How to make your sliding glass door

(or window) slide easier…




Do you feel like this some days?

Well, if you do, then we have the tip for you!


Some areas of the home can be forgotten when doing simple house cleaning chores. The tracks of your sliding door are one area that may be neglected at times. Luckily, it is quick and easy to clean the tracks, so you can incorporate this task into your normal cleaning schedule.


Sliding doors or windows can become difficult to open when the track accumulates dirt and debris. Doors collect dirt and sand in their tracks and once the track gets dirty, your sliding door does not want to slide back and forth smoothly anymore. The same happens with your windows as well.  To be proactive and prevent this from happening and having to call a professional, every so often you need to clean the track. If you don’t keep the track of your sliding door clean you may even do damage to the door.


clean track 2


The simplest and best way you can clean out the track of your door or window is with a vacuum cleaner. Put on the tool for small places or the brush end and suck out the dirt as much as you can from the track while the door or window is open. Then close the door or window and suck the dirt from the other part of the track.  After you have vacuumed out as much of the loose dirt that you can from the door track you need to clean any sticky dirt off of the track. Use a soft rag with some hot water and wipe the track clean. Do this with the door or window open and then do the other side of the track with it closed.

clean track 1

To keep your sliding door and window tracks sliding smoothly, you should clean them regularly.


Please note: Do not put lubricant on your sliding door wheels or track as this will actually attack more dirt and could cause damage to the wheel & bearings.  You can, however, use dry silicone lubricant on your vinyl window track to help that move easier.