Doors are one of the most important elements in any house. They provide security and are often the first impression a visitor has of your home. Keeping your doors cleaned and maintained properly are very important.
It is recommended that you clean the exterior doors at least twice a year on both sides. If you live in a coastal area or some place with high humidity, then you should check the doors monthly, due to the high salt and moisture content in the air.
• If you have a steel or fiberglass door, you can clean with a mixture of dish soap and vinegar.
• If you have a wrought iron storm door, you can clean it with water and oil soap.
• Make sure that while cleaning the door you use a microfiber or dust free non abrasive cloth. If there is grime on the door, you can opt for a brush with soft bristles
• Work on one area at a time.
• Make sure that you use very little water to clean a wooden door.
• Use a glass cleaner or vinegar and water to clean the glass panels and then clean with paper to get a streak free finish.
• If you have grease marks on the door, you can remove it with a mixture of water and baking soda.
Examining your doors
One important part of maintaining the door is that you examine it monthly to look for signs of damage. Regular inspection means that you will see the issues sooner and will be able to fix them in no time. Here are some of the things that you need to look for when examining the doors:
• Cracks in the body of the door or in the glass panels.
• Chipped paint and finishing because if that is the case, you may want to freshen the look of the door.
• Fog between the glass panels because that suggests a broken seal.
• Moisture on the frame because it can damage wooden doors.
• Damaged weather stripping that has gaps, discoloration, and or cracks.
• Missing pieces.
• Damaged foam wedge.
Simple cleaning and maintenance techniques could extend the life of your day and keep your curb appeal for as long as you are in your home.