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BulletShield Care Instructions: How to Clean Your Retrofit Security Window Shield
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BulletShield Care Instructions: How to Clean Your Retrofit Security Window Shield

BulletShield by DefenseLite is a retrofit, clear security shield that installs over existing window and door glass, creating a bullet-resistant, impenetrable layer that stands up against 9MM, .44 Magnum, and AR-15 bullets – to name a few.

If you’ve recently had a BulletShield system installed, we want to help you keep it performing at its best. Periodic cleaning of BulletShield panels using correct procedures with compatible household cleaners can help prolong the service life of your material.

All BulletShield panels are hard-coated, abrasion-resistant products that offer a high degree of scratch resistance and surface hardness. These products provide superior protection against unintentional chemical attack. However, the use of abrasive, gritty cleaners and harsh cleaning methods – hard brushes, scrapers, squeegees, etc. – should be avoided to eliminate the possibility of scratching the surface coating.

The following cleaning techniques are based on standard industry practices. Feel free to reach out to us for additional guidance!

General Cleaning

  1. Thoroughly pre-rinse with warm water to loosen and wash away surface material, grit, and grime.
  2. Using a soft microfiber cloth or moist non-abrasive sponge, gently wash with a mild diluted soap or detergent.
  3. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm clean water. To prevent water spots, thoroughly dry the glazing with a dry soft cloth.

Removing Heavy Oils & Tars

  1. Thoroughly pre-rinse with warm water to loosen and wash away surface material, grit, and grime.
  2. With a 50/50 isopropyl alcohol-water mixture, gently rub the area with a soft non-abrasive cloth.
  3. Immediately rinse thoroughly with lukewarm clean water. To prevent water spots, thoroughly dry the glazing with a dry soft cloth.

Removing Graffiti, Paint, Marker, Inks, & Glazing Compounds

  1. Thoroughly pre-rinse with warm water to loosen and wash away surface material, grit, and grime.
  2. Using (Naphtha VM&P grade) isopropyl alcohol or butyl cellosolve, gently rub the area with a soft, non-abrasive cloth. Do not apply solvent cleaners under direct sunlight or during high temperatures.
  3. Immediately rinse thoroughly with lukewarm clean water. To prevent water spots, thoroughly dry the glazing with a dry soft cloth.

Removing Adhesive-Backed Labels

  1. Isopropyl alcohol (Naphtha VM&P grade) or kerosene will help lift stickers and adhesives.
  2. Immediately rinse thoroughly with lukewarm clean water. To prevent water spots, thoroughly dry the glazing with a dry soft cloth.

Compatible Cleaners

The following cleaning agents are compatible with BulletShield panels when used according to the manufacturer's recommendations:

  • Top Job
  • Joy
  • Palmolive Liquid
  • Windex

Points to Remember

  • Do not use abrasive cleaners.
  • Do not use high alkaline cleaners (high pH or ammoniated).
  • Do not leave cleaners sitting on BulletShield panels for periods of time; wash off immediately.
  • Do not apply cleaners under direct sunlight or at elevated temperatures.
  • Do not clean your glazing with any unapproved cleaners. When in doubt, seek guidance.
  • Using scrapers, squeegees, razors or other sharp instruments may permanently scratch your BulletShield panels.
  • Always avoid dry rubbing/cleaning your panels, as sand and dust particles clinging to the exterior of the glazing may scratch its surface.
  • An anti-static, canned-air Ionizer can reduce electrostatic charge buildup on BulletShield panels, consequently reducing dirt and dust buildup that would hinder cleaning.

Special Note

The edges of your BulletShield panel are not protected with an abrasion and chemical resistance hard coating. Do not allow cleaning solutions and solvents to pool along the edges for any length of time. Always rinse edges thoroughly with generous amounts of lukewarm clean water.

Contact Elite Security Glazing for Advanced Window Protection

At Elite Security Glazing, we supply and install window protection products, including security window film (good), DefenseLite (better), and BulletShield (best). If you’re looking to reinforce windows and doors with the highest level of protection, BulletShield is a cost-effective solution that transforms your existing windows into bullet-resistant glass.

Or, if you’re not quite sure that level of protection is needed, perhaps one of our other products is a better fit for your business. When you contact us, we’ll be happy to help weigh your options. Book a free consultation today to get started!

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