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How to Clean Window Tracks for Working Windows in the Summer

Posted by: Raj Kain

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Published On: May 28, 2024

Dirty sliding window tracks

Summer’s here and you want to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. But wait! Your windows are stuck in their tracks with winter’s grime, keeping cool air out. Don’t let grimy window tracks prevent you from opening and closing your windows and doors easily! We’re here to tell you how to clean window tracks to let the summer breeze into your home

This post will walk you through some easy methods using natural cleaning solutions and store-bought options. So whether you’re a cleaning whiz or not, all you’ll need is a little elbow grease to have your windows operating smoothly again.

Supplies You’ll Need 

Before we dive into scrubbing, here’s what you’ll need to tackle those tracks:

  • Vacuum cleaner: This will be your first defence against loose dirt and debris. A crevice tool or upholstery attachment works well for this situation.
  • Cleaning solution: Choose from two options:
    • Natural: For an eco-friendly approach, mix equal parts white vinegar, warm water, and a drop of dish soap in a spray bottle.
    • Store-bought: An all-purpose cleaner can also be effective. Opt for one suitable for windows.
  • Brush: A brush is perfect for reaching those tight corners and crevices.
  • Microfibre Cloths: These cloths are gentle and won’t scratch your window surfaces.

🧽 Cleaning Tip: Remove window screens first to gain better access to the window tracks, especially the tight spaces where dirt loves to hide.

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Cleaning Door and Window Tracks

With supplies in hand, it’s time to get to work. Here are four steps on how to clean window tracks:

Step 1: Vacuuming 

  1. Start by giving the window tracks a quick once-over with your vacuum cleaner’s crevice tool attachment. This will remove dust, loose dirt, and cobwebs that might be lurking.
  2. Pay close attention to the corners and crevices where debris tends to accumulate.

Step 2: Loosening the Nitty-Gritty 

Now that you’ve removed the large debris on the tracks, here are two methods for getting the gunk and mould out.

Method 1: Natural Cleaning Solution

  1. If you opted for the eco-friendly route, grab your spray bottle filled with vinegar, water, and dish soap.
  2. Spray the solution liberally onto the track, paying particular attention to any visible dirt or grime.
  3. Let the solution sit for a few minutes to loosen any stuck-on debris.

Method 2: Store-Bought All-Purpose Cleaner

  1. If you’d rather use a store-bought solution, follow the directions on the bottle.

💡Important Tip: Always test store-bought cleaner on an inconspicuous area of the track to ensure it doesn’t cause discolouration on your window frames.

Read more: Your Front Door Deserves a Clean Too! Here’s How To Do It

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Step 3: Scrubbing the Grime 

  1. Dip the brush into your chosen cleaning solution.
  2. Gently scrub the track, paying attention to the corners and crevices where dirt builds up. The bristles will help loosen any stubborn grime.
  3. Create a paste with baking soda and some water for stubborn grime. Apply this paste to grimy areas and let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing.

Step 4: Wiping It Off 

  1. Once you’ve finished scrubbing, wipe off the loosened dirt and cleaning solution.
  2. Use a damp microfibre cloth to wipe the track, removing residue left behind from scrubbing.
  3. Dry the tracks with a clean, dry microfibre cloth. This will prevent water spots from forming.

How to Clean Window Sills: As you clean each track, wipe the window sills with a separate damp cloth. This will remove dust or grime that may have settled on the glass while you were cleaning the tracks.

Bonus: Steam Cleaning for the Toughest Dirt 

Steam cleaners are lifesavers when all other methods have failed and stubborn grime has settled into your tracks. Before using a steam cleaner on your window tracks, consult your manufacturer’s instructions to ensure it’s safe for your specific window. It may damage other window frame types like uPVC so it’s best to be sure.

To avoid damaging the frame, don’t hold the steam nozzle too near the track for an extended time. Clean the window using a rug or microfibre cloth after you’ve removed the stubborn dirt. 

If you’re unsure how to clean window sills and tracks, stick with the gentler window and door maintenance methods outlined earlier.

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Lubricating Your Tracks 

Clean tracks are great, but even after a thorough cleaning, your windows might still feel sticky or difficult to open and close. Lubricating window tracks creates a thin lubrication layer that reduces friction between the window sash and the track, allowing the window to slide effortlessly. Although it won’t stop dust from landing on the tracks completely, it makes it harder for dust to stick and easier to clean off, lowering the buildup that can make dust stick.

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