How to Clean Vinyl Window Tracks

Cleaning tracks is an essential part of window cleaning.

Cleaning the tracks on windows is an essential part of keeping your windows clean.
Dirt, dead bugs, dust and other debris accumulate in the vinyl tracks of windows. Dirty window tracks make for an unsightly window that may not open easily. Make cleaning window tracks a part of your routine house cleaning to preserve the appearance of the windows. .

Open the window completely. Remove the window, if possible, for a more thorough cleaning.

Suck out loose dirt and debris with a vacuum cleaner hose. Use a small paintbrush to remove loose dirt and debris from the corners and crevices of the track where the vacuum hose cannot reach.

Place a few squirts of liquid dish soap into a bucket. Fill the bucket with water as hot as you can tolerate.

Dip a rag into the bucket of soapy water. Wipe the dirt and dust from the window tracks. Wipe down the side tracks as well as the bottom.

Wrap the rag around a flat-head screwdriver. Remove dirt from corners and crevices of the track with the screwdriver.

Scrub the window tracks with an old toothbrush dipped in the soapy water to remove tough dirt stains. Use the toothbrush to get into the corners as well.

Go over the window tracks with a rag dampened with plain water. Follow up with a dry rag for removing any excess soap and water.

Use a vinegar mixture as an alternative cleaning solution for window tracks. Combine equal parts white vinegar and hot water into a bucket. Clean the window tracks in the same manner noted above using the vinegar solution. Rinse the window track with a damp rag and dry.

Things You Will Need

  • Vacuum cleaner with hose attachment
  • Small paintbrush
  • Bucket
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Hot water
  • Rags
  • Flat-head screwdriver
  • Old toothbrush
  • White vinegar


  • If you don't have a vacuum cleaner hose, use a paintbrush to sweep the dirt and debris from the track onto the floor. Lay down a newspapers on the floor for easy cleanup.

About the Author

Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.