alcohol helps dissolve oil and grease, which results from the fingerprint on the window.
  • You can save a significant amount of money by making your safe cleaner. The ingredients have a long shelf life. So you can make it to a great quantity for later use.

Apply the safe cleaner

Apply the cleaner to the tinted surface the same way as the earlier glass cleaner. Follow the steps and complete the cleaning.

Spray the cleaner heavily where the tinting looks dirtiest. Then allow it to sit for 5 minutes [Plagiarized sentence. Make a change of this sentence]. Besides, allow the cleaner to sit on the edges of the window also. While cleaning, use two microfiber cloths. One cloth is for scrubbing away and wiping oil, grease, dust, etc. On the other hand, another cloth is for drying the remaining moisture after cleaning.      

If you find a difficult to stain, you need to spray heavily. Let the cleaner sit there for more than 5 minutes. Then wipe it out thoroughly. Repeat the process several times to remove the deep stain completely. 

To make your car drip-free, dampen the cloths and wipe firmly. Thus, it will lessen the drip formation. On the other hand, if the droplets drizzle down, wipe it out instantly.

Look for the missed spots.

Check for the missed spots. If you find difficulty watching the spots, change the angle of looking. When you find the spots, take the ammonia-free safe cleaner into the cloth and wipe it out firmly. Then dry it and buff the film with the drying cloth. You’re perfectly done when you make your glass completely spotless. 

Final words

Finally, did you get how to clean tinted windows? The process is quite easy and simple. It would help if you were careful while spraying the cleaner. Ensure that it’s ammonia-free cleaner. That’s it! Then start cleaning the tinted windows.

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