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Sliding Doors – Ways to Make Door Slide Easier

Sliding doors are a very good way to save the area and make the room spacious. They are very convenient to use, and at the same time look very stylish. Sliding glass doors allow light in the room and make the room look larger. They are available in the market in different materials and all are popular because of their convenience, but when these doors start giving problems, and stick in the track, then they become hassle. Let’s see how to make them slide easier.

How to Sliding Doors Track Cleaning?

It is commonly said that prevention is better than cure so you should take care of the cleanliness of the track. Usually the sliding doors stick on the track because of dirt, mud and rust. So cleaning the track of these doors is must. If your door is not sliding properly and giving you jerks, then examine the track that is there a small piece of any object or dirt. If any object; like stone or mud; simply remove it.


Remove the glass or slides from the track by lifting the door to upper track and pulling forward from the bottom to disengage the door from the lower track, ask someone for assistance as these doors are very heavy. Lay the door on the floor carefully.

Sliding Doors Track Cleaning Solutions

Take cleaning solution and spray it on the top and bottom rollers of the door along with top and bottom tracks and leave it for five minutes so that the solution gets soaks in properly. Now wipe the tracks and rollers with a paper towel. Remove all dirt and pieces of gravel. Now apply the silicon-based lubricant to the tracks and rollers. Reinstall the door and move back and forth to check.

Another major cause of sticking the sliding door is damaged track. At times the track gets damaged or bent by heavy loads and gives problem in sliding, so get it fixed. Take the dents out by putting wooden blocks on both the sides of the track tightly, and straighten it with the help of a hammer. Now again slide the door back and forth if it still gets stuck then replace the track.

By cleaning and fixing the track you can get your sliding doors move easily. But the most important thing is to keep your door track clean. Regular wiping and cleaning will prevent it from getting stuck. Try to cross the track without rubbing your shoes on it to prevent it from damaging so your sliding door always slides easily.

Sliding Door Roller Replacement: DIY Guide To Do It The Right Way


A sliding door roller replacement is not a difficult task but it is time consuming indeed. To start the task, you should remove the sliding panels to get rid of the weight as it makes the task a lot easier to do.

The sliding doors consist of a track that holds the door still. It helps the door move forward and backward. The base of the door consists of rollers. Over time, these rollers wear out. To fix the door, your need to remove and replace these sliders.

The simple way to remove your sliding glass doors

On the bottom edge of the door there is a cap. Remove that cap and it will expose the screw inside. Use the right sized screwdriver and loosen the nuts. Repeat that with both the left and the right ends of the sliding doors.

Once the screws are loosened, allow the sliding door roller to slide open partially and grip it from both sides of the door with your hands.  Inspect whether it can be lifted into the top track while the bottom to come out easily, if so, do it and lift the rollers off the bottom of the track to gently pull the door towards you and move the door away from the frame.

If the door is heavy for you to lift, use pry bars to pry it up from the bottom on it. Prying includes placing a piece of backer board below to prevent any damage, especially if the flooring is made of timber floorboards. Back both side with a piece of backer-board and if you still face any clearance issue, remove the set screw in each corner.

This allows the adjustment wheels to be turned and this will pull the wheels all the way up into the frame in such a way that it lowers the door down, clearing the door out in the process.

What about removing sliding fly-screens?

The sliding fly-screens can be moved out of the way, pretty much the same way as removing the glass sliding door.