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

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

easily clean sliding door track

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

I can not consider I forgot to take a photograph of the complete earlier than, however do not you are concerned, you will get to see loads of the nastiness as we go. 

Earlier than tackling these fithy spots, I needed to determine one of the best ways to scrub the sills and tracks. In any other case I knew it might take endlessly to get the entire 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 onerous to succeed in areas: 
detail brushes for cleaning window sills
I figured this difficult bristle brush would do finest job of cleansing the goo out of our door observe: 

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

It did an awesome job of cleansing the filth 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 package 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 job! However even after scrubbing, rinsing and wiping it up, there was nonetheless loads of filth in there.

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

The reduce sponge window sill method

For this one, you seize a scrub sponge and mark the place it’s essential reduce 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 once I seen in the entire images on-line the yellow, softer facet of the sponge was being reduce/used.

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

Factor is, it isn’t straightforward 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 reduce and shortly 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 a lot better. But it surely wasn’t a clear line and was nonetheless troublesome to get it reduce excellent. 

Lastly, I made a decision to only attempt the softer yellow facet like the entire directions present. I used a pointy knife and began to slice into it when probably 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 making an attempt it with my horrible scissor cuts and it was only a massive, fats no: 

window track cleaning fail

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

If you happen to sustain with cleansing your door tracks usually, utilizing a sponge would most likely be an awesome possibility! The brushes I confirmed you first labored WAY higher although. 

My last experiment was by far the winner! In fact it prices probably the most, however I can’t WAIT to do this 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 superb!! The place has it been all my life? 

I can not cease watching them. I found The Detail Geek and his movies are mesmerizing to look at. They’re particularly stress-free earlier than mattress. 

He makes use of a steam cleaner within the automobiles he particulars and it is superb 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 opinions that I learn, the grout cleaner attachment is superb. The movies are spectacular!: 

small household cleaning steamer

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

Instantly I knew this one was the winner: 

cleaning window tracks with steamer

It was good for entering 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 possibly can actually scrub the floor together with the steam: 

steamer to clean door and window tracks

By the best way, I attempted to steer clear of the precise window — I did not run the steam alongside the plastic proper up in opposition to the window simply in case it might have an effect on a seal in any approach. I do not know if it might, however figured it was finest to not likelihood it. 

I went backwards and forwards between the 2 attachments to scrub 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 metallic as potential. 

The combo of these two did the very best job by FAR. I used to be totally impressed with this steamer. 

Here is a take 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 metallic observe the place we stroll out and in has some stains that will not come out, however total this facet seems 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 screen 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/filth, then vacuumed it up. 

I can not even consider how a lot better the tracks on the home windows and doorways are wanting! It truly is noticeable, at the least to us. 

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

Execs and cons of utilizing this handheld steam cleaner

  • This cleansing instrument is for adults solely — the highest the place you fill the steamer and nozzle get HOT.
  • No cleansing answer wanted — simply the steam!
  • If you happen to use the instrument with out an attachment, the filth generally spatters. I discovered the extra soiled a spot, the extra this occurred. It is easy 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 utilize this steamer for garments too! They’ve a hose and material attachments you should purchase as properly. 
  • That is by far the quickest and best option to clear the sills. It made very fast work of it — I might have been digging filth out of the crevices endlessly.  
  • It really “melts” the filth and more often than not there is no want to wash afterwards. Simply wipe with a rag. 
  • It is $30, however we’ll use it all over the place. The automotive, loos, even outdoors! 
  • This steamer has an extended wire, which is sweet for those who’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’ve got used? Anybody had success with the sponge slicing? What did I do flawed? 😉