Once you have had your new storage solution fitted in your bedroom or dressing room, sliding wardrobes are unbelievably easy to clean and maintain, and it is recommended that you carry out just a few simple steps every few months to keep your wardrobe in great working order and spotlessly clean.
It is especially important to ensure the track that keeps your wardrobe doors sliding is in excellent condition to prevent the expense of track replacement. Tracks on sliding wardrobes can become easily clogged by dust and pet hair so when vacuuming your bedroom, don’t forget to pay some attention to inside your wardrobe too!
Regular vacuuming ensures that doors continue to move easily and glide as smoothly as the day they were fitted, courtesy of a sliding wardrobes London company. Over time these tracks inevitably become worn, especially if you are in and out of your wardrobe as much as I am! Both the tracks and rollers of sliding doors will require lubrication from time-to-time; opt for a silicone based lubricant (available from the majority of good DIY stores). Petroleum based lubricants or WD40 should not be used as these products actually draw in dust and dirt over time spelling disaster for the mechanisms of sliding wardrobes.
Pay attention to the door fronts in your quest for perfection, especially if you have opted for glass or mirrored finishes. A regular window cleaner can be applied with kitchen roll or a clean cloth to keep your door front sparkling and streak-free. Never use acid or powder based cleaners, instead opt for non-abrasive products that clean glass and mirrors gently yet thoroughly.
Microfiber cloths are also a worthy investment and can be dampened and used to wipe down sliding wardrobes without the need for additional cleaning solutions. Wood door fronts, regardless of whether they’re solid or wood effect, also need regular cleaning; use a polish or damp cloth to wipe away the dirt, dust and pet hair that accumulates naturally over time.
When it comes to maintaining the high gloss finished units that are extremely popular, avoid using furniture polish at all costs. Instead use a soft, damp cloth followed by a dry towel to produce a streak-free shine. Also, never use abrasive cleaning products, harsh sponges or steam cleaning devices to clean high gloss doors and end panels. High gloss vinyl surfaces are particularly vulnerable to scratches so handle with care when completing cleaning and maintenance work. The same applies to specialty finishes such as fur, leatherette and aluminium.
The way in which you operate the sliding doors and end panels of these wardrobes also ensures they stand the test of time. Try to take care when opening and closing doors, and always check for and avoid hitting obstructions like shelving, coving, skirting and radiators. Beware of regular wear and tear caused by softer obstructions too, runners and raised carpets can cause problems and incur additional damage over time. Avoid slamming the doors as well – this can cause dislodging of the track, cracks in the door fronts (which is particularly dangerous if you have a glass or mirrored finish) and damage to end panels.
With a bit of tender loving care, your sliding wardrobe can look as good as new every day and sustain that stylish and chic look you desire in your bedroom.