Hack for Cleaning Inside Sliding Window and Door Tracks

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Introduction: Hack for Cleaning Inside Sliding Window and Door Tracks

The Simplest Instructables are usually the best. Here is an effective easy way to clean inside any sliding window or door track. It requires minimal supplies and works extremely well.

Supplies

  • Sponge
  • Soap & Water
  • Marker
  • Knife

Step 1: Marking the Sponge

Place a regular kitchen scrub sponge on the track of the window or door. Using a marker, put a mark on the sponge where each piece of track is. It doesn't matter how many tracks there are as long as the sponge is wider than the track.

Step 2: Cut the Sponge

As the title says use a knife and cut down the lines on the bottom of the sponge. Cut the full depth of the sponge, this may take several passes with the knife.

Step 3: Clean Away

Wet the sponge in warm soapy water and push it down the track. When the sponge gets to the end of the track there may be larger debris left just vacuum it out and push the sponge down the track again.

Step 4: Done

All done! Now your windows and doors will slide quietly and easily.

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    20 Comments

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    Toolsthatbuild
    Toolsthatbuild

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you! Please vote for it

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    farmboy79
    farmboy79

    1 year ago

    If you have an electric meat carving knife it will cut the foam effortlessly.

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    Toolsthatbuild
    Toolsthatbuild

    Reply 1 year ago

    Great idea! I guess any serrated blade would work better

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    snowf7
    snowf7

    1 year ago

    This is great advice. It will come in handy for cleaning the sliding shower doors on bathtubs.

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    Toolsthatbuild
    Toolsthatbuild

    Reply 1 year ago

    Absolutely works great!

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    chuckstake
    chuckstake

    1 year ago

    nice will be trying soon

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    Toolsthatbuild
    Toolsthatbuild

    Reply 1 year ago

    Awesome hope it helps

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    ferrotype
    ferrotype

    1 year ago

    Great idea!
    Any thoughts on what to do to clean up the "mold" that accumulates in window sills after being shut tight for 6 months?

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    Toolsthatbuild
    Toolsthatbuild

    Reply 1 year ago

    For mold you need bleach or a pre mixed store bought mold solution. It’s a living thing that needs to be killed as well as removed. Cut the sponge in the same way.

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    etriker
    etriker

    Reply 1 year ago

    Like George57 already said just vinegar - have used it exclusively in shower mold for over 50 years with great success. Folks simply don't do it because of the intense smell.

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    ferrotype
    ferrotype

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you heaps! I do not mind the smelj

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    Cobber137
    Cobber137

    Reply 1 year ago

    Bleach works but sometimes the mould (Australian spelling) returns. A few drops of clove oil (oil of cloves?) in 500mL of water sprayed through an atomiser actually kills the mould.

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    george57
    george57

    Reply 1 year ago

    Try soaking your sponge in industrial/cleaning vinegar (or that in 50/50 solution with water)

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    timpin
    timpin

    1 year ago

    Good job. :)

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    jessyratfink
    jessyratfink

    1 year ago

    Ohhh clever! Time to sacrifice a sponge :D

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    Toolsthatbuild
    Toolsthatbuild

    Reply 1 year ago

    Works great! Hope it helps!

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    Alex in NZ
    Alex in NZ

    1 year ago

    Neat idea! Thank you for this :-)

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    Toolsthatbuild
    Toolsthatbuild

    Reply 1 year ago

    Hope It Helps! Please vote for it in the spring cleaning contest!