How to Clean Window Tracks

With the arrival of milder temperatures, many of us open our windows to let in the fresh air. Here’s what my window track looked like when I opened it last week.

Apparently cleaning window tracks once every few years isn’t enough.

Window tracks are actually very easy to clean, and if you clean them every few months you’ll probably only need to use a damp rag to wipe away the dirt. If it has been a while since the last cleaning here are some tips for cleaning your window track.

  • Remove the screen if possible.
  • Using a vacuum with a hose attachment, vacuum up all the loose dust, dirt, and dead bugs.
  • Then using a damp cloth (I use a bucket of water with a squirt of dish soap) wipe away the rest of the dirt and grime. If your windows are new or not too dirty this should clean them adequately. If you have older windows or haven’t cleaned them in five years you’ll want to continue to the next step.
  • Use a window track cleaning brush dipped in soapy water to scrub the track. This should remove any remaining dirt or grime. Wipe clean with a cloth.
  • If you have stuck on dirt that won’t come off try using a butter or putty knife to scrape it off. I’ve only had to use a knife once, but it does work.

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  1. Karen Peterson says:

    Thanks for sharing this and the picture of your window track so I don’t feel so alone in my dirty window trickiness 😉 although I have another month and a half to open up my windows ;(

  2. Just cleaned and scrubbed mine, inside and out, last week. Couldn’t believe the difference!

  3. Rebecca R says:

    That actually doesn’t look too bad. 😀 I just opened the window in my daughters room and there was moss growing. ick.

  4. It’s always better to clean often than clean it one time..:) Not to mention it makes the job easier and faster too.

    I always set cleaning schedules every month. This I keep track on what’s clean and whats not.

  5. Use an old toothbrush to get into the corners and crevices. Dip wet bristles into a bit of borax or baking soda if you need some extra abrasion.

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