As a Burlington homeowner, you know that entry doors are incredibly important to your home’s curbside appeal, so keeping them clean is essential. If you have fiberglass doors, however, the thought of cleaning them may feel a little intimidating since it’s possible to damage them if they are not cleaned correctly.
Here are a few tips to help you feel more comfortable about cleaning the fiberglass doors on your Burlington home.
Why is cleaning fiberglass doors different?
Unlike stainless steel doors or even compared to wood doors, fiberglass is porous, meaning that it is going to absorb water. So, when you are cleaning your fiberglass doors, it’s important to take certain precautions to help you maintain the quality of your door.
Setting up the cleaning area
Start by clearing the area of any clutter or obstruction. To help dissipate the fumes from any cleaning chemicals, open nearby doors and windows.
Determine the extent of any stains
If your door has stains on it, you will want to determine what they are from (such as grease, oil, etc.). The type of stains on the door will help you determine what type of cleaning products you need to use. Whatever you use, though, check the label to make sure that it is safe to use on fiberglass doors so that you don’t cause any damage.
Collect your cleaning supplies
There are a variety of cleaners and restorations on the market that are safe for fiberglass doors. If you are using commercial cleaners, make sure that you follow the directions to get the best result. If you prefer to use household/natural cleaners, here are the items you should assemble:
- Warm water
- A spray bottle
- Mild dish soap
- Baking soda
- Several soft cleaning cloths
- A soft bristle scrub brush.
Unfortunately, fiberglass can be quite difficult to clean since it absorbs water very quickly and, over time, gets mouldy. It is best to use the same care in treating your fiberglass door as you would with a piece of furniture in your home.
Start by mixing two cups of warm water with two tablespoons of dish soap and a ¼ cup of baking soda and put in a spray bottle. Ensure these ingredients are well mixed.
Next, spray the solution on the door and wipe it clean, drying it thoroughly with each spray. Repeat until the door has been cleaned to your satisfaction. For more difficult spots or stains, try scrubbing with a soft bristle brush, ensuring it is gentle enough not to cause damage to your door.
Dealing with dirt
If you are dealing with caked-on dirt, there are a few extra steps that you can take.
Start by mixing warm water with enough baking soda to form a paste. Apply the paste to the stain and leave it for several hours. As dirt lifts away from the surface of the door, the paste will begin to appear brown. If the paste dries before it is wiped away, you may need to use vinegar to activate the baking soda. After using the paste treatment on heavy stains, you may follow the steps mentioned above, applying the cleaning solution to the door and removing it with a cloth.
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