Windows on aircraft are extremely sensitive and easy to damage, not too mention expensive to fix or replace. This is why its extremely important to take all the necessary precautions when cleaning aircraft windows. If you’re in the habit of cleaning your aircraft windows yourself we’ve put together a list of 5 steps to help you do it effectively.
Step 1. Equipement: There isnt much equipment besides a cloth and a cleaning agent. However its important to pick the right ones. Good cloths to use include cheesecloth, microfiber towels, 100% cotton flannel or a chamois. Its very important that whatever cloth you use is completely free of dirt or debris before touching the surface of the window. Our preferred cleaning agents are Plexiclear, Plexus, or Novus aircraft polish
Step 2. Precautions: Its a good idea to take off any belt, rings, or watches when cleaning the aircraft windows. A simple graze could cause a major scratch in the window’s acrylic. Just do it, its much better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your aircraft.
Step 3. Rinse: Rinse the window with water first to remove any dirt or debris. You dont want to start polishing and grind leftover grains of sand deeper into the aircraft window. Its very important all surfaces are clean and clear before polishing.
Step 4. Polish: Using the approved cloths liberally apply the window cleaner to the window. Let it sit for a moment and do not rub. Give the cleaner time to work. If there’s bugs not coming off take the time to attend each one with the clean cloth. Then, with bare hand, go over the surface to feel and remove abrasive grit, taking care not to scratch the acrylic.
Step 5. Rinse and Dry: Now that the surface is clean you can choose to rinse with water again if you wish. Some cleaners dont suggest this so read the directional labeling on your product ahead of time. Then take another clean, dry microfiber or cheesecloth and wipe the surface dry.