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Fixing Sticking Sliding Patio Doors: Important Steps

Featuring a narrow frame and expansive glass area, sliding patio doors provide a sleek, modern aesthetic to any home. Like installation windows or any other fixture in your home, however, these doors can accumulate dust and dirt over time, which can cause them to become difficult to open or close.

Fortunately, it’s usually pretty easy to solve this problem. Read on for a quick, step-by-step guide from Renewal by Andersen® of Spokane.

Clean the Tracks

Dust and debris can get stuck on the horizontal tracks of sliding doors. Begin the cleaning process by vacuuming the tracks. Next, scrub away remaining dirt with an old toothbrush, making sure to cover all corners. Use the vacuum cleaner again to pick up the loose dirt. Then, wipe the tracks clean with a wet sponge. Try opening and closing the doors now to see if you’ve fixed the issue.

Lubricate the Tracks

Door and window replacement pros recommend the use of a silicone-based lubricant to help the sliding doors open and close more easily. After application, move the doors back and forth to distribute the liquid through the tracks. This lubricant also prevents dirt and grime from accumulating.

Adjust the Rollers

In some sliding patio doors, a hole can be found on both the upper and lower part of the doors. Covered with a plastic plug, you insert a screwdriver in it to either tighten or loosen the screw within to adjust the height of the roller. Try making a few adjustments until you find a level that provides smooth operation of the doors.

At Renewal by Andersen of Spokane, we offer a full selection of sliding and hinged patio doors for homes. Our products are a leading choice for many homeowners in the local area thanks to their durability, aesthetic appeal and energy-efficient performance. Working with us makes it easy and affordable to improve your home

Find out more about our exceptional products, including our specialty windows, by calling (509) 202-4090. You may also fill out our contact form to schedule a free, in-home consultation. We serve residents of Spokane and the surrounding areas.


"Adam and Josh are two young men that obviously enjoy the craft of installing Andersen windows. It is clear that they appreciate the quality of these windows and express that in the skill with which they put into their installation. They were very helpful with answering my questions about my new windows. They went the extra mile to explain what products I should buy for cleaning and maintaining my new windows. I want these two young men to return to install my next set of Anderson Windows."

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