Pure Water Terminology | Hydrophobic and Hydrophilic

pure water technologyFirst of all, if you haven’t tried pure water technology yet, you are missing out. The stuff is amazing. We bought our first Tucker pole from Detroit Sponge back in 2003 or 2004. It was so heavy, but we were just in awe. It was amazing. I mean, the idea that a window cleaner can work without a squeegee is hard to wrap your brain around sometimes. 

It can be overwhelming when you just start out. And, really, there is a learning curve to cleaning windows this way. Two terms you should know are hydrophobic and hydrophilic.

Basically, glass manufacturers add coatings to the windows to help keep the windows clean. You may think of the term “self-cleaning windows”, which is a bit of a misnomer. No window cleans itself.

Hydrophobic, which technically means fear of water, repels water like no ones business. It is designed to make the water bead up and run off quickly. This can make cleaning with a water fed system tricky. Not impossible. Go slow, scrub well and it will get done.

Hydrophilic glass, on the other hand, loves water. Or, rather, the coating makes the water run off the glass in nice big sheets, which is great for the window washer. Unfortunately, the cost for hydrophilic coatings is about twice that of hydrophobic, so you will probably run across it less.

If you are interested in more information or have always wanted to see a pure water system up close and personal, give us a call and we can set something up.

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