Sliding Doors are loved by the nation, is one of the most popular trends in Home renovation 2018. A sliding door is mounted on two tracts which are on the top and bottom of the door frame, this allows the door to slide horizontally. Most popularly used in wardrobes, showers and conservatories. If you are looking for something with a more modern feel, you can now purchase motorised sliding doors. Commonly found in areas with more traffic; offices, shops and airports. Sliding Doors are a great way to save some extra space, you don’t need to allow an area for opening and closing. They are a great way to open any room, if you have a smaller room which feels cramped, just open the sliding doors to create a more open feel.
Maintenance is very important to make sure your doors look good for as long as possible. There are many ways in which you can maintain and look after your doors. Here are some of our top tricks and tips to maintain and cleaning your sliding doors;
Lubricating Your Doors
When the sliding doors become more difficult to move or have an annoying squeak that screams every time you open the door, then it’s probably time to top up the lubricant on your door tracks. When deciding on a lubricant to use, it’s important to do your research. Using the wrong type of lubricant may lead to further damage, this may cause you to pay for professionals to fix the damage caused. It may be a wise decision to contact the manufactures of the doors to see what they suggest, they know the ins and out of the doors and what works well with them.
Before lubricating your doors, it’s important that you clean the door tracks beforehand. This will prevent any dirt from getting mixed up with the lubricant, and make sure the doors run smoothly. When applying the lubricant, it’s important to follow the instructions on the bottle exactly, these instructions are made by the experts so follow them. Lubricate your sliding doors every 2-3 months to make sure they run smoothly 24/7.
The daily dirt that gets caught up in the tracks doesn’t create a large threat to your doors, but a build up over a longer period could. It’s important that you stay on top of the cleaning to prevent this from happening. One way in which you can prevent large build up is vacuuming, the vacuum will be able to reach those smaller and harder to reach sections, making sure that it’s all cleared up. To make sure every little piece of dirt is collected, vacuum with the door both open and closed. We recommended that you vacuum your sliding door tracks 2-3 a week, or even more if you have the time.
Wiping down the tracks is just as important as vacuuming, it can pick up any stuck-on dirt. A dash of cleaning solution/dish soap and some water can lift dirt which may be left on the tracks. Use a damp cloth or scrubbing brush in a circular motion to remove the dirt. Once you’ve got rid of the dirt, wipe up any left-over liquid with a dry cloth.
For those stubborn pieces of dirt, we suggest you use a specialised chemical. You can find these in your local supermarkets, make sure you do your research before purchasing any products. Using the wrong chemical can cause damage to the surface and look of the doors and tracks. Make sure you know what material your door and frame are made from to prevent it from happening.
They’re also hundreds of home remedies online which claim to do the same job as the pricey products. There are always the risks of them not working or even causing damage to your sliding doors, so make sure you check.
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