How to Care For Your New Front Door
By: Architectural Visions
The front door can be your home’s first impression, so ensuring it’s well-maintained will contribute to its longevity and your home’s curb appeal. Establishing a maintenance and cleaning routine for your new front door will keep it in excellent condition for years to come. Read on for tips and insight into caring for your new front door.
Key takeaways for caring for your new front door:
- Cleaning a metal door is low-maintenance and can be cleaned by simply wiping it down.
- Glass front doors should be cleaned regularly to remove dust, dirt, handprints, or any debris that leaves smudges and prevents the glass from sparkling, and can be cleaned with a homemade solution or a glass cleaner.
- A painted wood front door requires a gentle cleaning solution to avoid stripping the paint. You can remove scuffs from a white painted door with an eraser sponge pad.
- To make a stained wood front door gleam, you can spray it with a wood cleaner.
- Replacing your front door will give your home a new look and instantly boost its curb appeal. Depending on your needs, a new front door can allow more sunlight or provide more privacy.
Cleaning and maintaining your new front door
Different types of doors require varying cleaning methods. Depending on the material — metal, glass, stained wood, or painted doors — there are various ways to clean them to help them last longer and stay in excellent condition.
Metal front doors
Metal doors require the least amount of maintenance. You can easily remove dirt and debris by spraying the door with an all-purpose cleaner or homemade solution, and wiping down the surface with a rag will result in a clean front door.
If your metal front door is painted, avoid using abrasive cleaning solutions to prevent any damage to the paint.
Glass front doors
Glass front doors should be cleaned regularly to remove dust, dirt, handprints, or any debris that leaves smudges and prevents the glass from sparkling. A dirty glass door can block the sunlight coming through, resulting in a darker home. For a shiny glass front door, surface dirt can be removed with a water and dish soap solution or glass cleaner.
Painted wood front door
To avoid stripping the paint, a painted wood front door requires more care than metal and glass front doors. A gentle cleaning solution will leave a painted wood door looking like new. Making your own solution with soap and water effectively cleans your new front door gently.
Painted white front door
Caring for a painted white front door is similar to a painted door in a darker color. However, you may need to pay more careful attention to remove any scuff marks or dark spots manually. An eraser pad sponge can gently remove any marks without damaging the paint.
Stained wood front door
The same gentle cleaning solution will clean a stained wood door. To add an extra sparkle, wood furniture polish and a soft rage will give the door an additional shine.
Replacing your front door
Replacing your front door will give your home a new look and instantly boost its curb appeal. Depending on your needs, a new front door can allow more sunlight to shine through, or provide more privacy if you need it.
There are functional reasons to replace the front door, like if it’s drafty and it’s letting the outside air in. Or, if you want to update your home’s aesthetic, a new door is an excellent way to change your home’s exterior and interior appearance. Adding sidelights or a transom are other ways to allow more light to fill your home.
Having a professional install your new front door will ensure that it fits correctly and that there are no leaks that will let the outside air in. A professional can also help guide you to select the style of door that best reflects your home’s architectural style, and that you choose the door material that aligns with the home’s overall aesthetic.
AVI Windows & Doors
Turn to a professional to help you install windows and a new front door by contacting the experts at AVI. AVI is your one-stop shop for all types of front doors with in-person and online service options. Please don’t hesitate to contact us online or come by one of our Southeast locations and let us help you!