How to Clean and Lubricate a Sliding Glass Door

If your sliding glass door is sticking or not sliding smoothly, it may be time to clean and lubricate a sliding glass door. Sliding glass doors can get dirty and dusty, and over time this can cause the door to stick or not slide as smoothly as it should. A good cleaning and lubrication will help to keep your door functioning properly. We will look at ways how to make a sliding door slide easier.

You can clean and lubricate your sliding glass door in two main ways:

  • the fast way for minor soiling
  • long-term option for thorough cleaning and lubrication.

Tools You Will Need

There are several things that you will need for cleaning and lubricating the sliding glass door. The main requirements include:

  • Screwdriver
  • Stiff wire brush
  • Rug
  • Lubricant
  • Vacuum cleaner

The Quick Method of Cleaning and Lubricating a Sliding Glass Door

If your sliding glass door is not extremely dirty and jammed, you can use the fast method to clean it. By following the steps below you will have your door back in shape in a short while:

  • Start by vacuuming the tracks of the sliding glass door, while it is closed
  • Open the door the whole way to gain access to the sliding glass door track on the other side
  • Using a stiff wire brush, remove the debris and dirt and then vacuum the tracks.
  • Take your sliding door lubricant and spray it to both sides of the track. if there is excessive lubricant, wipe it using the rag.
  • Finally, slide the door back and forth to help with the spreading of the grease all over the track.

Detailed and Thorough Cleaning and Lubricating of a Sliding Glass Door

For this method, it should be done at least once a year, whether the door is jammed or not. This is part of the maintenance of your sliding glass door. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Start by removing all blinds, curtains, and the screens from the door.
  2. Push the door upwards, by holding both ends. This will allow you to access the tracks on the lower side.
  3. Using a screwdriver, loosen the screws on the bottom wheel so that the lower threshold is clear.
  4. Push the door further upwards to a point of having the door opening clear.
  5. Place the door on a flat and sturdy surface. This allows you to access the wheels for better cleaning.
  6. Remove all the dirt all around the door using the stiff wire brush and vacuum.
  7. With the door clean, apply the sliding door lubricant around the wheels and tracks. Test if the wheels are gliding smoothly on the tracks.
  8. Wipe off any excess grease using the rag.
  9. Pick up the door and place it back in its position. Push it upwards so that lower roller clear their threshold
  10. Place back every screw and tighten them. Slide your door on the to spread the grease. Make sure that it glides smoothly.

There you have it, you now know how to clean sliding door tracks and lubricate them. If you try these steps and the patio door is still jammed, call 24hr Sliding Door Repair at 877-299-9179 to have your door fixed.

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