It is imperative to follow proper cleaning guidelines to avoid damage to the glass surface. This is especially important when dealing with coated glass types like reflectives or low- e. Even with the best intentions, window cleaners and other trades people may unintentionally damage the glass surface while trying to remove construction or other debris.
Solar Seal recommends beginning the cleaning process by thoroughly soaking the glass with water and a mild soap detergent should be used to clean a small area of the glass. It should then be inspected for damage. The use of abrasive cleaning solutions and/or scrapers of any kind or size are never recommended.
It is also recommended to remove grease and excess glazing materials by cleaning with a commercial solvent such as xylene, toluene or naphtha and then rinsing thoroughly with water as soon as possible after the installation. Never use fluoride salts or hydrogen fluoride producing components to wash the glass or nearby surfaces.
After glazing, all stickers, tapes and banners should be removed from the glass surface to avoid permanent prints.
Glass surfaces may be damaged by alkali run off from new masonry, welding sparks or other construction hazards. Suitable precautions should be taken.
Solar Seal is also proud to offer ClearShield® which greatly reduces the effort required to clean the glass surface.
For more information we urge you to contact Solar Seal and to review the Glass Association of North Amerca’s (GANA) “Proper Procedures for Cleaning Architectural Glass Products” as well as “Heat Treated Surfaces are different”. This reviews proper cleaning procedures more thoroughly and lists a quick view of Do’s and Don’ts.