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How to Clean Window Tracks the Easiest Way

Jennifer L. Betts
Man cleaning window tracks

Cleaning your window tracks has come to the forefront of your mind after opening your windows to let some fresh air in and noticing all the gunk. Learn the tips and tricks for how to clean your window tracks quickly and easily.

How to Clean Window Tracks

When it comes to how to clean window tracks, one of the easiest and most effective methods include baking soda and vinegar. These two powerful DIY cleaning tools prove themselves in the cleaning arena over and over again. However, there are other methods you can try too. But first, you need to grab a few tools from your cleaning arsenal.

Materials List

  • White Vinegar

  • Baking Soda

  • Dishwashing soap (Recommend Dawn)

  • Toothbrush

  • Scrub brush

  • Hairdryer

  • A vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment

  • Spoon

  • Toothpicks

  • Cloth

  • Sponge

  • Stanley knife

  • Marker

  • Hydrogen peroxide

How to Clean Window Tracks With Little to No Scrubbing

Who wants to scrub their window tracks? No one! Therefore, when starting down your path to pristine window tracks, start with the simplest method first.

Woman cleaning window sill

How to Clean Window Tracks With a Vacuum

Before you can get down and dirty into removing the gunk in your window tracks, you need to get rid of the loose debris.

  1. Put the hose attachment on the vacuum.

  2. Suck everything out of the tracks.

If you don't have a vacuum, you can try removing loose debris with a hairdryer, but you'll need to put something down for the flying particles.

Cleaning Window Tracks With Vinegar and Baking Soda

With all the loose debris and bugs gone, it's time to get down to business.

  1. In the spray bottle, create a 1:1 water to vinegar mixture.

  2. Add a drop of Dawn for degreaser and shake.

  3. Use the spoon to sprinkle baking soda on the tracks.

  4. Spray the mixture directly onto the baking soda and let it fizz.

  5. Wait for about 10 minutes.

  6. Take your scrub brush and run it up and down the track a few times.

  7. Hit the corners with the toothbrush.

  8. If you have really stubborn gunk, use the toothpick to eradicate it.

  9. Take a clean damp cloth or paper towel and wipe everything down.

  10. Enjoy!

Cleaning Window Tracks With Steam

Do you have a steam cleaner with a hose attachment? Well then, you can use that to easily get the grime out of your window tracks.

  1. Vacuum them out first.

  2. Attach the hose to your steamer and set it up per the manufacturer's instructions.

  3. When ready, run the steam cleaner along the tracks using the steam to lift the dirt and grime.

  4. Wipe with a clean, damp cloth.

  5. Repeat until all the gunk is gone.

Best Way to Clean Window Tracks Made of Aluminum

There is a unique hack for using a sponge to clean out your window tracks. It takes a bit of prep, but the results are amazing. You need a green and yellow sponge with a scrubber on one end.

  1. Vacuum out the window tracks.

  2. Put the sponge on the tracks and mark the different raised areas on the sponge on both sides.

  3. Use the Stanley knife to cut the sponge to fit into the different notches of the window tracks.

  4. Dampen the sponge.

  5. Fit it into the window tracks and run it down.

  6. Use a soapy toothbrush for any stubborn stains.

How to Clean Mold From Window Tracks?

When it comes to mold in your window tracks, you can remove it with the vinegar and baking soda method. However, you can also use a more powerful disinfectant: hydrogen peroxide.

  1. Use the vacuum to clean out the tracks.

  2. Pour the hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle.

  3. Spray down the mold.

  4. Allow it to sit for 10-15 minutes.

  5. Wipe the area.

  6. Scrub with a toothbrush to remove stubborn stains.

How Often Should You Clean Window Tracks?

When it comes to cleaning your window tracks, you want to make sure you do it at least twice a year. However, if you find that your tracks are accumulating more dirt and grime than normal, you can do it more often. Now, it's time to get cleaning.

How to Clean Window Tracks the Easiest Way