How to Care for Your Sliding Glass Door

How to Care for Your Sliding Glass DoorA sliding glass door that opens to a deck or patio is an attractive, practical asset to any home. Read on to learn more about how to care for this type of door and keep it on its track.

Make the Door Slide Easier

Over time, dirt and grime collect on the tracks of a sliding glass door. When this occurs, clean the tracks with a toothbrush or wire brush, remove the debris, and go back over the tracks with a hand vacuum. Next, paint or spray a silicone-based lubricant along each path and slide the door back and forth to spread it evenly. Silicone is preferred for its resistance to dirt and grime, but be sure to wipe the nearby floor, for it leaves a slippery surface.

The Role of Rollers

When a sliding door struggles on a clean track, the problem is usually with the rollers that enable it to move on the tracks. Check the bottom of the door panel for a small plastic plug. Behind it should be a screw that adjusts the height and depth of the roller. Turn the screw clockwise to see if the adjustment works; if not, turn it the opposite way. Within minutes, the door should slide just fine.

Washing the Glass

To clean the door’s glass, wash it from top to bottom with hot soapy water, then wipe it dry with a clean cloth. Next, pour 1/4-cup rubbing alcohol, 1/3-cup white vinegar, and enough distilled water to fill a 32-ounce spray bottle. Spray the liquid all over the glass, then use a squeegee to wipe it free of streaks and haze. Repeat as necessary to both sides of the glass

Window Frame and Hardware

Use the same soapy water to wash the entire frame around the glass from top to bottom, then rinse with fresh water and dry with a clean towel. Before polishing the door’s handle, knob, and lock, make sure they are working properly. For good measure, disassemble the lock and use an aerosol lubricant to clean and coat its moving parts.

Threat of Water?

Except when facing hard and wind-driven rains, well-installed and maintained sliding glass doors usually do not experience any intrusive water. In areas of the country frequented by heavy winds and rains, however, it is worth considering the use of weather stripping to seal the door jamb with a single continuous strip.

Make the Door Slide Easier

When the topic is sliding glass and patio doors, remember that Renewal by Andersen represents the most recognized brand of windows in America. Call us at (916) 525-7711 or fill out our contact form for more information about our sliding windows, weathertight doors, and more.