Say hello to the spring season, but with spring comes spring cleaning. By the end of winter, your iron doors need your attention the most. Cleaning your main door is very important to ensure its longevity. The main door is right at the front of your house and can make or break the image of your home. In this article, we are going to share with you some tips on how to clean your custom iron doors to make them look brand new again.
Give Your Door a Quick Thorough Wash
Good cleaning always starts with soapy water. Whether your home has single entry doors or double entry ones, this trick is very easy and helpful. If your door has just some stains, this cleaning trick will work really well. You can use any mild liquid soap along with dishwashing gel. You need to take a bowl and add one tablespoon of soap and 2-3 cups of warm water. Mix these together till you see the formation of suds. Now dip a piece of soft cloth in this mixture and start cleaning your door.
Scrub the whole door with the soapy cloth and then rinse it with water using the garden hose. If you can’t rise your door due to any reason then wipe the door at least 3 to 4 times with a clean damp piece of cloth until it becomes clean and soap-free. This tip is very helpful if there are any stains on the door.
How to Treat Rusting?
Rusting has a deep enmity with iron doors and it is at times very difficult to remove rust especially from the iron doors. But if you are vigilant, you have no need to worry about rust anymore. Rust can easily be removed when it initially begins to form with the right treatment. If left untreated, rust can badly damage your door, even to the extent of eating away at the metal sheets.
The trick is to catch rusting in the very initial stages and start applying the appropriate treatment right away. You should keep a watchful eye on your iron doors and look for any signs of rust. If you find any traces of rust, you’ll need to remove it instantly using sandpaper or a metal brush.
Once you are done with removing the rust, you can proceed to clean the door by using the method mentioned above. After washing the door, you’ll need to cover the cleared spots using a good rust-inhibiting primer. Beware, do not apply it using your hands, you can use a small paintbrush for this task. You can then leave the primer to dry up completely. After the primer dries up, you will need to apply metal paint and let it dry for at least 2 to 3 days. Once the door is dried, you can start using it again.
- Ensure that the soap you are going to use to clean your door is chemical-free and mild. Acidic soaps can damage the paint of your door.
- After cleaning your iron door, you must apply a layer of kerosene oil. But make sure that you apply the oil only once the door is completely dried.
- Only use a rust-inhabiting primer to keep your door safe from harsh environmental conditions.
We hope that this article was helpful to you in cleaning your dirty and rusty iron doors. If you have any questions or additional suggestions, feel free to contact us or let us know in the comments section below.