26 Jul How to maintain your front doors
A crucial part of keeping your door in tip-top condition is to consistently maintain the door so it can keep its colour and its driveway appeal. The first task to do to ensure the health of your door is to do a routine check to see if there is any damage or any discolouring on the door. There are few specific elements that you’ll need to look into. It is a necessity to just do basic cleaning on your door, you also do not need any complicated formulas or chemicals; just soap and water on a cloth is all you need for a healthy scrub down. You should do this on a regular monthly basis as this can keep it looking great and save you money on needing to repaint or recoating the door.
A common misconception is that a uPVC door is the hardest to clean and keep in good condition. Do not let that phase you though as the basic warm soapy water is enough to give your uPVC doors a perfect clean. As always avoid chemical based products that may damage your door which could possibly void your warranty! If you happen to damage a uPVC frame when you are moving a sofa in or another large object, you can probably get a repair avoiding the need to replace it.
Cleaning your composite door can vary on where you live. In a busy area like main roads will require your door to need more attention than usual. We recommend that you use warm soapy water plus a lint-free cloth, afterwards wipe the door dry with a soft and clean cloth. Avoid using any bleach, solvents or vigorous cleaners. Sharp objects are also a threat to a composite door so be cautious when having sharp objects around the door.
Using a clear finish on your door can be very beneficial to you as you may come across marks that come in a white colour plus you might find dark streaks. If this is left untreated this can lead to rot within the timber frame. Identifying any cracks within the timber frames of your door are vital for keeping your door in prime condition so if there are any cracks, fix them as soon as possible too. The finishing on a timber door acts as the protective layer for the base of the door. A good finishing would mean the door can remain in a good state for longer. However, it does need maintenance, you will need to check for any faded areas, cracks, chips and a rough feeling on the surface and peels within the finish. To counteract these issues, it is best to refinish and/or recoat before any damage is done to the surface of the door. Wooden doors do need regular attention but a full wipe down and fix can be done twice a year.
Hinges and Furniture:
You should also keep the hinges and external parts of your door in shape for consistent functionality so you do not get those irritating squeaks and noises. Be cautious though as using the wrong lubrication may cause damage to your door’s finish, materials and parts. Using a light machine oil is a great way to lubricate those pivot points as their slick nature will get hinges to run smooth.
Do not forget the door frame! The frame of the door is an important part of how it works so it is wise to keep that clean and up-to-par too.