How to Clean Sliding Door Tracks

Staying on top of this task can help to prevent an expensive problem down the line.

Project Overview
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Estimated Cost: $15

The tracks of sliding doors require regular maintenance to ensure they remain free of dirt and debris that can build up and impede the door's mechanism over time. When left unchecked, poorly maintained sliding door tracks can lead to expensive repairs or worse, the need to replace the track or door entirely. To avoid this costly home repair, it's best to perform both routine cleaning and deep cleaning of sliding door tracks. 

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Before Getting Started

Before you begin cleaning the tracks of sliding doors, assess the area, noting how dirty the tracks are and any repairs or maintenance that need to be performed. Open the sliding door all the way and check the track for any dents, corrosion, leaks, misaligned wheels, loose or missing hardware, or broken locking mechanisms.

If the sliding door tracks are very dirty, follow the instructions provided to deep clean them.

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Broom
  • Vacuum
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Toothbrush
  • Drying rag


  • 1 Dish soap
  • 1 Silicone lubricant


How to Clean Sliding Door Tracks

  1. Sweep the Area

    Use a broom to sweep dirt and debris from the tracks and the area around the exterior of the sliding door.

  2. Vacuum the Tracks

    Using a standard vacuum fitted with a crevice or hose attachment, a shop vac, or a handheld vacuum, vacuum the tracks and the area on both sides of the stationary door to remove dirt and other particulates.

  3. Clean Sliding Door Tracks

    Wipe the tracks, including the area around the stationary door, using a damp microfiber cloth. If there is buildup that doesn't wipe easily away, apply a small amount of dish soap to the damp cloth, or use a toothbrush dipped in diluted dish soap to scour stubborn grime from the tracks.

  4. Rinse and Dry

    Once the tracks are clean, rinse them well to remove soap residue. Use a rag or an old towel to wipe water droplets off the tracks, then allow them to air dry completely.

  5. Lubricate Sliding Door Tracks

    Using a silicone lubricant designed for use on sliding door tracks, apply the recommended amount to the track and the wheels. Slide the door back and forth a few times, noting any places where it catches and spot checking for dirt that still needs to be removed, or for repairs that need to be made.

How Often to Clean Sliding Door Tracks

After you've completed the step-by-step for cleaning door tracks, plan to deep clean sliding door tracks at least every other month. Routine cleaning, including sweeping away debris from the tracks and vacuuming to remove dirt and other particulates, should be done weekly, and will delay the need for more time- and labor-intensive deep cleaning.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can you use WD-40 to lubricate sliding doors?

    Yes. After cleaning sliding door tracks, spray WD-40 only to the track, wheels, and rollers for doors that open and close smoothly.

  • How do you clean the glass on sliding doors?

    Clean glass sliding doors using a window cleaner and microfiber cloth to remove fingerprints, smudges, and residue.

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