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How to Clean Window Tracks

Your windows may sparkle and be crystal clear, but what about the track? A sliding window track can be a trap for dust, dirt and grime. If your window frame is in need of some extra attention, then check out this tutorial for cleaning window frames.

Cleaning window frames is fun

Things You Will Need

  • Sliding window track
  • Window frame
  • Vacuum
  • Garden hose
  • All-purpose household cleaner

Your windows may sparkle and be crystal clear, but what about the track? A sliding window track can be a trap for dust, dirt and grime.  If your window frame is in need of some extra attention, then check out this tutorial for cleaning window frames.

  1. Use your garden hose first to spray the outside of the sliding window track. Spiders love this area, and wind and rain all work together to trap dust and grime into the exterior window frames of your house. If the pressure of your hose isn't enough to remove the gunk, spray a mild detergent into the track to soak. You might need a scrub brush to loosen some of the matter, especially in the corners.
  2. A dirty sliding window track can grow mold
  3. Vacuum the interior window frame with your hose end or brush end attachment first, to rid them of animal hair and dust. If you don't have a brush end attachment, use a stiff bristled paintbrush to dislodge the trapped dust and dirt.
  4. Spray an all-purpose household cleaner into the sliding window track and wipe with a soft cloth until it looks clean. You might want to use a cotton swab in the cracks.
  5. Your window frame can be clean
  6. For the outside of the window you can use the same soft cloth or, if your frame is textured, a microfiber eraser-type sponge for cleaning window frames.
  7. Tip

    When cleaning window frames, a toothpick can sometimes scrub deep into corners you can't reach.

    Warning

    Be sure windows are closed completely before spraying them with a garden hose.

Things You Will Need

  • Sliding window track
  • Window frame
  • Vacuum
  • Garden hose
  • All-purpose household cleaner

Tip

  • When cleaning window frames, a toothpick can sometimes scrub deep into corners you can't reach.

Warning

  • Be sure windows are closed completely before spraying them with a garden hose.

About the Author

Lisa Russell has been a writer since 1998. She's been published in Rethinking Everything Magazine, Playdate, AERO and Home Educator's Family Times. She has a Bachelor of Science in business marketing management and a professional background in marketing, education, cosmetology and hospitality.

Photo Credits

  • Kettu (1) and Kevinrosseel (2) at morguefile.com
  • Kettu (1) and Kevinrosseel (2) at morguefile.com