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Window Track Cleaning Hacks

Last Updated: November 11, 2021

Written on October 29, 2021 by Karen Norman

Tips for Window Track Cleaning. 

Tackle the muck that accumulates in your Window Tracks. 

When cleaning your home, don’t overlook your window tracks and window sills. These places can quickly build up grime, but with these tips, you’ll have them sparkling clean in no time.

Why do window tracks and window sills get so dirty? When your window is open, dust drifts in. Additionally, the grooves are inevitable receptacles for dirt, dust, bugs and even water. An accumulation of dust and condensation is a recipe for mold or mildew. See further down for tackling moldy window tracks. 

Steps to successful Window Track Cleaning

  • Remove loose debris and dust by using a vacuum with a nozzle attachment. A mini vacuum with the smaller attachments is best. 
  • Mix together a solution of vinegar and baking soda. Use a toothbrush or small brush such as a grout brush dipped in cleaning solution to scrub the tracks. 
  • CLR® can also work wonders.
  • You can try cutting grooves in a sponge to make the job easier. 
  • Wipe off the loosened debris with paper towel or a wet cloth
  • Dry the tracks
  • For a Video option see: Window Track Cleaning by Hometalk.

Tackling the Difficult Spots

  • If you have stubborn debris in the tracks, use Mr. Clean Magic Eraser cut to size. 
  • Dirt stuck in the corners? Try a Q-tip! Alternatively use a butter knife or putter knife wrapped in a damp rag or J-Cloth.
  • If the grime is really stuck on, try using a handheld steamer to loosen things up. Bissell makes a reasonably priced one. 

Cleaning the Window Sills and Ledges

  • You have a bit more area to work with here and for vinyl or painted sills, the process is similar.
  • Remove loose debris and dust by using a vacuum with a soft brush or duster attachment
  • Mix together your favorite cleaning solution as above and use this to wipe the sill
  • Wipe off the loosened debris with paper towel or a wet cloth
  • Dry the window sill
  • Crayola has a suggestions removing for any 'temporary artwork' such as coloring on window sills your child may have gifted you with. 

Cleaning Sills made of Wood

First, you will want to remove any watermarks from your wooden sills. Reader's Digest gives 6 options to try. Then use a wood-safe cleaner. Polishing the wood adds a nice finishing touch. You want to be careful not to soak the wood with water. Remove water used for cleaning as soon as possible. 

Window Track Cleaning for Mold Removal

If you see any signs of mold in your tracks or sills, you may have a water entry issue. Call a remediator right away. They can do a few tests to see if a leaky sill has let water into your walls. If so, that is a big health risk. Take care of any mold issues promptly. Mold may be an indicator that your windows are leaking around the edges. Your remediator can recommend a contractor to fix this.

Before cleaning up surface mold, take photos so you can show a professional the extent of the issue, and the type of mold. When cleaning mold, you need a strong solution but be very careful of mixing cleaners. Some, like bleach and ammonia, create toxic gas.

Best way to Remove Mold from your Window Tracks

  • Work in a ventilated area – i.e. work with the window open.
  • Put on a mask and gloves to protect yourself from spores and from harsh cleaning solutions
  • Use a heavy cleaner such as bleach, borax, ammonia, or hydrogen peroxide. Again, be careful not to mix these types of cleaners together! Tea tree oil is a more natural option if you prefer to clean without chemicals.
  • Clean up the residue with warm water.
  • Dry the area.
  • Don’t put off calling in the professionals to check for mold inside the wall and under the sills. If the visible spread of mold is quite severe, skip the steps above and have a professional come in first, to remediate the area. They may need to set up a negative air pressure machine to keep the spores from spreading.

Professional Window Track Cleaning as an Add-On Service

Here at Dang Good Carpet and Furnace Cleaning, we do more than just clean carpets and furnaces! Call us for all your interior and exterior window cleaning needs. And Window Track Cleaning is an add-on services with prices detailed under our Window Cleaning Package 

When cleaning your interior windows, we use the traditional squeegee method. Exterior Windows are cleaned with a mix of two processes: again the squeegee method but more often (where we can), we use a pure water pole-fed system because of the results which can be achieved. A fuller explanation of these processes can be found on our Window Cleaning Page.

If you have ever tried to clean the windows yourself, you will know how hard it can be to completely remove the smears and streaks from the glass.

Our method guarantees the cleanest, clearest results – results that will have you saying, “dang that’s good!”

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