Cleaning window sills, although an undesirable task, is a necessary one. After all, neglect your sills for long enough, and they could become a source of indoor mold. We will reveal tips on how to clean window sills with natural items such as vinegar and baking soda, as well as information on cleaning window tracks and how to keep them clean.
- How to clean window sills
- What causes mold on window sills?
- How to clean window tracks
- How to lubricate window tracks
How to clean window sills
Before we show you the best way to clean window sills, we will first have to gather everything we will need. Get your vacuum cleaner, a dry microfiber cloth, and some paper towels ready. For the cleaning solution, you can use a spray bottle filled with warm water and dish soap. Alternatively, if your window sill has mold, we recommend mixing 90% white vinegar and 10% baking soda into the spray bottle and shaking it well.
Step 1 – Vacuum: Give the window sill a quick vacuum to pick up any dead bugs and loose debris.
Step 2 – Clean: Spray your cleaning solution onto the window sill and allow it some time to soak in – especially if you’re using vinegar and baking soda for mold. Wipe the surface off with a microfiber cloth. If there is dirt or mold that doesn’t easily come off, use a soft brush to scrub it.
Step 3 – Dry: Use paper towels to dry the window sill.
Bonus tip – What causes mold on window sills?
Mold on window sills is almost always caused by rainwater seeping in from the outside or condensation. If the window sill in question is in or near a bathroom, then it’s most likely due to condensation. The problem can be solved by using a dehumidifier or extraction fan in the bathroom.
If the moldy window sills are not near a bathroom, then it’s most likely that your windows are not thoroughly sealed. Have them thoroughly sealed to prevent rainwater from seeping in.
How to clean window tracks
Keeping window tracks clean is not only essential for proper functioning, but also for keeping mold away. On the other hand, doing so is tricky at best, which is why we will show you how to clean window tracks easily.
First, we need the proper tools for the job. Get yourself a vacuum cleaner, some baking soda, white vinegar, an old toothbrush, a cloth (preferably a microfiber cloth), some paper towels, and an old knife.
Step 1 – Vacuum: Vacuum the inside of the tracks with the proper attachment to pick up any loose dirt and debris.
Step 2 – Apply the cleaning solution: We will use baking soda with vinegar for the cleaning solution – not only will it loosen up and clean dirt, but also kill and remove any mold that may be lurking in there.
Sprinkle some baking soda evenly inside of the window tracks and pour a small amount of white vinegar over it. Leave it for 5 to 10 minutes as it gets to work.
Step 3 – Brush: Brush all the dirt to the center part with the old toothbrush.
Step 4 – Remove the dirt: Pick up the dirt with paper towels.
Step 5 – Final touches: Wrap a damp cloth around a knife so that you can thoroughly clean the corners.
Step 6 – Dry: Make sure to dry the window tracks.
Bonus step – Lubricate the tracks: Apply some lubricant to ensure your window tracks open and close easily. There are a lot of options when it comes to lubricants, but we recommend a silicone-based product because it will function just as well in colder weather.
Simply add the product to a dry cloth and wipe inside of the tracks. Then open and close the window a couple of times to make sure the lubricant distributes evenly.