Sliding glass doors are a great choice for easy access in and out of your home. Over time, after extended use, they can need some care and attention, especially if they haven’t been regularly maintained over the years. Rust is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to sliding doors not working properly. Waiting until there’s a real problem may put you in a situation where they have to be replaced instead of just cleaned or repaired. When it comes to sliding doors, rust does not have to be an issue.
Master Seal doors meet or exceed industry standards for wind-loaded resistance, air and water infiltration, ease of operation, forced entry, and more. We want to ensure we offer a product that provides increased comfort, lower heating and air-conditioning costs, easier cleaning, and low maintenance. Call today for more information at 855.608.1580.
1. Prevent Rust from Forming with Regular Maintenance
Like anything, it’s always better to put the time into cleaning and maintaining your sliding doors to extend their life. This will prevent rust from forming in the first place and allow you to avoid any costly repairs, or worse, total replacement. To extend the life of your professionally installed sliding doors, follow these simple maintenance suggestions:
- Regularly clean the sliding door tracks
- Ensure you have good weather-stripping to prevent moisture from seeping in
- Use a store-bought degreaser
- Lubricate locks
You will not have to worry about rust, dirt, or grime if you maintain a regular maintenance schedule. Doing so will increase the life of your doors and save you money.
2. Deep Clean at the First Sign of Rust
While you may change up the tools you use or the cleaning solutions you prefer, there are some basics to cleaning out sliding door tracks and eliminating rust build-up. One of the best ways to get a deep clean is to remove the door from the track, if possible. If you’re not comfortable doing this yourself, hire a professional to help you do it right. Grab the door by the sides, lift up, and pull it towards you. A screwdriver is helpful for removing it from the track.
If you can’t take the door off the tracks, then spray the tracks well with a store-bought lubricant spray that displaces water and provides a barrier to future rust build-up. Slide the door back and forth a few times to ensure the spray gets to all parts of the track. Get into the track as best you can with a small bristle tool and cleaning solution. Wipe away the excess solution and build-up, and then remove any excess dirt with a small vacuum. Give everything a final clean, and you should be good to go.
We can break down the cleaning process into a few easy steps:
- Remove the door (if possible)
- Thoroughly clean the track of any debris
- Scrub any rust with steel wool
- Deep clean the track again with a toothbrush
- Use a degreaser if necessary
- After being wiped clean of all rust, grime, etc., lubricate the tracks
- Add doors back in (if you removed them) and give them a few test slides to ensure they are working smoothly
3. Have Your Doors Professionally Installed to Avoid Problems
Having a quality sliding door professionally installed will eliminate the need for dealing with rust build-up over time. It is quite popular for people to undertake DIY projects for home improvement. However, when it comes to sliding glass doors, you want a professional. The doors are a barrier to the outside elements, and if installed incorrectly, they will allow moisture, water, wind, or dust to seep around the frame and seal. This leads to a build-up of rust, mold, grime, or a combination of the three. If the shoddy installation also involved the poor application of grease in the tracks so the doors can slide easily, then your problems are further compounded.
Naturally, preventative maintenance is always recommended, but the best cleaning and maintenance cannot correct for poor installation and the effects of wind, rain, sun, and snow. That is why Master Seal is the best option for all your sliding door needs in the Baltimore area, including Prince George’s County, Harford County, Baltimore County, Howard County, and Montgomery County.
Contact Master Seal to Learn More About Sliding Doors
At Master Seal, we feature sliding glass patio doors that include triple weatherstripping and high-quality insulation. Improve the interior comfort of your home with energy-efficient doors that keep the warmth or cool air in and provide a sound barrier to outside noise. Our reinforced galvanized steel panels add to the stability and rigidity of Master Seal sliding glass doors. Smooth, easy, and quiet operation is guaranteed with the exclusive patented sliding system. We are committed to providing our clients with a quality product at a fair price and professionally installed.
Master Seal offers sliding doors, awnings, windows, security gates, and more. Give us a call at 855.608.1580 today to see how we can help you with your home improvement needs.