Spring cleaning is right around the corner, which means it is time to deep clean your home and prepare it for warmer weather. One area of cleaning that seems to plague homeowners is their window and door tracks. Over the winter, your window tracks have gotten quite grimy. Cleaning these areas can be a difficult and dirty chore if you do not know the proper way to clean them.
Let’s take a look at the top two methods for cleaning your window tracks this spring.
The Secret Solution of Baking Soda and Vinegar for Cleaning Your Window Tracks – Baking soda and vinegar are great natural cleaning products that have been used for ages. You may already be aware of the amazing cleaning power of these two natural products. Let’s take a look at how you can clean your window tracks using baking soda and vinegar. You will need:
* A vacuum with a crevice tool to remove dust and particles
* Distilled white vinegar
* Baking Soda
* An old toothbrush
* A spray bottle
* Microfiber towels
Use your vacuum with its crevice tool to remove dust and particles from your window tracks. Then, sprinkle your window track with baking soda. Pour approximately one cup of white vinegar in your spray bottle and set the nozzle to the mist setting. Spray the area with the white vinegar and allow it to react with the baking soda. This solution will bubble and fizz to break down the filth and grime along your window tracks. (Avoid oversaturating the area with vinegar as this will cause a mess.) Use your toothbrush to scrub the area and then wipe the window track with your microfiber towel. Repeat the process until your window track is clean, switching out your microfiber towel as needed.
Steam Clean Your Window Tracks with Your Garment Steamer – Another way to clean your window tracks is to use your garment steamer. This handy tool can be used for a variety of cleaning tasks throughout your home, including your window tracks.
Although this method is simple, there are several things you must know before cleaning your window tracks using your garment steamer. First, you should spot test the area. Never use this method if it is cold outdoors because the steam can cause temperatures swings, which can result in cracking. Avoid steam cleaning areas made of wood or tracks that have been recently painted, waxed or polished. This method should not be used in historical homes with wooden frames. If you decide to use this method, you will need:
* A garment steamer
* Microfiber towels
* A vacuum with a crevice tool
* Distilled water
Follow your steamer’s instructions for adding water. Heat your garment steamer. While waiting for it to reach temperature, use your vacuum with its crevice tool to remove dust and grime. Run your steamer along the window track to loosen debris and grime. Wipe down the window track with a clean microfiber towel. You may need to repeat the steps several times until your window tracks are sparkling clean.
As you can see, cleaning your window tracks is a breeze when you know the proper methods. After you have cleaned your window tracks, it is time to get your windows sparkling clean and your drapes and curtains cleaned for springtime. Check out our tips on how to properly prepare your windows for the upcoming warmer months.
If your life is too busy and you do not have the time needed to spring clean, we can help. We are your home cleaning specialists that will complete all of your spring cleaning as well as offer weekly cleaning to ensure your home is clean and ready for all of your guests.