Just like most areas of your home, your frameless glass shower door may need a little TLC every now and then. If you’ve noticed your shower door isn’t sliding as smoothly as it used to, there are several solutions. Some sliding shower doors can be fixed with simple but effective do-it-yourself approaches, while others may need the expertise of a professional. Keep reading for possible solutions to frequent problems with sliding glass shower doors.


Regular Cleaning

  • Begin by cleaning the tracks and rollers of your shower door regularly. Use a mild detergent or vinegar solution to remove soap scum, mineral deposits, and any other debris that may accumulate over time.
  • A toothbrush or soft-bristled brush can be useful for scrubbing hard-to-reach areas and corners of the tracks.
  • Rinse the tracks thoroughly with water after cleaning to ensure all residues are removed.



  • Apply a silicone-based lubricant to the tracks and rollers of the shower door to reduce friction and promote smooth movement.
  • Avoid using oil-based lubricants as they can attract dust and debris, which may further contribute to the buildup of grime.


Check for Alignment

  • Inspect the alignment of the shower door regularly. Misaligned doors can put additional strain on the rollers, causing them to wear out faster.
  • Adjust the door alignment if necessary by tightening or loosening the screws on the hinges or brackets.


Replace Worn-Out Parts

  • Over time, the rollers, tracks, and other components of the shower door may wear out or become damaged.
  • Replace any worn-out or damaged parts promptly to ensure smooth operation.
  • Consider upgrading to high-quality rollers or tracks if you frequently experience issues with your shower door sliding smoothly.
  • Keep in mind, it may be more cost effective to call in a professional to help!


Remove Rust and Corrosion

  • If you notice any signs of rust or corrosion on the tracks or rollers, remove them using a rust remover or a mixture of baking soda and vinegar.
  • Once the rust is removed, clean and dry the affected areas thoroughly before applying a rust-inhibiting primer or paint to prevent future corrosion.


Keep the Tracks Clear

  • Ensure that the tracks of the shower door remain clear of any obstructions like hair, debris, sand, or bottle caps from toiletries.
  • Regularly remove any items that may accidentally fall or accumulate in the tracks to prevent interference with the door’s movement.


Avoid Slamming

  • Encourage gentle handling of the shower door to prevent slamming, which can damage the rollers and tracks over time.
  • Teach household members, especially children, to close the door gently to preserve its longevity.


By following these simple yet effective maintenance tips, you can ensure that your shower door continues to slide smoothly and effortlessly. Regular cleaning, lubrication, proper alignment, and prompt replacement of worn-out parts are key to prolonging the life of your shower door and maintaining the functionality and aesthetics of your bathroom space. With a little care and attention, you can enjoy the convenience and comfort of a smoothly gliding shower door for years to come. If you’ve tried these DIY steps to fix a shower door but nothing seems to work, that may be your sign it’s time for a new bath or shower enclosure! 


Frameless By Design can help replace or update your old shower doors with custom shower and bath enclosures. We design all glass doors using state of the art CAD software, allowing us to avoid outsourcing to third party vendors. Our company only sources glass and hardware from founders and leaders in the industry. We use top of the line materials, made in the USA, to ensure your glass enclosures are built to last. We use HD hinges standard on all of our custom glass doors – up to 36”, this above the traditional standard of 28”. Each design comes with a 5 year parts and labor warranty, and we strive to complete each project within a 3 week timeframe, so you can start enjoying your newly installed bathroom glass as soon as possible.


We have shower and tub glass configurations for any size bathroom, but we also offer custom designs. You can also choose semi-frameless sliders with your choice of assortment of finishes and fixtures! With over 25 years experience, we here at Frameless By Design have the skillset, knowledge, and pride to achieve your desired vision. Whether you need help choosing your custom shower or you already have in mind what you’re looking for—we will guide you in making the best decisions that will not only leave your guests speechless, but to ensure that it’s long lasting! Contact us for a free consultation. We proudly serve northwest Florida and many counties in Georgia!