How to Clean Sliding Windows

October 11, 2010

Sliding windows are a bit trickier to clean because of the moving parts. However, the cleaning supplies are the same and the process requires just a couple of extra steps. Here's how to clean the sliding windows in your home.

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1. Slide the window open past the lift blocks on the side. Place your hands on each side and gently lift upward into its upper track. The sliding window should be positioned above the top of the bottom track. Gently pull the sliding window toward you. Spread out several old towels on the floor and lay the window on top of them. Repeat the process with the second window.

2. Combine 2 tablespoons of distilled white vinegar with 20 ounces of water in a spray bottle and mix well.

3. Spray the sliding windows with the cleansing solution. Scrub them gently with a nylon scrub brush to remove, debris, dirt and grime. Follow up with a damp cloth and then dry with a dry towel.

4. Use wadded newspapers to polish the glass and remove chemical traces that may leave streaks.

5. Remove dirt from the sliding windows tracks with a vacuum and attachment. A small toothbrush or toothpicks are perfect for removing dirt from the corners.

6. Spray cleaning solution in the window tracks and scrub with the nylon brush. Scrub gently so as not to grind dirt into the finish. Use a towel to mop up grimy dirt immediately.

7. Place the sliding windows back into their tracks and click them back into place securely. Check for proper operation.

TIP: You should clean sliding windows in the morning or evening and out of direct sunlight. Direct sunlight will leave streaks by drying the cleaning solution too fast.

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