HOW TO CLEAN YOUR SCREEN DOOR TRACKS
Now is the time of year for back to school, pumpkin-flavored everything, apple picking, and getting the house ready for the cold weather.
Funonthehomestead.com has put together an awesome Fall To Do Home Maintenance Checklist you simply must check out. The checklist is broken down into categories, including: Stock Up On, Check, Clean, Store/Winterize, Prep, and Landscaping.
We have been checking items off since the beginning of the Labor Day weekend. Each member of the family has had his/her own share of assignments!
We have 13 sliding glass doors in our home, so when I saw ‘Clean Sliding Glass Door Tracks’ on the list, I will admit I sighed heavily. I do happen to know of a cheap way to clean them, involving only baking soda, vinegar, an old toothbrush, and paper towels. The only thing keeping me from getting this project done was me.
Let’s get to it!
Here is what we started with
We have lived here in this house for five years, but I have not cleaned these sliders once since we moved in. The doors were hard to open, and WD-40 alone wasn’t going to fix this mess.
First things first
Vacuum as much of the loose dirt as possible, for obvious reasons.
Gather your supplies
Let’s get to work!
Using the spoon, put the baking soda right into the cracks. For very dirty tracks, use significantly more baking soda. The secret has to do with the vinegar. The vinegar will completely dissolve the baking soda, but the more baking soda you use, the more vinegar you will need. Thus, the more paper towel you will use. You will get the hang of it right away. Trust me!
I used a pump sprayer to spray in the vinegar because I have so many windows. I used four gallons of vinegar to get this behemoth project done in one afternoon. A simple spray bottle will probably do the trick for you if you only have one or two sliding glass doors.
As you can see, the vinegar instantly dissolves the baking soda.
If stains remain once the bubbling stops, simply use your toothbrush to scrub away at them. You MAY need to apply a second round of baking soda and vinegar for very stubborn stains, but you will be surprised how much comes out with no effort whatsoever!
Scoop up all of the standing water with strong paper towels. This is NOT a job to use generic paper towels to complete. You need the extra absorbing type for this kind of wet project. Wipe away the dirty vinegar/baking soda solution. Voila, gorgeous tracks are yours!
I did spray WD-40 on my tracks after I finished them to help provide additional ease of use. These 13 doorwalls were installed in 1992, and I have no intention of replacing them any time soon.
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