How to Clean Window Tracks and Doors

Cleaning your window and door tracks is important to prevent the buildup of dust, dirt, insects, and other grime. Although many parts of your home are regularly cleaned, tracks often get overlooked. Window and door tracks, with their many corners and spaces, can become a breeding ground for dirt, insects, dust, and even mold, making them visibly dirty over time. If you’ve struggled to clean these tracks before, you’re not alone. Fortunately, you can easily restore them to a clean state using everyday cleaning supplies.

To keep your window and door tracks in good condition, it’s recommended to deep clean them as often as you clean your windows. Cleaning windows two to four times a year to prolong their lifespan. Ideally, tackle this task in the spring and fall to remove accumulated dirt, dust, and debris from throughout the year. Regular weekly cleaning will also help prevent excessive grime buildup.

Before you begin cleaning, here is what you will need:

  • Bristle brush
  • Vacuum cleaner with a crevice attachment
  • Spray bottle
  • White vinegar
  • Toothbrush
  • Microfiber cloth(s)

How to Clean Window and Door Tracks

Cleaning window and door tracks may seem like a tedious task, but it’s crucial for maintaining a dust and debris-free home. The accumulation of dirt and debris in these tracks over time can make it challenging to open and close your windows and doors. The good news is that the process and the cleaning supplies needed are the same for both window and door tracks, allowing you to tackle both tasks simultaneously.

Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. Scrub the tracks with a bristle brush to loosen dirt.
  2. Use a vacuum with a crevice attachment to suck up loose dirt and debris.
  3. Mix warm water and white vinegar in a spray bottle.
  4. Spray the solution generously on the tracks, covering all surfaces.
  5. Let it sit for a few minutes to break down the grime.
  6. Scrub the tracks well with a toothbrush, getting into all the nooks.
  7. Wipe away the loosened dirt and solution with a damp microfiber cloth.
  8. Repeat until everything’s clean.
  9. Dry the tracks thoroughly with a dry microfiber cloth to prevent mold.

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