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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    28 Comments

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    RogiO
    RogiO

    5 weeks ago

    "Cleaning" vinegar kills mold really well and if you keep the area that was black soaked for a few hours it'll follow the unseen tendrils back to the source and keep it from coming back. Follow-up with Tilex to fully remove the staining.

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    WendyTrethewey
    WendyTrethewey

    5 weeks ago

    So simple!!! Thank you for sharing

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    Toolsthatbuild
    Toolsthatbuild

    Reply 5 weeks ago

    Hope it helps!

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    tem494
    tem494

    5 weeks ago on Introduction

    tem494 step 2
    I would suggest using an electric knife for cutting the foam I believe it will make a cleaner cut.

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    Toolsthatbuild
    Toolsthatbuild

    Reply 5 weeks ago

    Doesn’t matter, the cleanliness of the cut doesn’t affect the cleaning and the sponge is garbage after anyway. Quick and easy is the strategy here.

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    Toolsthatbuild
    Toolsthatbuild

    Reply 2 years ago

    Thank you! Please vote for it

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    farmboy79
    farmboy79

    2 years ago

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

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    Toolsthatbuild
    Toolsthatbuild

    Reply 2 years ago

    Great idea! I guess any serrated blade would work better

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    snowf7
    snowf7

    2 years 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 2 years ago

    Absolutely works great!

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    chuckstake
    chuckstake

    2 years ago

    nice will be trying soon

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    Toolsthatbuild
    Toolsthatbuild

    Reply 2 years ago

    Awesome hope it helps

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    ferrotype
    ferrotype

    2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago

    Thank you heaps! I do not mind the smelj