Loosening a sticky roller or guide
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Photo 1: Pull the drawer out
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
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Photo 2: Wipe and lubricate
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.
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Photo 3: Wax wooden drawers
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.