How to Hang Holiday Decorations without Damaging Windows and Doors
By: Architectural Visions
Holiday decorations are festive and filled with tradition and cheer. Unfortunately, if you don’t hang them correctly, they can also leave markings on doors and windows after they’re taken down. Knowing how to hang your holiday decorations correctly will prevent any potential future damage. Read on for tips on hanging your holiday decorations without damaging the windows and doors.
- If you love the look of an illuminated front door, use light clips to minimize any damage that can result from hanging the holiday lights.
- Using utility hooks on windows and doors will allow you to hang holiday décor such as garland, lights and ribbon
- Whether you’re using suction cups or utility hooks to hang your interior or exterior holiday décor, a clean, smooth surface results in the best adhesion.
- Contact a professional to help install new windows and doors before the holiday season.
Outdoor holiday decoration that don’t damage doors
Decorating outside your home during the holidays delivers festive cheer as soon as you arrive home. However, the hooks and nails used to hang these decorations can damage the exterior, especially the windows and doors. However, there are a few simple fixes to hanging your exterior holiday décor without risking damage to the doors, windows and frames.
If you love the look of an illuminated front door, avoid using nails to hang your lights. Instead, use light clips to minimize any damage from hanging the holiday lights.
If your home doesn’t feel festive without wreaths on the windows, skip the heavy adhesive tape that can leave residue on the windows. Instead, use suction cup hooks to hang your holiday wreaths to get the holiday look without the damage. This also works if you have a glass panel front door.
An over-the-door hanger is another way to hang a holiday wreath on the front door, regardless of the material of your front door. A door hook with a decorative accent, such as a snowflake or Christmas tree, can add additional holiday cheer.
Before hanging any decorations, devising a plan will help ensure minimal damage to your doors and windows, as you’ll lessen the risk of damaging any surfaces in your efforts to hang your décor.
Indoor decorations that don’t damage doors
Displaying holiday decorations indoors can be more effortless, as you don’t need to secure the items as strongly as exterior holiday décor.
Using utility hooks on windows and doors will allow you to hang holiday décor such as garland, lights and ribbon and cleanly come down once the holidays are over. If you don’t like the look of utility hooks, then hiding the hook behind your window treatments, such as curtains, will conceal the hook. It’s important to select the adhesive level that can accommodate the weight of the decoration.
When you’re hanging interior decorations on your windows and glass panel doors, ensuring the glass is clean will also help the decorations stick to the glass the best.
Zip ties, fishing line and other types of string are also helpful to position décor pieces at higher heights or to temporarily hold items in place.
Displaying plug-in or battery-powered candles in the windows will provide a soft glow inside and outside without damage.
Best practices to clean and maintain doors and windows
Whether you’re using suction cups or utility hooks to hang your interior or exterior holiday décor, a clean, smooth surface results in the best adhesion. Different types of doors require different cleaning techniques. Below are the most common types of doors and how to clean them.
Metal front door
Simply spraying a mild, all-purpose cleaner on a wet sponge or rag will remove dirt, dust and debris from a metal front door. When cleaning a painted metal door, it’s important to avoid abrasive or acidic cleaners to avoid damaging the paint.
Painted wood doors require regular cleaning to reduce the inevitable dirt, dust, spider webs, build-up and more. A cleaning solution made with warm water and dish soap is gentle enough to use on a painted wood door. Before using the wet cleaning solution, use a dry rag to remove loose dirt. Then, wash the door with the cleaning solution, moving top to bottom to ensure a thorough clean.
To clean a stained wood front door, you can use the same gentle cleaning solution and damp cloth you would use for a painted wood door, followed by furniture polish as a finishing touch.
Dirty glass doors can reduce the amount of sunlight that shines through. However, you can keep your glass doors looking shiny and new by wiping away visible dirt, followed by an equal parts water and dish soap solution, followed by glass cleaner for extra sparkle.
AVI Windows & Doors
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