How to Clean and Care for your Doors

Once you have had your brand new entrance or patio doors installed, you may be wondering the best ways to look after and clean your doors. Depending on the material your new doors are made from will depend on the products you can use and how often they will need to be cleaned and cared for.

We’ve broken down our tips by door type to make finding the best ways to look after your doors quick and simple.

How to clean uPVC doors

uPVC door are considered the lowest maintenance and are very easy to keep clean. As your uPVC doors are exposed to the elements of the Great British weather they will become dirty and need to be cleaned. 

For general cleaning, a soft cloth with warm water, soap or washing up liquid will be more than enough to get your door looking good as new. If you have any tough stains on your door, use a uPVC cream cleaner to gently lift any tough stains. We don’t recommend using any other cleaning agents, abrasive cleaner or ammonia-based cleaning products as these can damage your door. 

If you live near the coast or in a busy town or city try and clean your doors every 3 months, those of you in rural areas will only need to clean your uPVC doors twice a year.

How to care for Timber doors

Timber doors require a little more maintenance than their uPVC counterparts! We recommend you inspect the surface coating annually and if required you should re-coat the wood with micro-porous paint or stain. 

After following the cleaning steps below, remove all dust and dirt with a wet cloth, leave to dry and then apply with micro-porous finish with a brush taking care not to get the finish on door seals. As always, ensure you follow the instructions on your chosen tin.

How to clean Timber doors

As with uPVC doors, cleaning your timber door with a soft cloth, warm water and soap. This should be more than enough for general cleaning, for any grease marks use washing-up liquid with no water then rinse with clean water. Please don’t use kitchen, bathroom or glass cleaner on your timber door as these can all damage the wood.

If you have any chips or scratches on your door we recommend re-sealing or re-painting as soon as possible to prevent further damage. If necessary use a timber filler to repair the damage before repaying your chosen finish.

How to care for door locks and hinges 

If the locks on your doors feel a little stiff, lubricate them with a small amount of light machine oil. Try and avoid using other oil, grease or WD40 as anything too strong may damage the door. The same goes for any hinges that are squeaky or sticking, use a light machine oil to prevent any damage to your door.

If cleaning your door doesn’t have the desired effect and your door needs to be replaced, please get in touch with our team and we will be happy to discuss the best options for your home.

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