How to Clean and Lubricate a Sliding Patio Door Track


Spring is a great time to think about cleaning the house. After you’ve gone through closets, vacuumed under the bed and packed a box ready to drop off at the donation center, don’t forget to think about cleaning dirty windows and patio doors, especially the tracks.

As the better weather approaches, you’ll probably be going out on the patio more to entertain outside, so this is a great time to ensure your patio doors are operating smoothly and open easily.

This is a quick video to show you the steps you can follow to help you not only clean, but, lubricate the track of your sliding patio door. It should take about 10 minutes to complete the process, so, let’s get started.

Pull out a bottle of non-abrasive household cleaner, vinyl protectant spray, some cleaning rags, a wet dry vacuum and steel wool.

As the video demonstrates:

  • First, with the door closed, vacuum the tracks. Open the door and repeat on the other side of the track.
  • With door open, spray a nonabrasive cleaner in the track and wipe it down. Close door and repeat on other side of track.
  • Inspect the round portion of the track for any buildup that may have occurred over time. Dirt, pet hair and lint are common culprits. Clean with steel wool if necessary and follow by lubricating the track with silicone spray.

Roll door back and forth to ensure a smooth operation and you’re all set.

Note: If you happen to notice any damage on the track, contact Milgard support.


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