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Entering and Exiting: A Door Blog

How to Release a Sticking Sliding Wardrobe Door

by Brad Barnes

Even good quality, professionally-installed sliding wardrobe doors can begin to stick. This is often due to dust and everyday dirt becoming ground into the track and around the rollers. But what can you do to get your sliding wardrobe doors gliding smoothly along their tracks once more? Read on for some helpful hints and tips.

What you'll need

  • a drop cloth
  • flathead screwdriver
  • rubbing alcohol
  • rags
  • silicone lubricant spray (this is best to use as it is dust-resistant)
  • block of paraffin wax

This job is pretty straightforward, but you will need a helper to assist you in removing the doors, as they can be heavy and unwieldy. Everything you need for this job can be obtained from good DIY stores.

How to do it

  1. Put the drop cloth on the floor in front of the doors. Locate the two plastic plugs protecting the roller adjustment screws situated at the bottom edge of the door frame and remove them; the plugs should just pop off.  
  2. Place a flathead screwdriver into the roller adjustment screws and turn it anti-clockwise to retract the rollers completely. This has the effect of lowering the door so that you can remove it.  
  3. Carefully slide the door so that it is fully open and remove the roller adjustment screws.  
  4. Tilt the top of the sliding door panel towards you, and lift it away from the bottom track. (This is where you'll need a helper.) Put the door somewhere safe where it can't fall.  
  5. Next, prise out the rollers from the bottom door pocket. Use a rag and some rubbing alcohol to clean any dirt from the rollers. Give the rollers a good spray with silicone lubricant before replacing them. To fit the rollers back into their pocket, just place them into position and tap gently with a hammer.  
  6. Now, thoroughly vacuum the bottom track to remove dust, and then use a rag and rubbing alcohol to clean the top and bottom tracks.  
  7. Lubricate the top track with silicone spray. The bottom track should be lubricated by giving it a good rub with a block of paraffin wax.  
  8. Now it's time to replace the door. Replace the roller adjustment screws.  
  9. With the assistance of your helper, place the door back into the bottom track and tilt it upwards so that it slots back into the upper track.  
  10. Finally, tighten the roller adjustment screws to bring the door parallel with the door jamb, and replace the protective plugs.

Your sliding wardrobe door should now glide smoothly along its tracks. For more information or assistance, contact services like Mitchell Aluminium.