The best way to Clear Filthy Window Tracks and Sills | Thrifty Decor Chick

I examined 3 ways to wash filthy door and window tracks. See my favourite technique right here!

easily clean sliding door track

Our window sills and door tracks have been GROSS and desperately wanted to be cleaned. Our sliding again door observe was by far the worst spot. YUCK.

I am unable to consider I forgot to take a photograph of the complete earlier than, however do not you are worried, you may get to see loads of the nastiness as we go. 

Earlier than tackling these fithy spots, I wished to determine one of the simplest ways to wash the sills and tracks. In any other case I knew it could take ceaselessly to get all the grime out of the little crevices. 

I did some analysis and located three hacks/instruments for cleansing out your soiled window sills and door tracks. I examined all three for you and am sharing my outcomes! 

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Sill and observe brush cleansing set 

I discovered this window sill brush cleaning set that additionally has a number of different helpful cleansing doodads. They’re all nice for smaller areas and exhausting to succeed in areas: 
detail brushes for cleaning window sills
I figured this difficult bristle brush would do greatest job of cleansing the goo out of our door observe: 

I first sprayed the entire observe with a cleansing resolution, then began in with this brush. 

It did an important job of cleansing the dust off the underside of the observe, however did not get into the corners a lot in any respect. 

So I attempted one other one within the equipment that labored MUCH higher: 

brush for cleaning sliding door track

This one has plastic bristles as properly, however they’ve extra give. It was a lot simpler to get into the little crevices. 

It did a great job! However even after scrubbing, rinsing and wiping it up, there was nonetheless loads of dust in there.

Subsequent up, I attempted an thought I had seen on Pinterest TONS of occasions. It appeared so easy, I used to be excited to see the way it labored! 

The lower sponge window sill approach

For this one, you seize a scrub sponge and mark the place you might want to lower so the sponge will match completely into the door observe or sill: 

window track sponge hack fail

My first inclination that this wasn’t going to work properly was after I observed in all the photographs on-line the yellow, softer aspect of the sponge was being lower/used.

I knew that would not be sufficient to get the grime and goo, so I did it with the inexperienced scrub aspect down. 

Factor is, it is not simple to chop a straight, clear line into that inexperienced half. 

I attempted a pointy razor blade and it was troublesome. I actually needed to dig it in to get it lower and rapidly realized this was not a secure possibility. The sponge is just too small to get good, a number of cuts with a razor blade (safely). 

Then I attempted scissors, which labored significantly better. However it wasn’t a clear line and was nonetheless troublesome to get it lower excellent. 

Lastly, I made a decision to simply attempt the softer yellow aspect like all the directions present. I used a pointy knife and began to slice into it when essentially the most hideous squeak noise…5 million occasions worse than fingernails on a chalkboard…erupted from the sponge. 


Could not do it. 

I ended up attempting it with my horrible scissor cuts and it was only a large, fats no: 

window track cleaning fail

I did not get the notches within the sponge deep sufficient, besides I might inform instantly it wasn’t going to work. 

Should you sustain with cleansing your door tracks recurrently, utilizing a sponge would most likely be an important possibility! The brushes I confirmed you first labored WAY higher although. 

My ultimate experiment was by far the winner! After all it prices essentially the most, however I can not WAIT to do that out on every kind of stuff round the home. (And the value actually is not unhealthy contemplating how a lot we’ll use it.)

Handheld steam cleaner (for the win!)

Holy cow, this factor is wonderful!! The place has it been all my life? 

I am unable to cease watching them. I found The Detail Geek and his movies are mesmerizing to observe. They’re particularly stress-free earlier than mattress. 

He makes use of a steam cleaner within the vehicles he particulars and it is wonderful how properly they clear. I needed to get one…particularly since I believed it could work properly on our door observe! 

It comes with a bunch of little attachments. From the critiques that I learn, the grout cleaner attachment is wonderful. The movies are spectacular!: 

small household cleaning steamer

I used the fundamental nozzle attachment and was amazed at how rapidly the dust and dirt melted off of the observe. 

Instantly I knew this one was the winner: 

cleaning window tracks with steamer

It was excellent for moving into the little crevices and corners. There’s an angled attachment that makes it even simpler to get into these tight spots. 

There are small, spherical brush attachments which are superior as a result of you’ll be able to actually scrub the floor together with the steam: 

steamer to clean door and window tracks

By the best way, I attempted to avoid the precise window — I did not run the steam alongside the plastic proper up towards the window simply in case it could have an effect on a seal in any means. I don’t know if it could, however figured it was greatest to not probability it. 

I went forwards and backwards between the 2 attachments to wash after which direct the soiled water in the direction of the drain holes: 

filthy door tracks

When it was clear, I completed up with a magic eraser to get as a lot of the black marks off of the plastic and steel as attainable. 

The combo of these two did the most effective job by FAR. I used to be completely impressed with this steamer. 

Here is a have a look at how this part sorted I began utilizing the steamer: 

how to clean dirty door tracks

And the way it takes care of…clear and dry: 

easily clean door tracks

The the steel observe the place we stroll out and in has some stains that will not come out, however total this aspect appears SO MUCH BETTER: 

cleaning filthy door tracks

Man, I want I had taken a earlier than pic. It was filthy. 

Subsequent I began on the window sills: 

dirty window sill cleaning

Excuse the soiled kitty paw prints. 🙂 

Usually I might pull the display out, however I this one was caught. No worries, it nonetheless turned out loopy clear!

The identical cleansing combo of the steamer and magic eraser labored completely there too.

sparkling clean window sill

This little element brush was particularly useful after it had dried: 

small detail brush for cleaning window tracks

I used that one to brush into hard-to-reach spots to get any remaining mud/dust, then vacuumed it up. 

I am unable to even consider how significantly better the tracks on the home windows and doorways are trying! It truly is noticeable, a minimum of to us. 

Solely 583 home windows to go! (Seems like that anyway.) 

Execs and cons of utilizing this handheld steam cleaner

  • This cleansing software is for adults solely — the highest the place you fill the steamer and nozzle get HOT.
  • No cleansing resolution wanted — simply the steam!
  • Should you use the software with out an attachment, the dust generally spatters. I discovered the extra soiled a spot, the extra this occurred. It is simple to direct the spatters with the nozzle and clear them up although. 
  • I do want it was barely larger with a bigger water tank. I solely needed to fill it twice for the door observe although. 
  • You should use this steamer for garments too! They’ve a hose and material attachments you should buy as properly. 
  • That is by far the quickest and best technique to clear the sills. It made very fast work of it — I might have been digging dust out of the crevices ceaselessly.  
  • It actually “melts” the dust and more often than not there is not any want to wash afterwards. Simply wipe with a rag. 
  • It is $30, however we’ll use it in all places. The automotive, loos, even exterior! 
  • This steamer has a protracted twine, which is good in case you’re tackling a number of home windows in a single spot.  

Have you ever tried one of many strategies I attempted? Some other nice concepts you have used? Anybody had success with the sponge chopping? What did I do improper? 😉