How Do You Remove Cloudy Film from Windows?

How Do You Remove Cloudy Film from Windows?

The need to remove cloudy film from your windows may not even become apparent until you’ve been in a new home or commercial building. 

Why? This is when the clarity of the glass may have surprised you. Windows are part of the backdrop of everyday life, and so we don’t notice the buildup that happens over time. Here are some tips to restore your windows back to their pristine, crystal clear quality.

 

What Makes Windows Cloudy?

It’s important to note what is actually making your windows cloudy because that may change how you tackle cleaning it. Regular glass cleaner, for example, is not going to cut it. Exterior windows face all kinds of elements—rain, snow, dust, dirt, and grime. Without cleaning these off periodically, all that gunk can build up in layers on your glass, making the windows cloudy or hazy. 

Another key factor, especially in Utah, is the presence of hard water. The majority of the state has water between 181-250 milligrams calcium carbonate per liter, which is considered to be hard or very hard. The calcium in hard water can react with soap to create a soap scum, which is that cloudy residue you’ve seen on your glass shower door or your drinking glasses when they come out of the dishwasher. 

 

How to Remove Cloudy Film from Your Windows

Ditch the standard glass cleaner for this homemade cleaning recipe that will really cut through the grime. Pro tip: it may seem counterintuitive, but it’s better to wash windows on a cloudy day. Sunshine can cause the cleaning solution to evaporate too quickly, leaving streaks behind.

  1. In a spray bottle, combine 2 cups of white vinegar, 2 cups of water, and 5 drops of concentrated dish soap. Give it a good shake to thoroughly mix the ingredients. The vinegar is an acid and will help break up any mineral or hard water deposits. The dish soap helps to soften up the grime and gently remove dirt.
  2. Generously mist the solution over the surface of the window, and allow it to sit on the glass for a few minutes.
  3. Wipe off the window in a large circular motion using a lint-free microfiber cloth, newspaper, or even coffee filter. Using a squeegee is another great option to really get those windows sparkling.

If you follow these steps and don’t have crystal clear windows, you may be tempted to try something more potent. Be cautious about using stronger chemicals, as they can cause damage to your windows if not used properly. 

 

Contact Mountain States Windows & Siding

Sometimes hard water can also cause etching, which is permanent and irreversible. At that point, you might choose not to try and remove the cloudy film from your windows but replace them instead. With Mountain States Windows & Siding, each window replacement comes backed with a lifetime warranty on both material and labor. 

Whether you live in Lehi or Provo, our experts will help you choose the best window option for your home, and you’ll be able to enjoy a crystal-clear view of the beautiful Utah outdoors once again. Contact us today for a complimentary window replacement quote.

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