Front Door Makeover | How to Clean a Front Door
What kind of shape is the exterior of your front door? Get instructions on how to clean a front door: wood, vinyl, metal and fiberglass
We’ve had some GORGEOUS weather here for August!
So last weekend I decided to take advantage and work on a project that I’ve had all the supplies for, just waiting for the beautiful weather.
I treated myself to a curb appeal project by cleaning my front door AND adding vinyl numbers!
Did you know that clean exterior doors and porches invite positive energy and prosperity into the home?!
I’ve been seeing this trend all over blogland. Chris transformed her entry and painted her door black and Sarah pained her front door black and added a vinyl message. I couldn’t wait to do it to our house. As much as I would have liked to paint our front door black, it just wouldn’t work with our colors – so I had to stick with white on the door and black for the numbers. But I’m just thrilled with how it turned out! First I had to start with cleaning the front door exterior.
How to Clean a Front Door Exterior
Remove loose dirt
If you haven’t cleaned an exterior door in a while, grab the vacuum cleaner and run the nozzle attachment around the door trim, frame, and along contoured edges or recesses on the door face, to remove large debris and/or cobwebs.
I like to use Soilax and water, but it can be hard to find. Vinegar and water is an affordable and eco-friendly all-purpose cleaner. Mix equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle.
Wipe On Wipe Off
Open your door and using a wet sponge or spray bottle wet the entire door and frame with the cleaning mixture. Use a clean cloth or sponge to wipe away dirt, debris and fingerprints.
If you find there are stains or grease that won’t come off, try mineral spirits. Simply dampen a cloth, or sponge, with the mineral spirits and scrub until the stains are loosened and can be wiped away.
Make sure the door is open or the space is well ventilated when working with mineral spirits.
If you have any glass accents or windows you can use the vinegar/water solution. It makes a great glass cleaner.
If the windows are large, you may want to use a squeegee. Otherwise, try using recycled newspapers for a streak-free finish.
For an extra-shiny finish to clean exterior doors’ hardware, use a brass or steel polish on the door hardware.
Apply the polish and then wipe it clean with a separate cloth. Make sure you have removed all of the polish.
Next came the FUN part! Vinyl numbers with our house number.
It brings a smile to my face every time I see it.! (I just need to get a new door handle and wreath and I’ll be set!)