Ah, it’s so great when spring finally arrives and we can open our windows and sliding glass doors to let some fresh air in! After months of still air it feels so good to let in fresh breezes to air out our homes. But, when you open those windows you can’t help but notice those dirty window tracks with dirt and insect residue from last fall when you closed everything up against the coming winter. So, first thing should be cleaning out that unpleasant debris to start your spring cleaning

Here are two tips to help make your window tracks cleaning go much more quickly and easily.

Cleaning Window Tracks Using Baking Soda and Vinegar

Many homemakers know that baking soda and vinegar are two environmentally friendly cleaning agents. But, maybe you didn’t know how they can be used together to deliver an effective, natural cleaning job on those dirty window tracks.

What you will need:

  • vacuum with a crevice tool
  • distilled white vinegar
  • baking soda
  • spray bottle
  • an old toothbrush
  • microfiber cloths
  1. Add one cup of vinegar into a spray bottle, making sure to set the nozzle to mist.
  2. Vacuum as much of the debris from the track as possible.
  3. Sprinkle a little baking soda into the window tracks. Go easy with it as too much baking soda will become messy when it interacts with the vinegar.
  4. Spritz vinegar onto the baking soda, dampening the track. You should see some light fizzing.
  5. Loosen the dirt in the tracks using the old toothbrush.
  6. Take a microfiber cloth and wipe away the solution.
  7. Repeat the previous steps as necessary until the dirt is gone, switching to a clean cloth when it becomes heavily soiled.

Cleaning Window Tracks Using a Clothes Steamer

You can imagine there are many uses for garment steamers besides taking wrinkles out of clothing. But you probably never thought of using one to clean your window tracks. Turns out, though, it makes this job so much easier!

It’s simple to do, but there are some things to keep in mind when trying this. First, you should do a spot test. Also, you shouldn’t try this when the windows are cold because the steam could cause the glass to crack due to the difference in temperature. In addition, do not steam clean window panes or tracks that have finished, waxed, polished or recently painted wood. Be mindful that this method probably shouldn’t be used when cleaning a historical home.

What you will need:

  • garment steamer
  • vacuum with a crevice tool
  • microfiber cloths
  • distilled water
  1. Add and heat the distilled water in the steamer following the manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. Using the vacuum crevice tool, remove as much dirt as possible while the steamer is heating.
  3. When ready, use the steamer on the debris in the window tracks.
  4. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe away any loosened dirt.
  5. Repeat the previous steps as necessary until the dirt is gone, switching to a clean cloth when it becomes heavily soiled.

So, now you know two different methods to make cleaning your window tracks quick and easy! Use whichever method works best for you and welcome in those spring breezes and bring fresh air into your home.

However, if your busy lifestyle doesn’t leave you much time to perform daily chores, let alone clean your windows, contact Maid Spotless Cleaning Services for some needed relief. We are available to provide all the professional cleaning services you might need so you can relax and enjoy your free time.