Classes officially are over, summer vacation is in swing and the relaxation now can commence. While I plan to get in my fair share of activities, I also find relief in the little things I don’t take the time to do during the school year. On my list is un-sticking a sticky dresser drawer. It is one of those annoyances that does not take much effort to get through, but if left unattended, it will get worse and could even result in damaging the drawer and/or drawer handle. Luckily, the fix is easy and can be done in relatively little time.

First, assess the situation. Remove the drawer and check for loose parts, missing screws or splinters. Fix what you can by tightening anything loose, replacing screws or removing and sanding down splinters that might be blocking the glide.


If none of the above exists, then proceed to gather the necessary materials. You’ll need soap and water, a cloth, coarse sand paper and lubricant, such as WD-40, paraffin, beeswax or even a bar of soap.

Next, remove the drawer. Dampen the cloth with mild soap and water. Use it to clean the tracks, and wipe them dry when you’re done.

Look over the drawer. Keep an eye out for any shiny spots and sand them down. These spots may be the source of the stickiness.


Then, lubricate the frame. Apply your lubricant along the frame of the drawer and along the tracks.

Finally, place the drawer back in place and move it forward and back. It should glide smoothly now.

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