The Definitive Guide to Cleaning Tinted Windows: How to Achieve Spotless Results!

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Investing in car window tint provides several advantages, from protecting you and your passengers from UV rays to promoting privacy. Still, the highest quality benefits will only be possible if proper maintenance is taken into account; cleaning tints on a weekly basis being an integral part of it. Although commercial cleaners may offer convenience, they can also damage these windows – fading or discoloring them over time. In this blog we have provided all essential information concerning do’s and don’ts when caring for your window tints so that you always get the best results!

Things to Avoid using on Tinted Windows

To keep your tinted windows in good condition for a long time, you should refrain from using certain products and materials. 

  1.  Never use abrasive cleaners or sourcing pads when cleaning them since these can scratch and damage the film’s surface. It is also important to avoid ammonia-based cleaners as thi can cause the adhesive on the film to break down over time. 
  2.  Don’t use any sharp objects such as razor blades or knives to remove dirt from window films as this can puncture the material and cause irreversible damage. If you find yourself in a situation where stubborn derbis does not come off with general cleaning methods, contact a professional for safe for safer removal techniques. 

If you are in doubt about what product or cleaning method to use on your tinted windows, always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions or speak with a professional installer. They will be able to recommend the best solutions that will not damage the window film while still providing excellent results. Additionally, it is generally advised to clean your tinted windows at least once every two weeks in order to keep them free from dirt, dust, and other derbis.

Best Cleaner For Tinted Windows

When cleaning your car’s tinted windows, it is important to use products specifically designed for use on automotive glass. These products will not damage the tint while still providing a strak-free shine. A good choice would be a window cleaner specifically formulated for automotive use suc as Meguiar’s Perfect Clarity Glass Cleaner or Invisible Glass Premium Auto Glass Cleaner. Both of these products contain surfactants which help remove dirt and grime without leaving streaks or residue behind. Moreover, both of these cleaners are ammonia-free and safe to use on all types of automotive tints.

Paper Towels To Clean Tinted Windows

It is not recommended that you use paper towels to clean your car’s tinted windows due to potetial risk of scratching  the film with sharp edges or fiers from the towel itself. Instead opt for microfiber cloths which are designed specifically for automotive detailing and contain no abrasive materials that could scratch or damage your car’s window tints. Microfiber cloths also absorb more liquid that paper towels manking them ideal for wiping away dirt and grime without streaking or smudging.

Dish Soap To Clean Tinted Windows

No! Dish soap should never be used on vehicle tints as it contains harsh detergents that can strip aways at the protective coating over time causing discoloration and fading of the window film itself. If you must use soap then opt for one specifically designed for auto detailing such as Meguiar’s All Purposr Cleaner+ which is pH balanced and gentle enough to safely clean automotive tints without damaging them in any way.

Clean Tinted Windows with Household Products

There are some household products that can get the job done without damaging your car’s tinted windows. Read on for a guide on how to clean tinted windows with vinegar and alcohol.

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Cleaning with Vinegar

Vinegar is one of the best all-purpose cleaners out there, and it’s perfect for cleaning your car’s tinted windows. Start by Mixing up a solution of equal parts water and white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture onto window using a circular motion, taking care not to saturate the window too much. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe aways any dirt or grime from the surface of the window. Finally, buff any any streaks or residue using another clean cloth until you have achieved an even, streak free finish.

Cleaning With Alcohol

Alcohol works great at cutting through grease and grime. Mix up two parts water with one part rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle, then spray it onto your window is an even layer from top to bottom. Use a soft cloth to wipe away any dirt or derbis from the surface of the glass before buffing aways any streaks left behind with another dry cloth or paper towel until you have achieved an even finish free of streaks.


When it comes to keeping your car’s tint in good condition, it is important to choose the right cleaner and avoid using harsh chemicals such as ammonia, or dish soap as they can cause irreversible damage to you tint job over time.

For best result when cleaning your automobile’s windows invest in an auto-specific cleaner such as Meguiar’s Perfect Clarity Glass Cleaner or Invisible Glass Premium Auto Glass CLeaner and pair it with soft microfiber cloth instead of paper towels on order to achieve a strat-free shine without risking scratches or other damage caused by abrasive materials found in paper towels. Following these simple steps will help your car’s tint looking great year round!