How To Spring Clean Your Doors

Making your home shine this spring is simple with our easy to follow hints and tips.

As we approach the end of February, we start to turn towards the next season on our calendars – spring! With all the recent cold weather, more of us have likely spent more time indoors than we would like. Storm after storm really is a far cry from the summer fun we are longing for. If it’s not snowing it’s raining, and if it’s not raining it’s windy. All three in one day? Ah, British winters.

We can still look ahead to more productive times though, and with spring on the horizon, there’s never been a better time to get a head-start on your cleaning than now. (We might as well when we’re all cooped up!) Starting with the doorways will make the rest of your home feel like a breeze, and with a little bit of inspiration and our help, you’ll be sure to get through the task in no time.

Keep it Simple

You may be wondering just how much money you will have to spend over the course of your doors’ lives to continue looking as great as the day you bought them. There has to be an endless supply of specialised cleaning solutions you need for them, right?

Actually, the real surprise with your doors’ maintenance comes with the fact that all they truly need for most cleaning work is a little ordinary water, some dish soap, and a clean cloth. Nothing more, nothing less. The soapy water works wonders on most doors of various finishes.

The secret to a truly great-looking set of doors is to always use a new, clean cloth. Using a dirtied cloth will only spread more mess across the surface rather than remove it. Choose a multi-use, cleanable cloth for less environmental impact.

For Stubborn Stains and Lighter Wallets

Using detergent in your water when cleaning your doors should be all you need to get most of the dirt and grime from your doors, particularly those that are finished with a smooth coat of paint and/or varnish.

A great tip to keep in mind is one that we follow ourselves, and it keeps your costs way down too. Swapping your detergent with white vinegar is cheap, efficient, and arguably does a better job even than soaps.

This is thanks to the fact that the acid is able to eat through most dirt and grease with much more ease. Changing concentration levels can also help with some areas that need a little more help.

Top Tip

Always test out new cleaning solutions on smaller sections of your doors, especially on those that have been finished. Some cleaning solutions are not suitable for use on varnishes or wood oil. Apply to a small corner, wait for the solution to dry, and if there is no flaking, bubbling, staining, or other visible damages, feel free to use the solution as required. Never leave a door’s surface wet as this can promote the growth of bacteria within the wood itself.

Clean In One Direction

Often used as a tip for cleaning glass, the method of cleaning your doors and wiping them down in a single direction can apply to other materials too, including on your doors. This is especially important on PVC doors and any featured glass panels. (Surfaces with a high shine often need a little more care in the cleaning process and show up dust and dirt far more easily than others.)

You will notice that doors with paint or varnish will have been painted in one direction for a uniform colour and texture. Following these lines can be beneficial not only for hiding any streaks of dirt and grime left over while cleaning but also for ensuring that the dirt doesn’t get lost to any small grooves or indents left by the paint or varnish texture.

Solutions For Stubborn Marks

We’ve all been there – you have an otherwise perfectly finished door, it’s cleaned until it sparkles, and you see it: scratches. It could have been anyone. Maybe an accidental scrape of keys in the dark, a pet looking to leave for a walk, or the kids running by with plastic toys. Scratches and scuffs happen all over the house, but on doors they seem even more evident with just how often we come into contact with them.

A simple, effective way to get rid of most unsightly scuffs is to pick up furniture wax. These are specially made for wood material and can blend right in with the right colour of door. Again test only a small amount for the door you are going to be using it on to see if it reacts properly.

Deeper scratches will unfortunately need to be sanded down, repainted and varnished. Cracks can be covered up with wood filler, but other true structural damage will find your doors needing to be replaced rather than treated with a small fix.

Cleaning Non-Wood Doors

The great thing about investing in doors that don’t have a wood finish – such as PVC, metal or glass – is that their surfaces tend to be far easier to look after and retain their colour, unlike wood which is much more liable to discolour without the correct treatment. The same treatment for dirt applies here.

Pay more attention to areas that will collect the most dirt. On patterned doors these will be in the indented patterns in the frame and pay attention to the creases around glazed window panels. A solution of clean water and a new cloth is your best option. (Cheap and cheerful, and it works!)

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