By: Camille Simmons
Doors can be the most neglected part of our cleaning routine and may seem daunting to tackle. But with these simple instructions and ideas, you’ll be able to easily take care of all the doors in (and out of) your house.
Before You Start
- Remember to take breaks when completing a large, rigorous cleaning task.
- Wood doors may need a different cleaning solution than indoor, painted or glass doors.
Door Cleaning Tips
Start with the front, bedroom, closet and bathroom doors first before any other cleaning as they see the most use and often get dirtiest.
Dust doors first: Remove the surface dust before applying any type of cleaning solution. Jumping straight to wiping down a door will just spread the loose dirt and dust around, creating a bigger mess.
Paper towels work best: Use paper towels when it comes to wiping down door surfaces. Sponges and regular towels can hold tons of bacteria. Using a heavy-duty paper towel ensures that bacteria doesn’t transfer dirt and debris from one door to the next.
Tackle the front door first because it’s probably the dirtiest. Start by dusting the door and getting rid of as much loose dust as possible. Use a mixture of gentle dish soap and water to scrub down the door, and then dry with a paper towel.
Tip : Take note of the door's paint/stain finish. If it’s a wood door with staining, use a furniture wax or polish to wipe down and give the door a beautiful, clean glow.
Tip : If you have a painted front door, make sure to use a diluted cleaning product that won't strip off the color.
Dust and remove loose dirt and then get rid of any scuff marks caused by kids or animals. Next, use a diluted water and dish soap mixture to remove remaining dirt. Dry with paper towels.
Tip : Test a small area of the door first to ensure the finish won’t react with cleaning products.
Dust and remove loose dirt, wipe down with a diluted water and dish soap mixture and dry with paper towels. Then, take a household glass cleaner and wipe down both sides of the door with paper towels.
Use glass cleaning products or white vinegar to remove soap scum. A quick wipe down with cleaners usually does the trick. Finish with paper towels and glass cleaner for a nice shine.*
*Tip: Wipe down your shower door after each use to dry it off and limit soap scrum build up. A few seconds after each use will eliminate a longer cleaning process later.
Tip : Use an old toothbrush and dish soap to get in the nooks and remove grime.
Although you might not have noticed in your day-to-day activities, if you clean the doors in your house, it’ll make a good impression on anyone who happens by.
Camille is a Bay Area-based planning and decorating expert. She is the creator of Planning Pretty, a lifestyle site dedicated to sharing easy, affordable and pretty ideas for everyday living.