Can Self-Cleaning Windows truly replace Professional Cleaning?
Glass companies and construction firms are investing in self-cleaning technologies but can they ever replace traditional cleaning services?
Commercial property owners and managers understandably want to find ways to make their property as cost-effective and cutting edge as possible. When new technologies are developed to make it easier and cheaper to run a business and keep its premises in top condition, it’s understandable that business owners are interested and want to consider all options available to them.
It’s easy to see why self-cleaning class has become popular. It has a futuristic and modern feel and not having to worry about keeping windows clean, especially for buildings with a lot of windows or glass construction, is probably very appealing.
Unfortunately, self-cleaning glass isn’t quite at the stage of being able to be left entirely to its own devices. To remain in perfect condition, you do still need help from the professionals. There are many clever and effective ways to use self-cleaning glass, particularly in hard-to-reach areas such as in windows in roof dormers or similar spaces. It also helps ensure windows are kept smart and look pristine in between cleans, but there will come a time when you need to call in the experts and ensure your commercial building’s windows continue to look their best. Here are some considerations to keep in mind when considering self-cleaning glass.
Sunshine and Rainwater is Essential
The difference between regular glass and self-cleaning glass is an additional special film coating. This film coating one of two types. The first type is hydrophobic, which means it repels water. The second type is hydrophilic which means it attracts water and causes it to spread out across the glass in a thin layer, breaking down any dirt. The technology is activated by the sun’s ultraviolet light which means it isn’t a great solution for windows which do not get much sunlight or in areas where there are significant periods of no rain. The self-cleaning glass won’t be able to work properly, and it may result in streaky or smeared windows.
Stubborn Dirt Remains
Self-cleaning glass is great for dealing with light dirt, dust and air pollutants but it won’t stand up against heavier types of dirt and grime such as bird droppings or other materials which stick fast to the glass. The technology simply isn’t able to deal with this kind of dirt, which is why you’ll still need to keep your professional cleaners number handy if you notice grime building up.
Risk of Scratches
Self-cleaning glass relies upon its thin film coating to work effectively, and it’s precision designed and ultra-thin, measures less than a millimeter in thickness. Non-abrasive tools should always be used when cleaning the glass by hand and the windows should only be washed using pure water and not any unnecessary chemicals. The film may scratch or tear if not treated correctly.
An Expensive Addition
Self-cleaning glass helps ensure your windows look fresh and pristine, most of the time, but it does come at a cost. It is a relatively new technology, so the costs are still high, and it works out about 20% more expensive than regular double-glazing. It can be a good investment, but it won’t be if you think it is a full-time replacement for your window cleaning company.
Professional and Eco-Friendly Window Cleaning Services
At Penn Jersey we offer a range of window cleaning services to clients of all sizes, focusing on eco-friendly solutions to ensure a green and environmentally friendly approach to cleaning. We can clean regular windows but can also be on-hand if you want occasional and deep cleaning for your self-cleaning windows too.