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How to Clean Dirty Window Tracks

When completing your weekly chores, it’s easy to forget about the window tracks. Months go by before you even give them a second thought. By the time you do, you notice the window tracks are rusty, dusty, and buggy. What an eyesore! Fortunately, you can clean them without too much trouble. A sprinkle of baking soda and vinegar is the key to restoring beautiful window tracks with minimal scrubbing required.

How to Clean Window Tracks

First, gather all your supplies. Here’s what you need:

  • Vacuum with a brush attachment
  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Old toothbrush
  • Paper towels
  • Wet rag
  • Butter knife

Now you can start the window track cleaning process. Just follow these steps:

  1. Vacuum up dust, loose debris, and dead bugs stuck in the window track with the brush attachment.
  2. Sprinkle a little baking soda on the remaining stuck-on gunk.
  3. Pour some vinegar over the baking soda. The chemical reaction will cause foaming and bubbling.
  4. Let the baking soda and vinegar work their magic for five to 10 minutes.
  5. When you return, scrub the loosened gunk with an old toothbrush. Guide the debris toward the center of the window track so it forms a little pile.
  6. Scoop up as much gunk as you can with a paper towel or two and throw it away.
  7. If any debris remains, wrap a damp rag around a butter knife and guide it into the corners where the gunk is hardest to reach.
  8. Wipe down the track one last time and admire your handiwork.
  9. While You’re at it, Clean the Rest of the Window

A sparkling clean window track looks out of place if the window glass is grimy and dirty. Make the entire window look beautiful with these cleaning tips:

Gather your supplies: We’ve compiled a complete list of everything you need to clean windows.

Make a homemade cleaning solution: You always have the option of grabbing a bottle of commercial glass cleaner, but if you’re all out or you want to use something more natural, mixing a batch of homemade window cleaning solution is quite simple. For window exteriors, we recommend using 1/2 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid per gallon of warm water. For the interior, a squirt bottle of equal parts distilled vinegar and tap water will do the trick.

Remove the screens: Whether your screens are on the inside (typical of casement and awning windows) or the outside (found with sliding and double-hung windows), remove them so you can clean both sides of the glass.

Clean window exteriors: First, remove loose dirt and spider webs from the window with a soft-bristled brush. Dip a sponge or strip applicator into the bucket of soapy water, wring it out, and scrub the glass. Rinse the window with a garden hose and squeegee it clean. Finish it off with a microfiber cloth for a streak-free shine.

Clean window interiors: Squirt the glass with the vinegar and water cleaning solution. Wipe the window with a paper towel. Finish it off with a microfiber cloth for a streak-free shine.

Window track cleaning is one of those chores you don’t have to do all that often, but when you do, these tips will make the job much easier!

For help completing those dreaded household chores, consider calling in the professionals. At Molly Maid, our team has decades of experience performing all sorts of cleaning tasks. Contact your local Molly Maid or call 888-583-6490 for a free estimate today!

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