Regular cleaning of your security door in Metro Detroit will not only improve its appearance but it will increase its lifespan. Here are some tips for cleaning and maintaining this important component and guardian of your home.
If you have been staying on top of regular cleaning, this makes your weekly task that much easier. Here’s what to do:
- Get a microfiber cloth or cleaning glove, dip it into a bucket of detergent (such as liquid dish soap or car wash detergent for long-term protection) mixed with water. Then, ring out and wipe down the door side to side, and down and up.
- Use another cloth or clean glove dipped in clean water and wipe the door down.
- Dry with a clean cloth.
If it’s been a while since you cleaned your door, follow these steps:
- Use a soft brush to remove loose dust, grit and dirt that could damage the surface.
- Fill a bucket of warm water and mild detergent and use a micro-fiber cloth to gently wipe the door side to side, down and up, on either side.
- Rinse out the cloth periodically to avoid transfer of dirt.
- Wipe the door down with a clean, wet cloth to rinse, being careful not to get water inside the locking mechanism.
- Repeat as needed.
- Dry with a clean micro-fiber cloth.
Routine maintenance is a good idea to engage in regularly. This will make your cleaning job that much easier, plus it will add to the aesthetics of your door.
- If you have a sliding door, check and replace rollers.
- Check and clean tracks.
- Lubricate door locks and hinges with a dry lubricant (i.e., graphite powder).
- Check that rivets and screws are secure.
Other Tips and Tricks
Use a damp cloth (not too wet) to clean metal hardware such as handles, hinges and covers, as well as wood skins. Don’t use harsh chemicals that can damage your door. Never use abrasive tools such as steel wool pads.
Regularly clean moving parts such as keys, cylinders, hinges, defenders, bolts, and door closers to ensure proper functioning. Debris buildup commonly causes malfunction so keep an eye out for dirt accumulation.
Lubricate hinges and locking bolts regularly if they start to stick. Clean lock cylinders and cylinder defenders, keeping them free from dust and dirt.
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