Do Self-Cleaning Windows Really Work?

For those who dread routine household tasks (so, just about everybody) the market provides an endless stream of high-tech solutions. These days you can start dinner at home by logging into a smartphone app at work. Or, you can program your sprinkler system to provide the right amount of “rain” to different parts of the yard. And many of you have given up vacuuming in favor of putting up your feet and watching an entertaining robot do the work for you.

So it’s no wonder that the market has provided yet another solution to an unpopular task: Self-cleaning windows promise you’ll never have to suffer through that chore again. But do they really work?

No, self-cleaning windows don’t actually scrub themselves. These windows are made from a specific kind of glass, covered with a special film. There are two different kinds on the market, and they work in slightly different ways, but they basically use water to release grime from the surface of the glass.

The water is the problem in some areas. Self-cleaning windows require a significant amount of rainfall a couple of times per month, in order to work correctly. So while self-cleaning windows do actually work well in many parts of the country, here in Southern California we typically don’t get enough rain year-round to make them a worthwhile investment.

Still, it’s a great idea to keep in mind for the future. Perhaps the technology will continue to improve, and in the future self-cleaning windows will work well with very little water from the environment. In the meantime, we’ll all just have to keep cleaning our windows the old-fashioned way. But if you’re tired of that chore, the market provides yet another solution: Give us a call about our professional window cleaning services, and we will get your windows sparkling clean in no time.