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How to Clean Film Off New Windows

Updated February 21, 2017

New windows often come coated with a plastic film to protect the glass, and removing it can leave streaks and smudges from the glue residue. You may have tried cleaning these off of the surface of your new windows using a traditional glass cleaner, only to find that it simply smears this residue around, making the problem worse. There is a correct way to remove the protective film from new windows, and it is actually simpler and quicker than you might think.

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  1. Peel away each piece of protective plastic film from your windows,carefully,using your fingers.

  2. Combine the water, vinegar, and dish detergent in a large empty spray bottle. Screw on the bottle's spray head and shake the bottle to thoroughly mix the ingredients.

  3. Spray your windows with a generous, even layer of the homemade solution. Slightly crumple a piece of acid-free paper and wipe each window from top to bottom in long, straight lines.

  4. Examine the windows to ensure that all of the residue has been removed and that there is no streaking. Spray the windows a second time and wipe them down if there are any marks remaining.

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Things You'll Need

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp liquid dish detergent
  • Large spray bottle
  • Acid-free paper

About the Author

Jourdan Townsend has been writing since childhood. Her articles appear in a collection of student works at the University of Oklahoma as well as in the school's "Honors College Journal." Townsend also composes poetry, some of which can be found in an edition of the "Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans." Townsend holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication.

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