How to Remove Shoe Polish From Windows


Car dealers commonly use shoe polish to mark the price or year of a car on the window. It is also often used to decorate the cars of newlyweds when they are leaving their reception for their honeymoon. The sooner you are able to clean the shoe polish, the easier it will be to remove.

Things You'll Need

  • Glass cleaner
  • Paper towels
  • Water
  • Liquid dishwashing detergent
  • Razor blade
  • Spray the window with a glass cleaner until the entire area is completely soaked. This will help break down the shoe polish and will make it easier to clean. Let the glass sit for several minutes.

  • Wipe the window down with paper towels. If the shoe polish is still on the windows, mix 1 cup water with several drops of liquid dishwashing detergent. Spray the mixture on the shoe polish stain.

  • Wipe the shoe polish away with paper towels. The liquid dishwashing detergent should help remove the grease from the shoe polish, but may not work for all stains.

  • Wet the surface again with the soapy mixture and use the edge of a razor blade to scrape away the stain. Do not use point of the razor blade, as it can easily scratch the surface of the window. Use care so you don't scratch the window. The soapy mixture should help the razor slide over the glass and prevent scratches. If the blade is not sliding properly, add more liquid dishwashing detergent.

  • Wipe down the area with paper towels to ensure that all of the shoe polish is removed.

  • Spray the window with window cleaner and wipe it down with paper towels.

Tips & Warnings

  • Never use a blade on a dry window as it can scratch more easily than on a wet window.
  • Do not use a blade to remove shoe polish from a window that has special coating or tinting.

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