At least the calendar says it should be Spring even if the weather isn’t totally Spring-like, which means it’s time to get to work on all of those areas of the home where dirt and crud have built up all winter long… like window tracks.
Mine are disgusting – beyond the normal black crud that tends to accumulate – I’ve actually managed to cultivate some quarter-sized, hairy balls of mould in my window tracks as well. No one wants quarter-sized hairy balls right? (lol). Quite frankly, our windows are in desperate need of being replaced. We are currently on the lookout for an Anderson windows distributor so I’ll keep you posted on how that develops!
I’m going to say it’s being done to make my own penicillin, or maybe to build my family’s’ immune systems. Hey, if Claire (from Outlander) can make her own penicillin in a window sill, I can certainly do a little propagating in my window tracks right?
That’s so gross.
I was watching a mini-video that another blogger I know had made using the HomeRight Steam Machine. She was cleaning her shower and tile grout and the results were amazing. You know I had to get one – I’m totally susceptible to the influence of bloggers.
I will start this by saying this is NOT a sponsored post. HomeRight does not know I’m writing this, they did not pay me or give me the steam machine – this was purchased with my own buckolas (not that it should really make a difference because I won’t promote anything on here that I don’t believe in).
The reason I’m sharing it is because I was so impressed with how easy it was to clean window tracks, that I thought I’d pass along a good thing to you guys as well.
This is one of about 15 window tracks in my house (and yes, they are all this filthy).
This is the miracle machine that cleaned them to 99.9% bacteria (and filth) free.
It’s called a Steam Machine and it’s made by HomeRight. I bought the one that came with a million attachments to clean floors, walls, granite, windows, grout, barbecue grills etc. It rings in at about $120 US.
This is my new toy at work (the actual time it took to get clean window tracks was 2:20).
Two minutes and twenty seconds (the video was sped up) to remove every scrap of crud with very little scrubbing involved. I’d say this is definitely the easiest way to clean window tracks – and certainly the most thorough.
The steam heats up to 290°F, so nothing is going to survive a direct blast. Crud is loosened so that all you have to do is wipe.
You can use your HomeRight steam machine to clean the entire window, but we have window film and the weather here is still a bit too cool so the hot steam-meets-cold glass could cause the window to shatter. Instead, I brought out my trusty ENJO to finish the job in minutes – screens and all.
I have another area of my home that is impossible to clean – my stone backsplash;
The white paper towel was to make sure I set the white balance exactly the same for every photo – wouldn’t want you guys to think I’m fibbing. I’ve steamed three-quarters of the backsplash – the left side – and you can see the difference compared to the small section on the right that isn’t done. I love our backsplash, its real stone and it’s gorgeous, but I have not been able to find a method for cleaning a stone backsplash for years. You can’t dust it without tearing up a cloth, you can’t wash it without disintegrating a sponge – I was beginning to think I’d have to bring a pressure washer inside to hose it down to remove all the grease, spaghetti sauce and pancake splatter that had accumulated.
Nope. A few minutes with the HomeRight steam machine and the brush head and my stone backsplash is clean – like into-the-grooves-and every-porous-surface-clean! No scrubbing, no labour-intensive or time-consuming process – this is truly the best way for cleaning a stone backsplash.
Since I haven’t been able to clean it since installation, it’s fair to say that this is the cleanest my kitchen backsplash has EVER been! You don’t have to limit this to cleaning a stone backsplash either – this will clean grease and grime from any backsplash – glass, metal, tile…. ooooh, it would work especially well on tile!
The rest of the kitchen – not so much – but I’m planning on steaming the floors and cleaning the grout next week.
If you are starting your Spring cleaning, or have difficult areas that need weekly help, I can’t recommend the HomeRight steam machine highly enough! It will cut your clean-time down to a fraction of what it would be manually scrubbing and it will do it better, removing 99.9% of bacteria.
This is the HomeRight Steam Machine I purchased (affiliate link – which means I will get a small percentage from Amazon for sending you their way, but it in no way affects the price you pay).
If you are unsure of the best way to clean your windows be sure to use a service such as NICK’S Window Cleaning to get the best results. Or if you’re looking for the easiest way to clean window tracks, and hands-down the easiest way for cleaning a stone backsplash, this is it!
Have a great one!