How to Clean and Lubricate a Sliding Patio Door

Despite all the benefits of having a Milgard sliding patio door, one disadvantage of the large glass pane that makes up the majority of the patio door is that it can get dirty pretty quickly. Therefore, it will be essential for you to clean and lubricate your Milgard sliding patio door often. This guide will help you learn how to clean and lubricate a sliding patio door. (Please make sure to read our FAQs disclaimer before reviewing or enacting any FAQ content/recommendations.)

To efficiently complete the process of how to clean and lubricate a sliding patio door, you will need several items. They include a dry/wet vacuum cleaner, non abrasive household cleaner, cleaning rags, steel wool, vinyl protectant, and safety glasses and gloves.

The first step in how to clean and lubricate a sliding patio door is vacuum the visible track area until you remove all the debris which can include dirt, sand, bugs, and pet hair. Once you finish vacuuming that side, open your Milgard sliding patio door and repeat the process on the other side of the track.

Keeping the door open, spray the household cleaner on the exposed track and wipe it rigorously to remove the built-up debris. Close the screen door and repeat the process on the other side of the track.

The next step will be to inspect the round portion of the track surface meticulously. If you see any debris or rough spots, most of the time, you can smooth them over with a piece of steel wool. However, if the wear is severe enough, you might want to think about replacing the track entirely.

The final step in how to clean and lubricate a sliding patio door is to lubricate the track and weatherstrip with a vinyl protectant. The protectant will help enhance the sliding ability of your Milgard patio door. Once you are done cleaning your door, you should open and close it several times to assure smooth operation.

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