Some people would not opt for a glass sliding door because they thought these glass doors are difficult to clean. Here are some quick, inexpensive and easy ways to clean glass sliding doors and the sliding wheels running smoothly:
- Clean the slider track using an old toothbrush. To clean hard to reach areas, you can also use a wire brush or keyboard/gadget brushes. You can also use a specialized vacuum cleaner to suck up all the dirt particles. Dirt, gravel, grime and soil particles accumulate onto the slider track over time; this is what makes the slider wheels difficult to run through the track. The accumulated dirt can also damage the slider wheels.
- After thorough cleaning, lubricating the slider wheels can also help the wheels run smoothly. You can use any type of lubricant but one in spray bottles is most recommended because of ease in application. The pour-in type may create more of a mess when applied onto hard to reach areas.
- For extremely dirty tracks, you can spray a small amount all-purpose cleaner solution and let it stay for a few minutes before brushing off or wiping off the dirt particles.
- For hard to reach areas where a small vacuum tip is not available, a cotton swab or Q-tip may prove very effective to use.
- For sliding glass door tracks that are penetrated with mildew, it may take a few more minutes for the multipurpose cleaner solution to soften mildew sticking onto the tracks before wiping them off with a damp rag.
- Check for loose screws and tighten them. Due to continuous movement, screws and bolts may get loose and then later on clog onto the sliding track.
- Check for worn out wheels that need replacing. When the sliding movement becomes bumpy, you may have a loose or broken wheel.
- Check for leaks on your glass sliding door. Your clues would include, rainwater leaking through the inside, so watch out for wet spots and patches on the floor. The best way to have this resolved is to report to your glass service repairman.
- Check on the door locks, if they are not latching on the designated knob, this may mean that the door has lost its alignment. It would be best to call your glass repair company.
- If you have done the above tips and the sliding door does not move or is bumpy when moved, it may be time for a replacement, don’t hesitate to call Jim’s Glass.
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