How to keep windows ‘cleaner for longer’ and streak-free with genius home improvement

For those fed up having to clean their windows on a regular basis or struggle with streak, then there is a home improvement they can opt for that rids this hassle.

According to the experts at Southcoast Home Improvements, there is an “easy way” to maintain windows so that households don’t have to worry about them.

The answer to this is self-cleaning glass that has a special hydrophilic and photocatalytic coating on one fact that is activated using UV rays present in daylight.

They explained that the photocatalytic action breaks down organic dirt that lands on the surface of your windows, “preventing anything from sticking to the glass”.

There are two types of self-cleaning glass – hydrophobic and hydrophilic. Both types of windows clean themselves using water by rolling droplets down the glazing.

What is hydrophilic self-cleaning glass?

This type of glass is known as having the “lotus effect” which means it has a very high water repellency, just like the leaves of a lotus flower.

The experts said: “This is when the titanium dioxide coating on the glass reacts with UV light to generate electrons that break down organic dirt into tiny pieces which rainwater can wash away.”

An easy way to understand how this glass works is to think of a non-stick frying pan. These glass panels essentially produce a non-stick surface that “water can run off without streaking”.

What’s more, these types of window coatings are “resistant to scratches” and they work on all types of dirty.

The experts added: “Hydrophilic self-cleaning glass reduces the need for manual window washing, keeping your windows cleaner for longer.”

What is photocatalytic self-cleaning glass?

Photocatalytic self-cleaning glass works much the same as hydrophilic self-cleaning glass, except that it has an “extra coating”.

This additional coating is titanium dioxide and uses the sunlight to break down dirt on the glazing through a process called “photocatalytic decomposition”. Once the rain comes, it washes away the dirt.

However, if the weather is dry, households just have to hose down their windows to keep them clean.

Due to the coating on the glazing, water that hits the glass spreads out into an even sheet and runs off easily, taking any of the loosened dirt along with it.

As the rainwater runs off evenly, “no streaks are left behind” and your windows “dry quickly”.

The experts claimed that the coating on photocatalytic self-cleaning glass windows is “strong and has a long life span” so you don’t have to worry about replacing them.

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