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Does anyone else have window frames with a channel at the bottom that just collects shit?

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LapsedTwentysomething Tue 23-Jun-15 20:58:22

That's it really. We have shite aluminium frames with a lip/channel of about 8mm so it's hard to get anything in to clean it out. When you do you sort of have to pinch the gunk together with paper towels and try to lift it out. It really is gross. It's also wet because of the condensation. Any tips? We'll be replacing the windows when we can.

Lovesyoungdreamers Tue 23-Jun-15 20:59:52

We have those, I loathe them. No tips I'm afraid. I have never been able to clean them properly. We rent so can't replace them sad

ilovechristmas1 Tue 23-Jun-15 21:10:14

will a old toothbrush get the majority out, then just a wipe to keep on top

EnriqueTheRingBearingLizard Tue 23-Jun-15 21:13:39

Ours are double glazed so the shit they collect is most part dry, but it still lodges there. I use a round pastry brush to try cleaning them out but something always remains.

I do have a separate brush for pies grin

midnightmoomoo Tue 23-Jun-15 21:25:54

I use cotton buds to clean the cat fur out of our frames

LapsedTwentysomething Tue 23-Jun-15 22:37:27

The thought of cleaning it out of the bristles of a brush makes me <vom> (I don't have a toilet brush either! grin). The best I've come up with is those Regina Blitz towels but still it's awkward to dig it out. And it's black.

PigletJohn Tue 23-Jun-15 23:03:46

when very dirty, a bucket of warm water with detergent and a hand-brush (as used with dustpans)

When not very dirty, a stiff paintbrush and a smaller bucket. You can get very stiff nylon brushes for cleaning car wheels if it is hard.

Windows are made with drainage channels to let the rain out, so you can include a small pump-up garden sprayer to wash away the dirt your brush and detergent have loosened, and it will run away (preferably outside the house). No need to pick it up with cotton buds and wipes.

If the windows are plastic, you can use car-wash shampoo which seems to leave them shiny after rinsing off.

Even once a year will keep it under control.

LapsedTwentysomething Fri 26-Jun-15 20:27:08

Thanks, but the channels are on the inside. Is that what you mean?

PigletJohn Fri 26-Jun-15 22:08:54


there should still have drainage. Pour an eggcup of water in and see if it drains away, probably in the corners as they are aluminium.

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