The Benefits of self-cleaning glass

Being a property owner and having to clean your windows constantly getting rid of dirt, dust and other detritus can be frustrating and time consuming. Luckily the world’s leading glass manufacturers Pilkington Activ have come up with the perfect solution, self-cleaning glass. Choosing self-cleaning glass not only reduces the task of trying to wobble up a ladder with a bucket and getting covered in soapy water, but a lot of other unique benefits.
How it works
Pilkington Activ self-cleaning glass has a built in hydrophilic within the glass surface. This means when droplets of water hit the glass, it forms an almost even spread of water reducing streaks significantly. It also has a titanium-dioxide (TiO2) metal coating, helping the breakdown of dirt being deposited through UV light and rainwater.
Saves time and money
Not many people like to spend endless hours making their windows streak and dirt free when they could be enjoying other activities, hence why many choose self-cleaning glass. Self-cleaning glass does not need to be cleaned on a regular basis like normal glass, so whether you employ a window cleaner or chose to clean them yourself they will save a huge amount of money in the long run.
Safe and environmentally friendly
As many know, cleaning windows can be very dangerous, especially difficult to reach areas such as glass roofs, upper windows and conservatories. Self-cleaning glass means that windows can be kept clean all year round and you use no window cleaning products which helps the environment.

How to clean self cleaning glass correctly
There are some important factors you need to consider when you’re self-cleaning glass needs a bit of a clean, reducing damage. Long dry periods of weather will form inorganic particles, especially if you live near a road where dust and dirt is more prominent.
• Spray water with a hose starting from the top and use a back and forth motion, this will remove any dirt and dust
• Within hard water areas, use distilled water with a mild detergent in a spray bottle or a portable garden container with a hose attached to it. This will also get rid of those stubborn marks, for example dry bird droppings
• Let the self-cleaning glass dry naturally and avoid using a cloth or squeegee as this will damage the hydrophilic coating

Note: If you employ a window cleaner, notify them beforehand what type of glass you have on your property to help keep it in pristine condition.

There are many benefits for choosing Pilkington Activ self-cleaning glass including it being low in maintenance and cost-effective to homeowners. Self-cleaning glass is ideal for skylights, roof lanterns and other hard to reach areas, making it a lot safer option when it needs a clean. With unique properties built within self-cleaning glass, it uses natural daylight and rainwater to break down any organic particles that may land on the glass and it lasts for a lifetime.


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