This guide begins with cleaning out the tracks of your sliding closet door. Additionally it provides instructions to realign the sliding closet door with the top and bottom tracks. Lastly, this guide offers a means of lubricating the tracks to promote smooth closet door sliding.

Investigate the cleanliness of the tracks.
  • Investigate the cleanliness of the tracks.

  • If the tracks are dirty, scrub them with toothbrush to clean out the dust.

  • You can use a rag or a hand vacuum to remove the loosened dust.

How do you clean tracks with vacuum or tooth brush

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I like the bolding of "clean out dust"

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Investigate whether the sliding door is along the top tracks.
  • Investigate whether the sliding door is along the top tracks.

  • If the door is completely unhooked from the top tracks:

    • Try to lift up on the door.

    • Slightly push the door in toward the closet.

    • Hook in the top rollers back onto the upper tracks.

Add caution to lifting - closet door could be potentially hazardous

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  • If the bottom rollers do not align, follow these steps:

    • CAUTION: The doors may be heavy. Ask somebody for assistance.

    • Do not force anything.

    • Gently try to lift up on the door and guide its bottom rollers into the bottom tracks.

    • If the door still needs to be realigned, continue to Step 4.

    • If the door is successfully realigned with the bottom tracks, continue to Step 6.

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  • Lift the top rollers up, then above and onto the top tracks.

  • This is what gives the door enough space to fit back into the bottom tracks.

  • If this doesn't work, see Step 5.

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  • Another sliding door behind may be creating a space constraint.

  • Grab the sliding door that is behind it.

  • Lift it up so that the rollers at the bottom disconnect with the track.

  • Keep the top rollers connected.

  • Put down the door so that the bottom rollers are behind the track, closer to the closet.

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  • Grab the door in front.

  • Attach it to both the top and bottom tracks.

  • Grab the door behind and do the same.

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  • The doors should be located properly on their tracks.

  • Try to slide the doors along the tracks.

  • If they don't slide well, you may need to lubricate the tracks:

    • Grab a lubricant: olive oil, fish oil, mineral oil, or petroleum jelly.

    • Apply a small amount of the lubricant to the edge of the rag.

    • Fit the edge of the rag into the tracks.

    • Spread the rag throughout the tracks to spread the lubricant.

    • Slide the closet door along the tracks to spread the lubricant further.

Lubrication isn't the same as misaligned tracks, perhaps your fix should be how to fix a difficult opening closet door

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Thank you for considering this guide. To maintain properly working sliding closet doors, periodically clean and lubricate the tracks as described in this guide.

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Bonjour :)

Je suis très contente de vos explications accompagnées de photos !

Elles vont m'être très utiles pour, enfin, remettre en état mon placard coulissant ;)

Merci beaucoup ! Vous êtes géniale !


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