Would you be embarrassed if a guest in your house opened a window and saw what was hiding in your window tracks?
If you’ve ever opened your windows, chances are you have seen one of the dirtiest places in your house, the window tracks. I have found moss, algae, dirt, pollen, cheerios, bugs and more hanging out in the window tracks, they can get just plain disgusting. With a little time and the right approach though they can be cleaned right up.
Before and After
Steps to clean window tracks:
- Open Window
- Remove Screen
- Remove all loose debris and particulate with a brush (not abrasive) and/or vacuum.
- Spray tracks with a general all-purpose cleaner, the foaming bubbles works great. Avoid causing damage! Remember stronger is not better, read the labels and make sure the cleaner is okay for the surface (i.e. vinyl, aluminum, glass, wood, etc.).
- Let the cleaner dwell for awhile, if they are really dirty you’ll need to wait a few minutes.
- Wipe away all the gunk with a cleaning cloth. Might need to repeat steps 4 – 5 for stubborn areas.
This process will produce clean window tracks. Some other useful tools that will help in tight grooves or in the corners would be Q-Tips, toothbrushes and toothpicks. The process does take a little bit of time, do not try to rush it by using more aggressive tools and chemicals because the result might be costly.
If you have dirty window tracks and you don’t want to take the time to clean them remember that most professional window cleaners will clean tracks for a small charge per track. Generally the dirtier they are the more time it takes, so get them cleaned and have them cleaned often!
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How dirty is that chandelier? Some are just so high up they can be very difficult to clean and therefore quite a bit of time passes between cleanings. Cleaning the chandelier can brighten up a room for that special event, and really catch the light with a sparkle after cleaning windows.
Here are crystal globes from a chandelier before and after cleaning. There were 20 of these, and they really didn’t look too bad when they were way up and all uniformly dirty – but once they were cleaned the improvement was simply awesome. A real eye catcher.
Chandelier Globes Before & After
How to Clean a Chandelier:
- Safety First: Turn off power to the chandelier. Make sure access is easy and unobstructed. Use a ladder that is in excellent condition and is the proper height for the job.
- Remove lights and globes (if it has them).
- Wipe with dry micro-fiber cloth first, this removes loose particulate.
- With a damp micro-fiber cloth wipe all surfaces, be careful of delicate chains, thin accent pieces, etc.
- Dry as you go with a clean micro-fiber cloth, change to a new one as it gets dirty.
- If the chandelier still has particulate on it or is tarnished, it can be cleaned deeper using a cleaning solution that is recommended for your type of chandelier. Use the right type of solution or you might permanently damage the chandelier.
- Wash the globes in warm soapy water, rinse, dry and buff with a towel to a nice shine.
- Re-assemble globes and I recommend replacing all light bulbs with new ones.
When using cleaning solutions and equipment (cloths, sponges, scratch pads, etc.) I recommend starting with the least aggressive first. This reduces the chance of damage, and produces very good results.
I have cleaned many different types of chandeliers, including a few that were hundreds of years old and used candles. These were particularly challenging because wax had to be removed from the crystal. But, regardless of the type of chandelier, with the proper process and care, it can be cleaned and look spectacular. The biggest challenges to achieving excellent results are patience and access.
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