The self-cleaning glass, long considered an impossible dream, is now a reality and available in your own home.
Pilkington Activ ™ Self-cleaning glass
After years of research and development, glass manufacturer Pilkington has launched the Pilkington Activ ™ product line. It includes a range of products that combine both self-cleaning and sunscreen, making them highly sought after by homeowners looking for the best glass solutions.
On this website you will find all the information you need on the use of self-cleaning glasses and their numerous benefits at home. These include saving time, energy and money, as well as the ability to combine Pilkington Activ ™ products with other Pilkington products, such as heat insulation, solar control and sound insulation.
Figure 1: UV light activates the coating
After installation, the special coating requires 5-7 days of exposure to daylight to fully activate.
Figure 2: Organic dirt decomposes
The coating disintegrates the organic dirt, thereby reducing the adhesion of inorganic dirt.
Picture 3: The rain washes away the dirt
Water droplets spread on the surface as a “film”. The water collects the dirt and rinses it off the glass – a remarkable difference you can really see.
How does it work:
Demonstration of Self-Cleaning:
What is Self-Cleaning Glass?
Self-cleaning glass is exactly what it says it is – glass that keeps itself clean. It utilizes an organic process in which daylight dissipates the dirt and is washed away by rain.
Self-cleaning glass was long considered an impossible dream, but now it is a reality. After years of research and development, glass manufacturer Pilkington has launched the Pilkington Activ ™ range – the world’s first self-cleaning glass.
The range is environmentally friendly and easy to maintain. It features a range of products that combine both self-cleaning and sunscreen, making them highly sought after by homeowners looking for the best possible glass solutions.
How self-cleaning glass works
There is a large selection of operators offering window cleaning services on the market, which has facilitated window cleaning and maintenance. Employees still need to shed a lot of sweat to keep your windows looking great – and operators can’t even begin to compete with the ease and effectiveness of self-cleaning glasses.
Pilkington Activ ™ range: two-step cleaning process
After years of product development, Pilkington Activ ™ is the world’s first self-cleaning glass that uses a microscopic coating with a unique two-part mechanism.
The first part of the purification process is “photocatalytic”. At this stage, the coating reacts to daylight to decompose organic dirt.
The second part is “hydrophilic”. Here, instead of forming droplets, the rainwater hits the glass and spreads evenly down as a single film while flushing away the dirt. In addition, the surface dries quickly without leaving any streaks.
If the thought of endless window cleaning lessons makes you want to give up the idea of building a greenhouse or installing skylights, self-cleaning glasses are just what you need. Watch this video demo to get a better idea of how self-cleaning glass works with the forces of nature to keep your glass clean.
Benefits of self-cleaning glass
The Pilkington Activ ™ range consists of self-cleaning glass (Pilkington Activ ™ Clear) and self-cleaning glass with sunscreen properties (Pilkington Activ ™ Blue, Pilkington Activ ™ Bronze and Pilkington Activ SunShade ™ Neutral and Blue). Each product has its own unique and common benefits.
Saves time and money
All the time that goes into window cleaning has led many homeowners to switch to self-cleaning glasses.
The self-cleaning glass asennuttaminen, which is in addition to sun protection, such as Pilkington Activ ™ Blue or Neutral, can reduce the need for air conditioning and heating costs can be saved by using matalaemissiivistä glass such as Pilkington K Glass ™, an insulating the inside of the glass.
Easy glass cleaning
All that is needed for the Pilkington Activ ™ range of glasses is the power of nature, sunlight and rain (or, in dry seasons, the garden hose). Not only do you get cleaner glasses, Pilkington Activ ™ is also environmentally friendly because no detergents are needed. So doing your part for the environment while keeping your home looking good.
Pilkington Activ ™ can be combined with other products
Glass technology makes it possible to combine different features, such as thermal insulation, security, sun protection and noise protection, with different products. Pilkington Activ ™ offers you both an incredibly easy glass cleaning method and the ability to combine different products to get the best glass solution by far.
Written by materials of Pilkington.com