Step 2: Wipe clean with a squeegee (Picture Window)

man wiping soapy window pane with a squeegee
Photo: Kenneth Chen
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Starting at the top left, pull the squeegee over the soapy pane in a reverse-S pattern (left-handers would start at the top right). At the end of each stroke, wipe the squeegee's blade clean with a lint-free rag. Cloth diapers or old linen napkins are perfect for this task.
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    Tools List

    • Squeegee
      Squeegee
    • Strip applicator with cloth head
      Strip applicator
    • Chamois or lint-free rag
      Chamois, and a lint-free rag or two
      like a cloth diaper or old linen napkin
    • hacksaw
      Hacksaw
      to custom cut squeegee for multipane windows
    • utility knife
      Utility knife

    Shopping List

    1. Dishwashing liquid

    2. Super-fine (000) steel wool

    3. Mild abrasive cleaner, like Barkeeper's Friend

    4. 3-Star Barrier Glass Surface Protectant clear polymer coating

    5. Natural sponge (optional)