The doors in your property play a highly important role. They offer a level of security, provide privacy for each member of your family and can be used to prevent the flow of fire during an emergency. And, like with all other vital features in a property, they should also be maintained properly to ensure you get the most out of them. In this guide, we’ll go over our top tips for keeping your front, back and internal doors at their very best.

Why Maintain Doors?

As we mentioned above, the doors in your property are very important. They play several key roles, including:

  • Providing kerb appeal.
  • Preventing theft and unwanted intruders.
  • Prevent fire from spreading.
  • Give privacy to individuals.

In order to do all of these jobs to the best of their ability, your doors need to be in the best possible shape. Wear-and-tear is inevitable but with regular maintenance, you can identify, repair and slow down the rate of deterioration over time. A consistent cleaning schedule, for example, will remove dust and grime build-up while allowing the door’s hinges and mechanisms to work smoothly. The good news is that maintaining your doors can easily be integrated into your normal cleaning schedule. And, if done regularly, will reduce the need for replacements or costly repairs in the future too.

Maintaining External Doors

When we think of safety and preventing unwanted intrusion, we automatically think of the front door. These vital dividers prevent passers-by from seeing or stepping into our homes, creating a safe haven for our families. They are also one of the first things that people see when they visit us. Before they’ve noticed the colour wallpaper you chose for the landing or the sofa used in the living room, they see the front door. If you’re selling your home or simply trying to update the outside aesthetics of a property, changing the front door is a quick and effective way of doing it.

But, how do you maintain an external door? The good news is that, because these doors are relied on so heavily for their purpose, they are designed to be incredibly hardwearing. Here in the UK, our front doors are commonly manufactured from uPVC, Aluminium, Timber or Composite.

uPVC External Doors

Good quality uPVC can add a premium look to a property and offer a host of different styles, colours and looks to suit your needs. On top of this, uPVC is renowned for its low-maintenance design – it requires very little other than a bi-annual wipe down with soapy water. If you have a glass window built into your uPVC door, you’ll want to clean this with a clear liquid spray cleaner. The only other maintenance you may want to consider is lubricating the mechanism with a light grade oil that prevents gunk build-up over time.

Aluminium External Doors

Aluminium doors can give a property a bright sheen and one that is highly sought after. It is important to maintain aluminium doors regularly to allow them to work properly. Again, you can do this with a mild detergent and water. Simply wipe clean the surface and consider using a polishing cloth to bring back that original shine too.

Timber External Doors

If it’s a traditional look you’re chasing, there’s nothing like a timber external door. However, this natural material does take some additional caring to keep it looking its best. Finish them with a high-performance stain or varnish that is suitable for outdoor use and one that will help the door to retain its moisture content. You will need to clean it thoroughly bi-annually with a non-abrasive soap to help remove any ingrained dirt. And consider re-varnishing or staining it once every 3-5 years too.

Composite External Doors

Composite doors are known for their strength due to their multi-layer design. However, to keep them in optimal condition, wash and clean them down once per month with a soft cloth. Avoid all harsh cleaning sponges or abrasive chemical cleaners as these can do more damage than good.

Maintaining Internal Doors

The doors inside your home play a different role. They are there to help offer privacy, minimise noise distribution and provide safety in the event of a fire. Most are manufactured from a variety of woods from hardwoods to mahogany and pine. Due to this, the cost of replacing an internal door can vary significantly and so can the cost of repairing one that hasn’t been properly maintained. Replacing a door inside your home will be cheaper than getting a new front or back door, but with a regular maintenance schedule, you’ll reduce the frequency for this too.

How to Look After Internal Doors

If you have unvarnished internal doors, you should clean them with a gentle detergent and warm water. Use oil to help add moisture back into the timber and bring out the grain. For varnished wood – which constitutes the vast majority of doors here in the UK, you should dust the surface down regularly and then clean with a similar mix. You may also want to consider a specialist wax either annually or bi-annually which will prevent the door from swelling excessively due to humidity.

Joints and Hinges

Make sure to pay attention to the joints and hinges on your doors. This is where grime and dust will build up and, if it’s left, where you’ll come into issues. Wipe these down with the rest of the door and use a few drops of olive oil to lubricate. Using a pipette will make this process as clean and easy as possible.

Here at Castle Home Improvements, we offer a fully comprehensive range of maintenance-free doors for your building projects. Whether you’re looking for a country-inspired entrance door to delight your visitors or a sleek uPVC door that tells guests you’re inspired by modern design, we have a selection of thermally efficient options. For more information, or to speak to a member of our specialist and experienced team, please do get in contact with us today.