How to clean panel entry doors
How to Clean Panel Entry Doors
Typically, panel entry doors are easier to clean than other door types. Several door manufacturers make your job easier by using a finish that can be easily wiped and doesn't hold stains.
Also, the very nature of the flat surfaces of panel entry doors means fewer places for dirt and oil to hide. However, they still get dirty, so be sure to have a few things ready:
- Multi-purpose cleaner
- Wood cleaner for wooden doors
- Glass cleaner for windows
- Cleaning clothes/rags
- Small broom and dustpan
- Small vacuum with attachment
- Old toothbrush
First, open the door so you can wipe the edges of the door, starting with the top and working your way down. Use a rag with the multi-purpose cleaner, or a wood cleaner for wood surfaces. Once this is done, use the broom on the bottom of the doorway and then the vacuum if there still are bits that are too stubborn to be swept away.
Use the same rag to wipe down the inside of the frame, again, starting at the top. If you encounter smudges that put up a fight, try the toothbrush. It may give you just enough scrubbing power to take care of tough spots.
Make sure to double check the hinges for any excess grease and clean that as well.
Once that's clean, use a new rag with your appropriate cleaner for the vertical surfaces. These are the most visible parts of the door, so careful attention to them is exceptionally important. Be sure to clean the oft-touched door knobs and any fixtures, too.
For the last step, use the glass cleaner on any windows with a fresh rag or paper towel.