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How to Clean Your Entry Doors

10oct02e5a14If you’re like many around the Minneapolis area, you’re doing your fall clean-up and maintenance list.  Part of that list should be cleaning your exterior doors.  Cleaning your entry doors may seem like a tedious task – one that once it’s done there always seem to be fingerprints left over anyway.  But still, when you clean it up and make it look like new, you’re able to add to the elegance and beauty of your home.  Having a great looking front door can boost the curb appeal while also adding to the protection of the home overall.  So when your exterior entry doors become dirty, you should take a few minutes to wipe them down and make them look their best. After all, you never know who could be coming to your door next!

Cleaning The Door Itself

  • For the door itself, first wash it down using a mild soap and water mixture. You will then want to rinse it using clean water and then wipe it down to dry it.
  • Make sure to keep the weather stripping inside the door free from any dirt and debris. You can wash it with the same solution as the door, rinse with clean water and then wipe it dry. Apply some furniture wax to it, then wipe it off so only a thin layer remains.
  • If there are scuff marks on a painted door, use a liquid cleanser to scrub them off. Make sure to rinse it off and then wipe it dry.
  • If the finish on the door is chipped or scratched, make sure to clean it as recommended by the manufacturer and then use a touch-up paint to repair it. You can get this from a hardware store or the door manufacturer.
  • If there is glass in your door, make sure to use a glass cleaner and clean as you would a window. Vinegar is also another cleaning solution that works well.

Don’t Forget to Clean the Door Hardware

  • Polish the hardware on the door using a nonabrasive auto or furniture wax. This will provide a finished, new look on your door, even if it is years old.
  • Make sure that all of the hinges and screws in the door are tightened securely.
  • Oil the hinges as needed, making sure to wipe off any extra oil.
  • Clean out the inside of the lock by using WD-40 – spray just a little inside it. Then wipe around the lock with a cloth. Test it out with your key, then wipe off the key when you’re done.

If your door needs more than a good cleaning, perhaps it is time to replace it. Here, at Window Outfitters, we are able to install wood, steel and fiberglass entry doors from Marvin, Pella, ProVia and Weather Shield. Make sure to get your door installed before the harsh winter hits. We are the number one Minneapolis area door company. Look at our Pinterest Page to find out what entry door styles we carry.

Window Outfitters Inc. is a licensed MN exterior home improvement contractor serving the entire Twin Cities metro area, including the Dakota County communities of Lakeville, Apple Valley, Burnsville, and Savage.


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