While glass cleaning products have improved in recent times, they still demand a significant investment of your time and energy to keep your windows sparkling.

Self-cleaning glass almost sounds like science-fiction, but it is science fact! After many years of research and development leading glass manufacturer Pilkington has introduced the Pilkington Activ™ range of products.

What is self-cleaning glass?

Self-cleaning glass has a thin coating of titanium dioxide which breaks down organic dirt. Cleaning happens in a two-stage process

How does it work?

Stage 1 – Photocatalytic

The first stage of cleaning is “photocatalytic” (light-activating). The titanium dioxide coating reacts with the UV light in sunlight to generate electrons. These electrons turn water molecules from the air into hydroxyl radicals which break down organic dirt into tiny pieces which rainwater can simply wash away.

Stage 2 – Hydrophilic

The second stage of cleaning is “hydrophilic” (water-loving). In this stage, rainwater hitting the glass spreads out in an even sheet and runs off easily, taking the loosened dirt with it. No streaks are left behind, and the window dries swiftly.

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This environmentally friendly process is easy to maintain.

If the thought of dragging the ladder out of the garden shed to clean the windows makes you nauseous, then self-cleaning glass is the solution for you.

Pilkington Activ™ not only brings you fantastic low maintenance glass cleaning but also allows you to combine it with various products for the ultimate in glass solutions.

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References

http://www.explainthatstuff.com/how-self-cleaning-windows-work.html 

http://www.pilkington.com/en-gb/uk/householders/types-of-glass/self-cleaning-glass/how-does-it-work