How to Clean a Wood Front DoorFront doors made from wood have been popular for generations because of their natural beauty and durability. Wooden exterior doors can be painted, stained, and varnished, but we have the ideal cleaning solution no matter what your door's finish. So knock off the dust and follow these steps for how to clean a wood front door and help it make a wonderful first impression.
- Mix two cups warm water with a teaspoon of distilled white vinegar and a few drops of dish soap
- Scrub the door in the direction of the wood grain using a soft sponge
- Use less pressure on painted wood doors but put some muscle into it for stained or varnished front doors
- Rinse and wring out the sponge to clean the sides, top, and bottom of the door
- Use a clean damp microfiber cloth to rinse off the soap and water residue
- Dry the door with a bath towel working from the top down
How to Clean a Painted Metal DoorMetal doors are usually made with steel and are an attractive choice for a front door because they are durable and require minimal maintenance. If you have a steel front door, the thick protective paint will help prevent scratches and nicks, but it will still need a good cleaning once in a while. Here's how to clean metal doors and get them looking new again.
- Start by filling a large bucket with hot water, a cup of white vinegar, and a few drops of liquid dish soap
- Place a rolled-up bath towel at the base of the door inside your home to prevent pooling
- Spray down the exterior face of the door with a hose
- Use a non-abrasive sponge to wash the door
- Remove dirt and debris from the door seals using an old toothbrush
- Rinse the soap and water away with your hose
- Dry the door with a microfiber cloth
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How to Clean a Fiberglass Front DoorFiberglass doors are eco-friendly and energy-efficient alternatives to traditional exterior doors and they don't require much work to keep a clean front door. Because of the fiberglass topcoat, your front door should be stain- and dirt-resistant, but it will still need some scrubbing. As with other exterior door finishes, learning how to clean a fiberglass door is simple and you can use safe, eco-friendly cleaners to match your door! Here's how to clean a front door made with fiberglass in a few easy steps.
- Mix a gallon of hot water and a cup of white vinegar in a bucket
- Use a lint-free, non-abrasive sponge to wash the door, including the sides, top, and bottom
- Use a soft nylon scrub brush to loosen stains and stubborn buildup
- Remove debris and dirt where the seals meet the door using a damp toothbrush
- Dampen a microfiber cloth and wipe off any residue
- Dry your door with a lint-free cloth