Regular maintenance of your patio sliding doors and its tracks will help prolong the life of the doors and increase ease of use. If you have a stubborn sliding screen that has some trouble sliding along the track, it’s probably time for a tune-up.
Typically dirty rollers and tracks are the primary reason these doors get stuck. All of the dirt, mud and debris from continual use can get clogged in the track and in turn, add to the sliding door’s rollers.
To remedy this, take the following steps:
REMOVE THE SCREEN DOOR
Each screen door is different, but this tutorial can help guide the removal of your door.
CLEAN THE TRACKS
Cleaning the tracks thoroughly is key for optimal performance. Use a wire brush to clean the inside of the track to remove all excess debris built up over time. Once the dirt is loose, use a vacuum to clean up the mess.
I recommend spraying the tracks with WD-40 or any other silicone-based lubricant spray. Silicone based sprays won’t attract dirt buildup and will help your tracks stay cleaner, longer. Spray the entire track.
CLEAN ROLLERS ON THE SCREEN DOOR
Dirty rollers can also diminish the ease of opening your doors. Be sure to clear the rollers on your screen doors of any extra debris.
PUT DOORS BACK UP
Yes, it’s that easy! Performing a quick tune up can make a huge difference in the functionality of your patio doors.