How to Clean Windows That Have Saltwater From the Ocean

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Things You'll Need

  • Spray bottle

  • White vinegar

  • Paper towels

  • Nylon scrub sponge

  • Lint-free cloth

  • Water

  • Squeegee


Don't use wire-bristled brushes on glass.

Salt spray adheres firmly to window glass.

Sparkling clean windows allow a clear view to the outside and makes a home look well cared for. Unfortunately, those who live in coastal areas must combat the sticky ocean spray that smears windows. The spray adheres firmly to glass, so you'll need to dissolve the salt with basic household supplies. Once the salt is dissolved, you can clean the window as normal without vigorous scrubbing.


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Step 1

Fill a spray bottle with undiluted white vinegar and spray the exterior of the window glass, working your way from the top to the bottom of the glass. Saturate all surface with the vinegar. Use paper towels to wipe off any spray from the window frames, especially if they are aluminum.

Step 2

Wait five to 10 minutes so the vinegar can dissolve the salt scum. Scrub the surface of the window glass with a nylon scrub sponge or brush. Use firm, circular motions as you scrub to loosen up the grime.

Step 3

Wipe the window glass from top to bottom in long strokes, using a lint-free cloth to remove most of the grime and vinegar.


Step 4

Open the spray bottle and dilute the remaining white vinegar by half with water. Spray the glass again with the diluted mixture.

Step 5

Place a squeegee at the top left corner of the glass and pull it all the way down to the bottom. Remove the squeegee and wipe it on a paper towel. Return the squeegee to the top of the glass beside the first cleaned area and pull it down again.

Step 6

Continue cleaning the window glass with the squeegee until no moisture remains.



Kimberly Johnson

Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.