How to Clean Sliding Glass Doors the Right Way

How to Clean Sliding Glass Doors the Right Way

Are you looking to make your sliding glass door shine like the day that you installed it? Tired of looking at the smudges and fingermarks that it’s gathered on the glass? If so, then you need to learn how to clean sliding glass doors the right way. 

Doing so can help you keep your sliding glass door look younger for longer. Using a few home cleaning tips, you can make sure that glass stays in tip-top shape for the long haul.

See below for more information on how to clean each section of the sliding glass door and how to do it properly.

Know What You’re Up Against

For most homeowners, cleaning the sliding glass door(s) in their home only entails a quick once-over. They spray it with glass cleaner, wipe it off, then move on to the next thing.

However, your sliding glass door has many more components than the glass, such as the door frame, the hardware, and the tracks that it slides on. Each of these requires special attention for long-term functionality (and cleanliness). The hardware alone (such as the door handle) is one of the most germ-filled places in your house due to the number of times people touch it. 

Cleaning your sliding glass door efficiently involves a lot more than wiping down surfaces. You’ll want to have a vacuum handy to get rid of debris, as well as some tougher materials (such as steel wool) to get rid of rusting or corrosion on your tracks. Things that most homeowners don’t think of.

As you read through our instructions below, remember to look at the entire project as a whole. If done right, this shouldn’t take any longer than 30 minutes to complete. In no time at all, this process will become like second nature to you!

Start with the Rails

To ensure the sliding glass door is virtually spotless when we’re done, we’re going to go from the least-touched to the most-touched aspects of the sliding door system. For that reason, we’re starting things off with the door rails.

To clean it thoroughly, you’ll actually want to remove the sliding glass door. Most tracks allow the ability for you to use a screwdriver and raise the tracks, then pull the door out. You can keep the screen on to prevent bugs from flying into your home.

Once the door is out of the way, be sure to vacuum the tracks to get rid of the debris that’s lodged inside. This could be things like dirt, dust, sand, mulch, or tiny bits of gravel. Don’t forget to vacuum the top track and top of your door as well!

Next, it’s time to look for signs of rust. If you spot them, scrub away at them with steel wool. Once that’s done, you’ll want to clean out the old grease in your door to make way for new grease.

Put a little acetone on a rag or small toothbrush, then scrub the entirety of the tracks to ensure a thorough clean. Wipe it with dry clothe when you’re done, then apply a tiny amount of grease on the tracks, then place the door back on. Open and close the door a few times to ensure the grease spreads evenly.

Thoroughly Clean the Glass

Even though you’ve cleaned the glass in your sliding door hundreds of times, you may not be doing it thoroughly. Let’s change that habit, starting today!

First, start by mixing a blend of dish soap and water into a bowl or bucket. One part soap, three parts water should do the trick. Dip a hand rag into that solution and wet down the entire glass on both the inside and outside, don’t be shy! Wait a few minutes for that to run its course, then dry it off with paper towels by wiping side to side from top to bottom.

Next, use your preferred glass cleaner and spray it along the glass (you’ll want to do the inside and outside one at a time), then immediately wipe it down with a microfiber cloth.

For those of you wondering how professional cleaning companies make the door shine so well, part of their secret is wiping off the glass cleaning solution with a squeegee. If you’re looking for a thorough clean, but don’t have the time, then a professional cleaning company might be the perfect situation for you!

Clean the High Touchpoints

Now that we’ve greased up the tracks and made the glass look invisible, the only thing left to do is clean the parts of your sliding glass door that get touched most often: the door frame and handle.

First, take a dry microfiber cloth and wipe off any dust that you see at the top of the door frame. Then, dip a rag into that soap and water solution from earlier, then wipe down the door frame. Be sure to thoroughly scrub at any smudges that you see.

Dip your rag into that water and dish soap solution one more time, then scrub away at the door handle. You can also use a Clorox wipe after it dries. If your handle is metal, then be sure to finish it off with a bit of polish to prevent rusting.

How to Clean Sliding Glass Doors: Go Segment by Segment

Now that you’ve seen an in-depth guide on how to clean sliding glass doors the right way, be sure to use this information to your advantage.

Start by reading this article for more information on how to clean grease and make room for that new lubrication on your sliding glass door track.

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