Doors – How do you clean doors? And do you clean metal doors the same way you clean 6-panel doors?
Watch Angela Brown cleaning doors and then you can do it yourself. There are only 5 tools you need. The OXO deep clean brush, Greased Lightning, a terry cloth, a Magic Eraser, and a Swiffer Duster.
The wood panel doors with the detail groove are easy to clean including removing scuff marks on doors.
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How to Clean Doors
How do you clean doors?
We’re going to talk about that today. And you’re thinking to yourself, why is cleaning doors such a big deal? I can clean doors. Did you know that the average home has 16 to 20 interior doors in their homes? It’s true.
How Many Doors Do You Have?
Go count the doors in your home. We are talking about the bathroom, bedroom, closet. They are usually six-panel and hollow. How many do you have?
Some Doors Are Different
Now every home has two metal doors that are unlike all the others. One goes from the garage to the kitchen or mudroom. The other is the front door of your house. Now on the back door, in the kitchen, there’s usually a sliding glass door or a door that opens with glass panels in it.
So, the exit and entry doors are unlike all the other doors in your house. But all the interior doors are the six-panel doors and they’re pretty standard in most homes.
This Is How We clean Those Doors
So how do you clean them? Well, the good news is, that because they are vertical surfaces, a lot of the dust just falls off. We don’t have to clean them often.
Now once they’re clean, you can just maintain them with a Swiffer Duster. So, this will be our work smart, not a hard tool and you can do this at every regular maintenance clean.
If you’re an Airbnb doing the turnover service, or a house cleaner, wipe it down as you pass. So, just a quick wipe down once it’s clean.
Clean has a different meaning for families with pets and kid stains or fingerprints. From the doorknob down or about two feet above the doorknob, there are a lot of fingerprints and gunk. That’s where people open the door. Instead of holding on to just the doorknob, they hold on to the door itself. They’re either pushing the door closed or they’re opening the door. Sometimes they put their hand on it to push it forward, lots of fingerprints.
There Are a Couple of Ways To Clean Fingerprints Off Doors
So, if there are fingerprints, there are a couple of ways we can clean that. We can either do it with a Magic Eraser or we can do it with something like Greased Lightning.
Now a degreaser is going to work. This is great if you cook bacon grease in your house or there’s a smoker in the house. Those things can create a thick film of tar or grease that settles in the little grooves of the wood panels. So, use a degreaser. If it’s not that dirty and you don’t have that kind of grease, your regular all-purpose cleaner works.
Step By Step Instructions For Cleaning Doors
So, as you approach the panels, spray in the corners because that’s where the gunk is. It settles in the corners.
Then you’ll use your OXO deep cleaning brush. You’ll just dig the little corners out. This is a pointy one, so it brushes right in the corners. Then, just take a white terry cloth and wipe it down and you’re done.
Cleaning The Bottom of The Doors
Now with the Magic Eraser, you can clean the bottoms of the doors. This is true for a lot of the doors in my house. A lot of times my arms are full of groceries or cleaning supplies or things that I’m carrying. I kind of nudge the door with my tennis shoe, so it leaves a little black mark at the bottom of the door. I hate that it happens, but it does. It does in a lot of your homes too.
So, the Magic Eraser is great for that. You need it wet because the Magic Eraser is a fine sandpaper and we don’t want to scrape the door. But we do want to scrape off those black marks. The Magic Eraser does wonders and it also is great for the fingerprints around the doorknob. So, if it’s wet you can use that or you can use your spray and a cloth.
As a Rule, Deep Clean the Doors Twice a Year
But the rule is this. I would suggest doing this on a deep clean day. Those days usually happen about twice a year. It’s also a great way to make old doors look new again. Clean all the doors in your house on both sides. So, if you have 26 doors in your house, you’re talking a bunch of panels because you have both sides of those 26 doors. That’s going to take you a few minutes. But, once it’s done, it’s just maintenance.
I have good news for you. During your daily cleaning or bi-weekly cleaning, have a wet magic eraser. That way, as you’re doing your final wipe down, just grab those fingerprints.
Grab the few little marks along the jams and around the doorknobs. Check the baseboards at the same time, if you have it in your hand. It will remove that on the baseboards at the same time. Then, you’re good to go.
Cleaning Doors Is Easy
Having the right tools makes for easy work. There are so many little grooves in the door it will catch the dust if you don’t maintain it. So, the secret is maintenance. As I said, it’s easy to do. So, once it’s clean, on the deep clean, you’re just going to dust it down every couple of weeks and you’re good.
All right, I hope that helps a little bit. If it does, please pass this on to a friend and until we meet again, leave the world a cleaner place than when you found it.
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