How to Keep Your Doors Clean

We’ve got all the cleaning tricks you need to make your doors dazzle this spring, from your front entrance to your pantry to your shower doors.

Front Entrance

Your front door is probably the dirtiest in your house, but it’s also the most vital to keep clean because it’s the first thing visitors notice when they visit.

To get started, follow these steps:

Dust the internal doors gently to remove any loose dust or grime. This can be done using a soft rag, a duster, or a vacuum with a nozzle attachment.
Scrub the door lightly with a soft sponge or cloth after mixing equal parts water with gentle dish soap or vinegar. If the door is made of wood, make sure you wipe it in the grain direction.

Using a heavy-duty paper towel or a dry cloth, pat dry.

Use a commercial cleaner to clean your door fixtures. 12 cups vinegar plus 2 teaspoons salt can be used to clean brass door handles. Apply the mixture with a sponge to the fixture and let it sit for 15 minutes before cleaning it away with a cloth.

If your front door is made of stained wood, you can apply furniture wax or shine to make it particularly lustrous. When you’re finished, make sure to wipe away all of the polish.

If your front door is painted, dilute the soap mixture with more water so that the color does not come out during the washing process.

If your front entrance contains glass highlights, clean them with a solution of water and vinegar and dry with a squeegee or a cloth.

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Doors made of glass

You can readily tell whether your glass doors are dusty if you have them in your home.

You’ll need to do the following to clean these doors:

Step 1: Clean your doors by dusting them and removing any loose dirt.

Step 2: To remove debris, spray the glass with your preferred cleaning solution and scrape it with a sponge. 1 teaspoon liquid detergent, 6 tablespoons white vinegar, and 4 cups water can also be used to manufacture your own glass cleaner. If the door isn’t very dirty, instead of using a sponge, wipe both sides of the glass with paper towels.

Step 3: Dry the glass with a towel in a circular motion or a squeegee to remove the water and avoid leaving water streaks.

Doors for the Interior

Cleaning your interior doors, especially the ones you use the most, such as your pantry or bedroom doors, may appear difficult, but it’s actually fairly simple.

Use a duster, soft cloth, or a vacuum with a nozzle attachment to dust the top edge of the door frame.

Clean the frame around the door with a rag and a spot cleaner to remove smudges and fingerprints. You can alternatively do this by gently cleaning the frame with a sponge after mixing a bucket of warm water with soap. Using a soft cloth, dry the frame.

Wipe the door with warm, soapy water from top to bottom, including the narrow inside borders, and dry completely with a soft rag.
Using a rag and a spray cleaner, clean the door handles. If your door has brass fixtures, you can purchase a brass cleaner or prepare your own with 12 cups vinegar and 2 tablespoons salt.

Consider using a solution like Murphy’s Oil Soap on varnished wood interior doors. Wipe down the door’s surface in the direction of the grain, then wipe with a towel to remove any excess cleanser. Your doors will appear gleaming and new as a result of this.

Doors that are primed

If your inside doors are painted, wipe them off with a mixture of warm water and soap or an all-purpose cleaner from top to bottom. To ensure that you don’t destroy any paint, clean a small area before wiping the entire door.

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