How to Pop a Sliding Glass Door Back In

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A sliding door may slip its tracks.
A sliding door may slip its tracks. (Image: Row of glass doors image by Lucid_Exposure from Fotolia.com)

Sliding glass doors are a wonderful feature in any home. They save space, allow for light and open and close with ease. Sometimes, however, sliding doors can pop off of their tracks, which can be frustrating to homeowners. This happens for a few reasons, but none of them are cause for alarm. You can easily pop a sliding glass door back into its tracks and just as easily prevent it from coming out again.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand vac or vacuum with handheld nozzle
  • All-purpose spray cleaner
  • Cloth or paper towels

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Take the sliding glass door completely off of the tracks and set it aside.

Vacuum the tracks with a hand vac or the small nozzle of a vacuum cleaner. Dirt and debris clogging the tracks are the main reasons that sliding doors get stuck and come off of their tracks. Vacuum the tracks thoroughly, picking up any dirt, dust, hair or other debris.

Spray the tracks with an all-purpose cleanser and wipe gently with a cloth or paper towel. Once the tracks are clean and free of dust and hair, you are ready to put the sliding glass door back in place.

Lift the sliding glass door up and set the bottom edge of it into the bottom track.

Tilt the door upward, bracing it with your body, and press it into the top track. If there is a head stop or latch at the top, make sure that you attach it before leaving the door unattended.

Slide the door back and forth on the tracks until you are sure it is secure.

Tips & Warnings

  • Take special care to clean the tracks of your sliding glass door every time that you clean the room. Regular maintenance will prevent the door from sticking or popping out. Applying a greasing agent or lubricant such as WD-40 to the tracks can also help the door glide more smoothly.

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