Source: Window installer
By Elizabeth from Indianapolis
Share on ThriftyFunThis page contains the following solutions. Have something to add? Please share your solution!
I use a toothbrush, Dow Foaming Bathroom cleaner, a spray bottle of plain water and a shop vac with the small auto detail attachment that narrows the opening down to about the size of your fingertip.
Ask a QuestionHere are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community or ask a new question.
What is the best way to clean grimy window sills and tracks? I have some sliding windows and the tracks are very dirty. They are very hard to clean because of all the crevices. Is there a trick to cleaning this part of the window?
By StellaBell from Manchester, WA
I also use the Q tips for cleaning them and I use a paint brush too because sometimes the dust is very fine in the crevices and unless it is stuck there, a paint brush easily brushes out the dirt.
What is the easiest and fastest way to clean the tracks of sliding glass doors and windows?
By Kathie L.
I use the swiffer wet pads, without the handle attachment. The fabric-type pattern picks up stuff out of that annoying track, so you don't have to drag out the vacuum and hose attachments. And the fact that they are already wet with cleaner makes the tracks extra nice looking when you are done! =)
I use distilled vinegar and water with a rag.
The two previous ways specified will work well at picking up dirt. Sometimes you will find a NYLON (not metal or wire) brush is best at dislodging hard dirt deposits and a vacuum is still the best option for getting that out. Remember the wheels are lubricated for a lifetime of opening and closing. The lubricant slows deposits into the tracks. So be sure to wipe away wetness if using solvents like vinegar so it doesn't interfere with the lubrication. It is recommended to relubricate, or general maintenance, annually.
I have heavy old fashioned shower doors in my bathroom. It is getting harder and harder to open them. Anyone know how I can get them to move freely again?
First, make sure you don't have a calcium build-up in the running track from hard water deposits or a small sliver of soap or a hair clog stuck in there. If that is clear, then try some WD-40 sprayed right in the track. Work the door back and forth several times and see if that makes any difference. Also, one other thing to check is to make sure the shower door is seated in the track correctly.
You can try rubbing either a bar of soap or an old candle on the track. I used a candle on the track of a stubborn sliding door and it works great!
Clean the doors and runners with vinegar to remove calsium and minral deposits. Then either run parafin wax along the runners both top and bottom several times or use a clean bar of soap. Either should get them moving again. You will need to open and close the doors several times to lubricate the wheels but it should be done at least once a month to keep them working.
I have patio door tracks that support glass doors with movement to open and shut by gliding on aluminum tracks for entry and view. They have gotten weather beaten and pitted. Is there any cleanser to get them looking better? Thanks.
By Julie C.
ThriftyFun is one of the longest running frugal living communities on the Internet. These are archives of older discussions.
I am trying to find the best and easiest way to clean the track on our patio door. Any help will be appreciated.