When it comes to cleaning your home, you need to pay close attention to places with high traffic volume. Apart from your floor, your doors are about the busiest places touched by different hands daily.

This leaves specks of dirt and germs on them more than in other places in your home. Hence, to keep your doors clean and free from germs, you need to understand deep cleaning and how best to apply it to your doors. Cleaning your doors is important to keep your home looking great and keep your family safe from germs.

Therefore in this post, our door installation experts at Window World Twin Cities will explain the best tips for deep cleaning your door regardless of your door type.

What Cleaning Products Are Best for Doors?

When picking the right cleaning products for doors, you’ll need to consider the type of door you have. Different materials call for different cleaners.

For example, painted doors need gentle cleaners that won’t strip or ruin the paint. For French doors or sliding doors with window components, you need to use a glass cleaner for part of the door.

In general, however, you should stick with gentle but effective products. While you could look into specific cleaning products meant for doors, you don’t really need to spend extra money. Instead, you can go with cleaning products you likely have around, including:

●        White vinegar

●        A gentle dish soap

●        Glass cleaner

●        Warm water

●        Microfiber towels

●        Paper towels

While you may occasionally need to disinfect parts of your door, try to do so sparingly. Using too many harsh products, such as bleach, could impact the materials.

Whether you have French sliding doors, painter doors, wooden doors, or any other kind of door, let’s look at some specific cleaning tips for each kind.

Deep Cleaning Tips for Painted Doors

If you have a painted door, avoid anything that will tamper with the paint. Follow the steps below for a painted door deep cleaning.

1.      Remove the surface dust with a dry rag or blower.

2.      Pour a good quantity of warm water into a clean bucket and add mild dishwashing soap. Rinse until the water gets foamy.

3.      Dip a soft wooly rag into the water and gently clean the door surface.

4.      Dry the wet door with a clean rag until it dries completely.

Deep Cleaning Tips for Fiberglass Doors

Fiberglass doors are relatively simple to clean, but you must ensure you use the right materials and cleaners.

To deep clean your fiberglass doors, you should follow these steps:

1.      Wipe dust and other dirt away from your fiberglass door with a dry rag.

2.      Mix a good quantity of white vinegar with warm water and stir.

3.      Dip a soft rag into the warm water containing the vinegar, and then clean the surface of your fiberglass door with it. Ensure that you get the deep sides where dirt gets trapped.

4.      Use plain water with a mixture of quality essential oil to clean up the door and leave it to dry.

Deep Cleaning Tips for Wooden Doors

Wooden doors look beautiful, but you will need to care for them carefully to keep them in good condition.

For a wooden door, the steps below will guide you.

1.      Shake and dry the door with a dry fiber material to remove dust from the surfaces and contours.

2.      Put a mild soap and soft cloth in water and scrub the door thoroughly from top to bottom. Do not neglect deeply carved areas.

3.      Use a dry towel to dry the wet door. Ensure that it’s thoroughly dry to avoid trapping dust immediately.

4.      Spray a liquid wood polish on a clean rag and rub the polish on the wood.

Deep Cleaning Tips for Steel Doors

While some doors require many steps to clean, steel is relatively simple and less likely to damage. You can also clean it more often to keep the door looking great.

Whenever you notice your steel door looking dirty, just scrub off the dirt on your steel doors with warm water and a soft rag.

Avoid using a material that could cause a scratch on the door surface. Also, ensure that you dry the door after cleaning to avoid easy stains.

Deep Cleaning & Maintaining Patio Doors

When cleaning patio doors, you want to ensure you address the frame and the glass. Doors with glass components require some extra attention and care because glass can easily streak or scratch. Therefore, you want to use the right materials for the various parts of the door.

Here are the steps for cleaning your patio doors:

1.      Start by clearing out the door tracks to remove debris.

2.      Then, lubricate the sliding rails using an approved lubricant for doors.

3.      You can then wipe down the parts of the door that aren’t the window. Use a gentle cleaner or dish soap.

4.      Finally, use paper towels and a glass cleaner on the window portion.

Check out this blog for more information about maintaining your patio doors.

Contact Your Twin Cities Window & Door Experts Today!

A deep clean might not be enough if your doors are worn out and warped. In this case, all the cleaning in the world won’t fix the problem. Instead, you may need to replace your doors.

Contact Window World Twin Cities for the best door, window, and siding installation in Minneapolis and St. Paul!

Get started today by scheduling an appointment with our experts using our contact form, or reach us directly at 651-770-5570.

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