Dirt, dust and old lubricant (or lack of it) can make drawers hard to open and shut. Cleaning gummed-up guides will help; so does the right lubricant.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:June 2001
Remove a kitchen drawer by pulling it
fully out of the cabinet, lifting the front
edge, and uncoupling the left and
right drawer rollers from the cabinet-mounted
Wipe old lubricant and dust from all drawer and cabinet rollers
and guides. Squirt new lubricant into all four roller assemblies.
Wipe excess lubricant off with a rag and reinstall the kitchen
drawers by reversing the steps in Photo 1.
rubbing a hard-wax
candle (or paraffin
block) along both
drawer bottom edges
and the center guide.
Instead of fighting sticking drawers, take
about two minutes per drawer to clean and
lubricate them so they'll glide in and out with
the touch of a finger.
For drawers fitted with rollers and guides
(Photos 1 and 2), wipe them clean and spray
the rollers with a drying-type silicone lubricant that doesn't attract
dust. Look for the type that can be sprayed on plastic and rubber as well as metal.
Most dresser drawers don't have rollers and
guides. To renew their smooth action, use a
rag to clean out old dust and wax. Then rub
hard wax (candle or paraffin) along the
drawer edges and center guide.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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