Be it for the beautiful outside view, or as a safety precaution – we all want our sliding doors and windows to function smoothly. Let’s understand why they sometimes get blocked or are hard to slide.

Although there are railings both at the top and the bottom of the sliding door/window, the bottom usually does the heavy lifting. That’s where the dust and muck get accumulated. Over time, rust slowly builds up, and the whole situation gets worse. But how do you fix a jammed sliding door/window?

Inspect the frame

Blocked sliding door/window? Here’s what you need to do.

Sometimes, segments in the frame come loose, which might contribute to the window/door getting jammed in its place. But mostly, it’s the rust and rubble that cause the issue. As long as the structure of the sliding window/door isn’t broken or physically damaged in any way, you can surely fix the problem at home. 

Have the right tools

Blocked sliding door/window? Here’s what you need to do.

For cleaning up a blocked sliding door/window effectively and quickly, you will need:

  • An old toothbrush
  • A toothpick
  • A paper towel 
  • WD-40
  • A dry cloth

Deep clean the railings

Blocked sliding door/window? Here’s what you need to do.

The best way to deal with the rust and rubble in the railing is to get rid of it. Here’s how:

Step 1
Scrape off grit and rubble with the toothbrush. Make sure you work your way from the edges to the corners carefully.

Step 2
Vacuum or pick up the dirt with a paper towel. It will seem disgusting at first, given its appearance. But know that it’s definitely worth cleaning up. 

Step 3
Spray WD-40 along the railing of the blocked sliding, as well as inside the grooves from both the sides. Sliding the panels back and forth will help the cleaning agent to get under the muck.

Step 4
The WD-40 cleaning agent would have begun breaking down rust and loosening the stubborn grit and muck inside the railing. Use a toothbrush and even a toothpick if needed, to scrape out muck from the hard-to-reach segments. Wipe it all with a dry cloth.

Step 5
Spray another coat of WD-40 all over and inside the railing. Slide the panels back and forth a few times, and you should have a smooth sliding window/door by now. 

The maintenance

A lot of people wash their sliding windows with normal detergent and water, without quickly drying it out. Because of this, there’s moisture retention and rust formation. To make the windows slide smoother, baby oil is also recommended by a lot of people. But it isn’t as effective. On the contrary, it attracts more dirt. This is why using a cleaning agent like WD-40 is always recommended. It not only deals with the rust, dirt, and grime but also adds a protective layer to help maintain the smoothness of the sliding window/door.