The front door is the first thing that draws the viewer’s attention from the curb, so it only makes sense to keep it looking as pristine as possible. If your home has a steel entry door, keeping it clean has never been easier. In this blog, entry door and home siding replacement company ARCH Exteriors, LLC shares care and maintenance tips for steel entry doors.
All You Need Are Soap and Water
Steel doors generally do not require special cleaning products. In fact, all you need to clean your steel entry door is water and diluted dish soap. A soft brush with a telescoping handle will let you reach all the way to the top of the door, then use a garden hose to rinse it clean. You can use any type of dish soap to clean your front door; we recommend using plant-friendly products if the runoff will reach plants in your yard.
Avoid Using Pressure Washers
Pressure washers are great for cleaning the driveway and other outdoor surfaces, but as your entry door and siding contractor, we strongly recommend against using it on your steel door, even at its lowest settings. Most steel doors have nonporous surfaces, which means if you must remove stubborn stains on your steel door, all you need is a 1:1 water and white vinegar solution. Dip a clean cloth on the solution, dab it on the stain, leave it for a few minutes, then scrub with a sponge or soft cloth.
Watch Out for Chipping, Flaking, or Blistering
Factory-applied coatings protect steel doors against corrosion. Certain conditions may cause damage to this protective layer: impact from windborne debris may cause dings or chip, or excessive heat may cause cracks or blisters. When cleaning your entry door, take care not to force moisture into gaps or cracks to prevent further damage. Call your door contractor for repairs if you find them on your door.
Replace the Weatherstripping
Weatherstripping seals the gap between frame and door sash and helps prevent air leaks. When cleaning your steel entry door, make it a point to inspect the weatherstripping, and look for cracks or missing sections. Replacement kits can be purchased from most hardware stores, or you can hire an entry door contractor and have it replaced for you.