Keep your interior door in great condition
Keeping your doors in good condition is not only about making sure that they look great for a long time, but also ensuring that they work well and don’t give you unnecessary trouble. Here are some tips to ensure that your interior doors live up to expectations and more. Cleaning Cleaning your doors is not just about removing dust. Sure, you can dust them every few days or once a week, but they also need to be washed. Make sure that you never use harsh chemicals and always ask your door supplier for their cleaning guidelines. Certain chemicals can cause the door to fade and become discolored. Using these strong detergents can even damage the door itself. Once you are done cleaning your door, you need to make sure that you wipe all areas to remove any leftover soap before drying. If you allow the door to air dry, you may notice water spots much like those on a window or mirror if not dried properly. If there are any areas that require extra attention, make sure that you never scrub hard or use abrasives. Instead, use a cloth or sponge and let your soap and water do the work. You might need to dab the area and let it sit before returning to wipe away and gunk. Hinges While your door and frame should be cleaned more regularly, the hinges usually only require cleaning once or twice a year at the most. You might need somebody to give you a hand if the door is particularly heavy and you’re unable to remove it yourself. When you remove the door from the hinges, you are also exposing certain areas between the door and frame that are otherwise tough or impossible to reach. Now is the time to pay attention to all these details and inspect all the working parts and mechanisms. Check for rust, damage, or any sticking. After cleaning your door and the working parts, you can then lubricate them again. Remember to clean the old lubricant off since it might become dirty and sticky after several months. If you apply fresh lubricant on top of the old lubricant, this will defeat the purpose. Once everything is clean and ready, it’s time to hang your door again and secure it in place. Make sure that you test your door by opening and closing it. Check all areas of the door to make sure that it is properly aligned. Other hardware Inspect your door handle or knob for any damage or wear. Since this is the part of the door we touch and use the most, it is bound to take a fair bit of punishment. Some homeowners like to replace door handles as soon as they start to show significant signs of wear. In other words, when the finish starts to wear off, it’s often time to replace them due to aesthetic reasons. If your door knob is sticking, you can remove it, check inside, and lubricate as needed. If lubrication does not work, you might need to replace the whole mechanism. At The Door Boutique, we stock the finest selection of high-quality interior doors.
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