Keeping Your Sliding Door Running Smoothly

Homeowners encounter difficulties with sliding patio doors. Sometimes they get stuck when they are being opened or closed. Sometimes, they just don’t glide at all. However, I will take you to step by step on how you can keep your sliding door run smoothly:

Keeping Your Sliding Door Running Smoothly
  1. Using a toothbrush or wire brush, clean the inside of the sliding door track then finish with a vacuum cleaner. If you have some problems with your glass door, wheels or locks don't estimate to email 24/7.
  2. You are also advised to lubricate the sliding door track with WD-40 or a silicone-based lubricant.
  3. To get better results, you have to adjust the roller of the sliding glass door by first opening the plug that covers the roller's screws and then adjusting the screws with a Phillips screwdriver until the door slides better.
  4. Spray some lubricant into the adjustment screw opening before replacing the plug for smooth movement.

The following simple tips will enable your sticking sliding glass door to run smoothly again.

You will need to put the following items ready before you start.

  1. Silicone Based Lubricant
  2. Vacuum cleaner
  3. Screwdrivers Phillips & Slotted
  4. Steak Knife
  5. Toothbrush
  6. WD-40

This type of quick fix is not expensive, does not take long, and helps keep your sliding glass door operate smoothly.

Step 1: Cleaning the Sliding Glass Door Track

All standard sliding glass doors have tracks. The track is usually used as a guide for the door and also to help roller wheels to run the door smoothly.

Due to different factors, the sliding glass door track accumulates dirt and grime, which slows down the door functionality.

Therefore, to clean it, you can use a toothbrush or wire brush to clean the inside of the sliding glass door track. After trying toothbrush, I then switched over to the wire brush, which I also use for cleaning my golf clubs. If you know anyone who golfs you can borrow this kind of wire brush from them. All the black dirt and grime removed from the sliding glass door track should be vacuumed.

Step 2: Lubricating the Sliding Glass Door Track

Use WD-40 or a silicone-based lubricant and spray the entire track.

Blaster’s Garage Door spray lubricant is the product I love using because it’s silicone-based and doesn’t attract dirt buildup. It cheap and can be found at any Home Depot or Lowes here in the states.

After spraying, make sure to wipe up any overspray that lands on the floor.

Step 3: Adjusting Sliding Glass Door Rollers for a Smoother Ride

There are adjustable rollers inside a standard sliding glass door that enable it to slide on the track. The sliding glass door also has holes that conceal the adjusting screws to these rollers.

You can use a steak knife to pry the plugs loose. After that, spray some lubricant into the adjustment screw opening. This helps the sliding glass door rollers to operate smoothly.

You can use a Phillips headscrew to adjust the screws of the rollers. This helps to increase or reduce the roller height by as much as 1/4 inch or even 1/2 cm. Tinker around with the roller screws to see if the door glides better when it’s at a lower or higher height, which in turn can help the sliding glass door to move with ease.