How to Clean Vinyl Sliding


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If you opened this article chances are you have Vinyl Sliding doors or windows installed in your beautiful home. 

Let’s go back a bit, do you remember when you decided to have these installed you probably did so after you heard about how maintenance-free they are (pretty sure the sales pitch of a salesman selling Vinyl sliding just has maintenance-free on repeat). 

But that does not mean they are to be ignored as they can get pretty dirty (I am a cat lady so along with dirt my sliding window track accumulates a lot of cat hair, seriously sometimes it feels like my cat is intentionally rolling on the tracks to make the whole cleaning process a lot more difficult).

But the dirt and animal hair not only makes the vinyl sliding tracks look dirty but they also make them stick which makes sliding them much difficult.

So as spring comes up and you decide to clean your home don’t forget cleaning Vinyl Sliding (and no that does not mean wiping out the glass windows) to make sure they too are ready for spring (after all you are going to be outside more often now enjoying the sun).

Materials Required for Cleaning Vinyl Sliding:

Things You Will Need:

  1. A lot of small clean rags (cut up a large one you have for spare).
  2. For windows, you can buy window wash or use a solution vinegar and water.
  3. Dishwashing liquid or a mild detergent for cleaning the tracks.
  4. Bristle brush.
  5. Sponge.
  6. Vacuum (with nozzle attachment).
  7. Butter knife.
  8. Lubricants made for silicone.

Solution Materials You Can Clean With:

What to buy?

  • You can buy glass cleaner to make sure that the glass is spotless.

What to Make at Home?

  • Dishwashing liquid and warm water solution. 
  • Baking soda and vinegar mixed in cold water( for stubborn gunk).

Here is How You Clean And Maintain those Vinyl Windows of Yours:

1. Look for cracks and molds. Inspect both tracks and windows before you start off with your vacuum.

2. Remove the sashes and place them somewhere safe, especially if you have pets or children (This will make your job easier and much hassle-free since you won’t be interrupted by those sashes).

3. Removing curtains/screens also make the cleaning easier(Wouldn’t want to get tangled in them now, would you?).

4. Cleaning the tracks:

  • Vacuum it up, baby – Vacuum the tracks to remove any loose dust.
  • Use a solution of dishwashing liquid and warm water for the corners.
  • After you have poured the solution scrub the dirt away using an old toothbrush or a wire brush (you can also use a butter knife to scrape out any corner gunk).
  • Now wipe the tracks with a piece of cloth (this should remove remaining dirt if it doesn’t don’t sweat because I got you covered).
  • Do it for the whole track and this should be done at least once a week to keep your windows sliding smoothly.
  • Now for persistent gunk that doesn’t go away with the old soap mixture, we need up our game. Pour baking soda on the tracks and vinegar on top of it( wait for it to fizz and then scrub). This should clean all the stubborn dirt that has made the tracks their home.
  • Lubricate the tracks – Use a silicone lubricant to do this. Soak up any access lubricant using paper towels. There is a small hole on the edge of your sliding door/windows, spray the lubricant into that hole. 
  • Move the doors back and forth to make sure they are working fine.

5. The frames – Remember the simple dishwashing liquid solution. Use it again to clean the frames and trim of your Vinyl Sliding. Wipeout with a sponge or a microfibre cloth.

6. Make the glass spot clean – Use a glass cleaner and a soft fiber cloth to do this. Spray the glass cleaner on the glass and then wipe it out with the cloth.

7. Let’s give the screens some attention – Take the screens out to your backyard or bathroom and with very gentle water pressure wash out the dirt(make sure the stream of water is very low pressured). If that does not clean the screens, use the dishwashing solution again and scrub with a bristle brush gently (I cannot stress enough on the word gently). 

8. Reassemble the window. 

Things to Avoid While Cleaning:

  • Don’t use any harsh cleaner.
  • Make sure the pressure of water is not too strong.
  • The pressure of the vacuum cleaner should also not be kept on high.
  • Don’t use oil as lubricants.
  • Make sure you use only silicone lubricants for the lubrication of the tracks.
  • Do not use furniture polish.

And that is all you need to do. I promise even though it looks tedious, it won’t take your whole weekend. So go and get your windows ready for sprint time too. After all, you are going to use them more often to enjoy the Sun. 

Cleaning and lubricating them regularly will keep them looking like new.



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