Internal and external doors are used constantly throughout the day in the home, and for those who thrive off interior design styles and always must hop on new trends, it’s important the impression they give off is nothing short of brilliant. Would you prefer to have well-maintained doors that look and feel welcoming? Or doors that look neglected and put visitors off? We’re pretty confident about what your answer will be.
Doors, just like a home itself, are an investment that needs to be properly taken care of so you can get the most out of them. There are many care regimes for doors, and although you’ll receive maintenance advice and the do’s and don’ts of what to do with your existing internal and external doors, going that one step further does no harm.
So, whether you’re looking to spring some life back into your French doors that open up your living space, or you want your front door to release its inner glow and sunshine, we have a few tips that could help.
The cleaning of your internal doors will only take a few minutes, so it’s not a time-consuming task that you will dread. There is no right or wrong time period for you to give your door a clean down, but if you inspect it regularly to see a little bit of dust and dirt, it’s time to grab your cleaning gear and treat your doors to a bit of TLC. In general, many interior doors can be cleaned with a duster to remove loose dirt. However, if you discover a few scuff marks or remaining dirt that is just not letting go, use a soft cloth with a diluted light soap mixture. You should then dry this off with a soft towel or use paper towels if necessary.
Depending on what type of finish your door has, you should test a small area of the door first before you clean the rest of it. This will ensure what you’re using won’t have a negative affect and cause potential
If you are looking to give your door a new life altogether and you feel as though a simple clean just won’t do, there are various oils and waxes that can enhance a door’s appearance, whilst protecting it’s natural beauty and providing a smooth finish. Take a look at the selection of hardwax oils from Treatex and Osmo.
You should regularly inspect seals and hinges to ensure the door is installed correctly and so there is no potential problems that can lead to any damage. Internal doors, as well as external doors, may have fire seals that must be compliant with the law. You can find the seals attached all along the door frame, and there should be no breaks at all. You can give these a clean with a simple cloth to remove the dust that has built up.
In regards to hinges, this can be inspected visually but for a thorough inspection, you need to see whether or not the hinges are fitted tight to the frame, or if they require tightening. If it looks as though the hinge is worn down, it’s sensible to purchase a brand new hinge and get this installed so you know the door is safe and secure.
You should carry out these kinds of inspections every few months and if unsure, get a professional tradesman such as a carpenter to check them over.
Handles & Locks
For security reasons, checking the movement of your handles and locks is extremely important. Over time, handles and locks can suffer from wear which inadvertently results in issues with the mechanisms. For the handle, move it up and down as you usually would, but don’t be too aggressive with it. Observe the movement and ask yourself whether the lock moves like it’s supposed to. Can you hear any faults, creaks or squeaks with the door handle or the lock? It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so if you have any concerns you should talk to a professional and get them to inspect it further.
It’s recommended that you check your handles and locks every few months.
External doors usually require a bit more maintenance because they are exposed to external elements all year round, which essentially means there is more chance of it picking up dirt, dust and scuffs. In general, you can give your front door a nice little glow by using a cloth, and a drop of soap. Depending on what type of front door you have installed, 9 times out of 10, marks can be removed using the right products and methods. If you have a glazed door, using a window cleaning product to clean the glass panels works a treat.
You should aim to clean your external doors when it is needed. You can always fit external door cleaning into your plan along with your internal door inspections!
Draught Proof Your Doors
You don’t want the energy efficiency of your home to suffer, and neither do we. We’ve all experienced a draft coming from a door, and it’s really not ideal when the cold weather hits and you’re sitting in your living room with 5 layers on, a cup of hot chocolate and a hot water bottle bigger than the size of your head. Draught excluders can help keep your home warm and they’re very flexible and easy to install.
Just like internal doors, external door hardware should be inspected regularly to maximise safety and security. The last thing you want to
do is make your home more vulnerable to burglars!
Check the external door locks and door handles to ensure everything is fitted to how it should be. This also includes seals and hinges. If required, you can use oil to provide a lubricant to the mechanisms. This is usually required from to time as moving parts can rust within time.