Keep your doors clean with our Door Cleaning Tips!!

1. Welcome to our Door Cleaning Tips Page.

Doors are that part of the house which is just meant to walk through.

However keep it closed and it becomes as much a part of the house like the floors, walls, etc.

Yes! Doors needs as much cleaning maintenance as any other part of the house. It may not look that dirty sometimes but take a close look and you will see all smudge marks (including children's finger prints if you have small kids) and the dirty water that accumulates and the cleaner fresher look of the door after a thorough cleaning may surprise you.

So without further ado let me give you our Door Cleaning Tips!

2. General Door Cleaning.

First of all gather all tools and materials necessary for the job. This would include:

  • Soft, absorbent cleaning rags.
  • Your favourite window cleaner.
  • Multi-purpose cleaner.
  • Soft, absorbent cleaning rags.
  • A Squeegee.
  • A Sponge.
  • Vacuum cleaner with nozzle attachment.
  • Small brush - whiskbroom.
  • A Scrub Brush.
  • Waterproof sliding track lubricant.
Wipe the top of the door frames to remove dust. Then using a rag, wipe all around the frame of the door. You may wipe the entire surface of a varnished wood door with oil soap using a soft rag. Wipe the door in the direction of the grain. Buff the door to remove excess soap and to dry the surface.

Use a sponge to apply an all-purpose cleaner to painted doors. Wipe it dry with a soft clean rag. Use the all-purpose cleaner on the door knobs or handle. Wipe well to remove dirt and then dry.

If your door has brass fixtures, use a good brass cleaner. Follow manufacturer's instructions. If your door has a glass inset or window, use a glass cleaner to make it sparkle. Do inside and out. Finish by spraying or wiping the door knob with a sanitizer (antibacterial product).

3. Cleaning of Painted Doors.

With a rag dipped in soapy water, wipe all around the edges of the door beginning at the top. Use a scrub brush dipped in your cleaning solution for especially tough spots. Sponge off the cleaning solution with clean warm water.

Wipe door dry using a soft, clean, highly absorbent towel.

4. Cleaning of Sliding Glass Doors.

  • Use the whiskbroom to get at the ends of the tracks where the sliding action of the door actually pushes and compacts the dirt. Dig that all out and then vacuum it up and go on to the door frame.

    Using the multi-purpose cleaner, spray the whole frame of the door, one section at a time.

    Rub to loosen soil and wipe it off as you go. Then clean the glass, inside and out.

    Going back to the tracks, spray a heavy coat of multi-purpose cleaner into the track and allow to set for a moment or two to let the dirt loosen. Travel an old toothbrush or the small brush and really get in the groove, running it up and down the track to dislodge dried up dirt.

    Wrap a cleaning rag around your fingers to get into the tight track and soak up the dirty solution and particles. You may have to stuff the rag into the track and run it back and forth a few times until it really looks clean.

    When you are satisfied, finish up with a quick spray of sliding track lubricant.

  • The outside of Sliding Glass Doors need special attention. After months of rain, the sun bakes the water spots onto the glass and it takes a huge amount of effort to remove the etch and get that glass really clean.

    First, you need to get a sponge that has the scrubber on one side. Using your favourite window cleaner solution apply the cleaner onto the scrubber and scrub the outside glass. After the surface feels smooth to the touch, rinse well. Hand dry, using a soft absorbent towel.

    Remember, it's better to choose a windless, cloudy day for this task because sunlight and warm breezes dries the solution too quickly and you'll end up with a lot of streaks.

  • Spot Cleaning. To remove any markings from grease, oil, tape adhesive, crayons or paint, apply a small amount of a nonabrasive cleanser such as Soft Scrub to a clean, wet cloth, or apply a solvent such as acetone or mineral spirits to a clean, dry cloth or towel and rub on the areas of glass that need spot-cleaning.

    Take care not to get any cleansers or solvents on the wood. Wipe clean using a dry, clean, lint-free towel or cloth. Then clean the glass as mentioned above.

  • Exterior aluminium Cladding. Clean the surface with warm, soapy water. Stubborn stains and deposits may be removed with mineral spirits.

    Do not use abrasives. Do not scrape or use tools that might damage the surface.

    If your cladding becomes dull, you can use a quality car cleaner and wax to restore the shine.

5. More Door Cleaning Tips for Sliding Glass Doors.

  • Do not use glass cleaners that are ammonia - or alcohol-based. They may leave streaks or produce a film that attracts moisture or dust.
  • If you use a squeegee, please make sure there aren't any metal edges as this will scratch the glass.
  • Clean glass with a mixture of mild dish soap and water. When finished, rinse complete with clear water and wipe dry with a soft cloth.
  • Never use any of the following products on any part of your door: Petroleum-based cleaners, caustic chemicals; razor blades, putty knifes or abrasive pads; high-pressure water hoses.
  • It's important to periodically lubricate the sliding door tracks and rollers about once a year. Twice a year in areas with high salt-air.
  • It's important to make sure your door seals evenly when closed. Regularly check your weather stripping to ensure your door is sealed air tight.
  • Occasionally vacuum the tracks on all sliding doors to clear any dirt or debris.

6. Updates are ongoing.

More information about Door Cleaning Tips will be given as we develop this site further. Please bear with us as we gather the relevant information.

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