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Expert tips to clean the tracks on your sliding doors

Regularly cleaning the tracks for your sliding patio doors will allow them to keep opening and closing easily for years to come. In fact, proper cleaning is important because dirt in the tracks can cause problems and potentially damage the door. Here’s everything you need to know to clean the tracks for your sliding doors.

 

Materials required

You likely already have everything you need to get started. To clean your sliding door tracks you’ll require:

 

  • A vacuum cleaner
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • A wire brush or old toothbrush
  • Rags or paper towels

 

Steps to follow

Once you’ve assembled everything you need, do the following

 

Run the vacuum. Use an attachment on your vacuum cleaner to suck up all the larger debris on the tracks such as dead insects, leaves and dirt. Make sure you dig into all the corners and crevices.

 

Get the baking soda. Sprinkle some of it onto the tracks. If you haven’t cleaned the tracks for a while and a lot of gunk has accumulated, sprinkle a bit extra in those areas.

 

Use the vinegar. Add a tiny amount of white vinegar to the baking soda. Things will start bubbling right away and the chemical reaction will help break apart the gunk on your tracks. Let the solution sit for about five minutes.

 

Wash with a brush. Use a wire brush or an old toothbrush to scour out all the caked-on grime that’s built up in your sliding door tracks. Use a bit of elbow grease and make sure to get into those nooks and crevices.

 

Wipe with rags. Use rags or paper towels to wipe everything up. You’ll probably have to do this a couple of times.

 

If it’s been a while since the tracks have had a good cleaning, you may need to use a butter knife or screwdriver to scrape the tracks and loosen any material that remains. Wipe it all out with a paper towel and give it another vacuum to finish the job. Remember to slide the doors afterward and do the other side, too!

 

Patio doors in Ottawa and surrounding areas

All doors have a limited life span. If it’s time to replace yours, Canadian Comfort Windows & Doors has a large selection of quality patio doors. We serve Ottawa and the surrounding area, and all our door installations come with a 10-year labour guarantee. Contact us today for a free estimate or to learn more about our products and services.