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A Brief Entry Door Maintenance Guide

Your front door is one of the first things your neighbors and guests get to see, making it an essential element in curb appeal. If sturdy and well-maintained, it also protects you from potential intruders. It is important to take good care of your entry door. 

A Brief Entry Door Maintenance Guide


Cleaning Entry Doors


Once or twice a year, take some time to thoroughly clean your exterior doors on both sides. It is a smart move to take advantage of the cozy outdoor temperature in the springtime and bring out your soap and gloves. If you live along a coast, you may want to check and scrub your doors every month due to higher salt and moisture levels in the air. Here are other helpful tips:


  1. Use a gentle cleaner like diluted dish soap for steel, fiberglass and wood doors.

  2. Avoid using rough and abrasive tools as they can leave unsightly marks or peel coatings. 

  3. Make sure to work on one area at a time to avoid creating messy puddles.

  4. Do not use a power washer to rinse the door as it can cause water to enter your home through the seams.

  5. Use a mixture of vinegar and water on glass panels, and then wipe with a soft cloth or small squeegee for a streak-free finish.

  6. To remove oil or grease marks, use a mixture of baking soda and water.


Inspecting Entry Doors


It is also important to routinely inspect the condition of your entry doors to fend off serious problems in the future, such as leaks and rot. Here are the things you should look for:


  1. Check for cracks in the frame or glass. If necessary, install a replacement panel.

  2. Look for faded or chipped finish. Apply a new coat to restore the pristine beauty of your door.

  3. Inspect for moisture between glass panels. It indicates that your window seal has failed and is no longer intact.


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