Three Essential Upkeep Tips for Your Aluminium Sliding Doors

Three Essential Upkeep Tips for Your Aluminium Sliding Doors

6 March 2018
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Aluminium doors are ideal for home use because of their appeal. The sleek, clean appearance will blend in with modern homes, creating a beautiful, contemporary look. Sliding doors are also perfect if you are looking to develop an indoor-outdoor living design. When these doors are opened, there will be a seamless transition between your indoor and outdoor space. You should also note that aluminium doors are strong and durable, and their service life is quite long. However, you should note that negligence will accelerate the wear of the doors. If you are interested in prolonging the life of your aluminium sliding doors, you should utilise these upkeep tips.

Maintain the Tracks

The tracks on which the sliding doors operate tend to accumulate dirt over time. The build-up of debris, grime and dust can make the operation of the doors difficult. Moreover, if there are abrasive particles in the channels, they could damage the door. Therefore, you should make time for maintaining the tracks. You should clear out the accumulated debris from the furrows using a stiff-bristled brush. Alternatively, you can use your vacuum and a nozzle attachment to achieve the same results. After removing the dust, you should wipe the track and apply some silicone-based lubricant. This process will keep the door running smoothly and minimise the risk of corrosion.

Clean the Frames 

You should clean the aluminium frames as part of your regular home maintenance processes. Proper cleaning will ensure the preservation of the sliding doors appeal and promote structural durability. You should use water, soap and a sponge for general clean-up. If you are living in a marine region, you might need to clean frequently to prevent accumulation of potentially harmful deposits. If there are stubborn stains on your powder-coated frames,  use a paraffin-based cleaner. You must avoid chlorine products and abrasive materials. If the frames are anodised, you can use an ink rubber to eliminate unusual markings. If mildew grows on your framing, look for an aluminium compatible cleanser; avoid homemade cleaning solutions. 

Lubricate the Locks

Finally, you should ensure that the locks installed for your aluminium sliding doors are in top condition for the safety and convenience of your family. If the locking mechanism gets stuck or the components corrode prematurely, you will have to pay for costly repairs. Therefore, you should clean the general locking structure and lubricate the internal parts. For the best results, apply some light lubricant on the key and push it into the lock a couple of times. 

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Fredrick's Door Advice Blog

Hello! My name is Fred and this is my blog which will help you to understand how to install, maintain and remove the doors from your home. When I moved into an old house, I decided to remove the old doors so they could be repaired or replaced with new ones. However, I didn't have a lot of knowledge about how to do this. I contacted a local door contractor. The contractor came to my home and carried out some work. While he worked, I chatted with him and he gave me lots of great advice. I hope you find this blog useful.