The Cleaning Experts at A Clean Streak answer your toughest cleaning questions.
Malinda A from Burlington asks: Your blog post last month about cleaning window screens was really helpful. I used your tricks, my screens are looking great, and my house is lighter and brighter (well, it least it is when the sun peeks out from behind these rain clouds). But I still have a cleaning problem – my window tracks are filthy. I’ve tried wiping them with paper towels, I’ve tried using a “magic sponge”, and I’ve even tried vacuuming them, but no matter what I do, there are still deposits of icky hard dirt in the cracks and corners that I can’t seem to loosen up. I’m thinking that a spray on oven-cleaner might do the trick, but I really don’t want to use that kind of chemical in my house. Do you have any special secrets you could share with me?
A Clean Streak, The Window Cleaning Experts answer: Hi Malinda. We’re glad you found our window screen cleaning tips helpful, and we understand the “pane” you’re feeling trying to get the stubborn, caked on gunk out of your window tracks! While the chemicals in spray-on oven cleaners might loosen up the dirt, we definitely don’t recommend using anything that harsh – and actually the chemicals in oven-cleaners can strip the paint right off metal window tracks. But we’re happy to share a track-cleaning solution with you which requires just a few common household supplies.
- First, gather your materials. You’ll need some baking soda, a teaspoon (for application), a
little white vinegar, some q-tips, a butter knife (plastic will work) or metal skewer, and some paper towels.
- For a standard size 2 foot frame, sprinkle about a teaspoon’s worth of baking soda over the gunky areas on your window tracks. If you’re cleaning the tracks of sliding doors, or extra-large windows, you can adjust the amount accordingly.
- Next, pour a little vinegar over the baking soda. We actually use a spray bottle for application, but you can drizzle the vinegar directly from the bottle, or even pour it teaspoon by teaspoon over the baking soda.
- Stand back, and let the fizzy chemical reaction loosen the grime – it should take less than a minute.
- Next, pick up the dirt by running the q-tips along the cracks. You may need to use the tip of your butter knife or metal skewer to move caked-on dirt from the corners of the tracks to an area where you can pick it up.
- Finally, wipe the tracks with paper towels.
Thanks for your question Malinda. Cleaning those window tracks is quite easy, but when you have a lot of them to clean, it is a bit time-consuming. If tackling this project on your own sounds too tough, we encourage you to call the professionals at A Clean Streak. We’ll provide the know-how and the manpower to get the job done the right way! Call us at 360-395-5748 for a free project estimate today.
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