Last week on the Maid to Shine blog, cleaning doors with loose dust on them was the topic of discussion. This week, we’re looking at how to clean interior doors that have hardened dust and grime built up on them. Doors such as these pose a formidable challenge, but the extra attention and time it takes to clean them is worth it. And giving your doors a cleaning, such as a professional cleaning service would give them, will revamp them beautifully.
Gather Your Tools
The cleaning process is far more effective if you gather the right tools for cleaning before you begin on the doors. Hand wiping the dust and grime off of the doors requires more time than a simple dusting. But to do the job properly, you only need the following:
· a degreasing/cleaning agent safe for doors, wood, and paint
· several clean rags
· an old toothbrush
· a small step ladder
Once you’ve gathered all of your supplies, head to the first door you intend to clean!
Begin the Process
Spray down the door with your degreasing cleaning agent. We recommend cleaning agents that are safe for wooden or painted doors. We also recommend 100% green products so that they are safe for you and your family as well.
Once you’ve sprayed the door (from top to bottom), let it soak for just a moment or two so that the degreasing agent can begin loosening the grime. After the dirt has loosened, you can begin wiping down the door. Use the step ladder if you can’t comfortably reach the top of the door. Using one of the clean rags, wipe down the top most ledge of the door frame. Continue working your way down, wiping the door as you go. If you come to any tight crevices, you can use the old toothbrush to get into the groves and work up the grime there. Be sure to use however many rags are necessary. You can even use your cleaner to dampen the rags to help with the cleaning efforts.
It takes more time and effort to hand wipe the doors, but your interior doors will look pristine and beautiful afterwards.