Sticking Windows? The Best Way to Lubricate Hard-to-Open Windows

Have your windows become difficult to open? Dust, dirt, and pollen may have become lodged in the tracks, which is one common reason for sticking windows. Getting your window sashes to glide open and closed easily again is as simple as cleaning the accumulated debris and lubricating the tracks. Here’s how.

Gather Your Supplies

>> A few cloths and towels
>> Vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment
>> Vinegar or baby shampoo
>> Bucket of hot water
>> Silicone-based lubricant

Clean the Window Tracks

>> Open the window as far as possible to gain access to the tracks along which the sash slides open and closed.
>> Wipe the tracks and window frame with a dry cloth to brush away loose dust and dirt.
>> Vacuum any remaining debris from inside the track using the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner.
>> Create a mild cleaning solution by mixing 3/4 cup vinegar or 1/2 teaspoon baby shampoo in a bucket filled with
1/2 gallon of hot water.
>> Dip a cloth in the solution and use it to clean away heavy dirt buildup, mold, and mildew.
>> Rinse the cloth with clean water and wipe it over the window tracks. Then, dry the window with a clean towel.

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