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How To Clean Fiberglass Doors

As a homeowner, cleaning fiberglass doors can be a little tricky. Fiberglass doors are more intimidating to clean than standard doors. The cleaning process can cause damage to the fiberglass seal if not done correctly.

A little effort and keenness go a long way when it comes to cleaning fiberglass doors. This article aims to help you figure out what you need to do when cleaning fiberglass doors.

Cleaning Fiberglass Doors

Cleaning fiberglass exterior doors is a little different from other types of woodworking. Unlike wood and stainless steel doors, fiberglass is porous, meaning it absorbs water. These steps can help you maintain the quality of your fiberglass door for its lifetime.

Set Up the Cleaning Area

Clear the area of any obstruction and remove all clutter. Ensure sufficient ventilation by opening nearby doors and windows to enable air circulation and let the gases from cleaning chemicals and substances escape.

Assess the Extent of the Stains

The nature of the stain, grease, oil or otherwise, will determine the kind of detergents you will use to clean the door. Using products that are safe for your fiberglass door ensures that you will maintain the quality and original texture of the door. For more information about how to clean your fiberglass doors, give our team a call today!

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Assemble Correct Fiberglass Cleaning Supplies

You can clean your fiberglass doors with fiberglass door restoration treatments, as well as good quality household cleaners. If you are cleaning fiberglass doors with household cleaners, you will need a few items:

  1. Warm water
  2. A spray bottle
  3. A bottle of dish soap.
  4. A small can of baking soda
  5. Several cleaning cloths.
  6. Soft bristle scrub brush
  7. Lots of patience.

When using fiberglass door restoration treatments, follow the instructions set out by the product to ensure optimal results.

Get To Cleaning

Fiberglass is, unfortunately, one of those materials that can be hard to clean. It tends to absorb water and get mouldy very easily if not done correctly.

To get the best out of your fiberglass door, it is best to treat it like you would any other piece of furniture or home improvement project.

  1. Mix 2 cups of warm water and 2 tablespoons of dish soap in a spray bottle.
  2. Add ¼ cup of baking soda.
  3. Close the spray bottle and shake vigorously to mix the ingredients.
  4. Spray the cleaning solution on the door and wipe clean. Dry the door thoroughly with a clean cloth. Repeat as necessary until desired results are achieved.

For stubborn stains, you can use a soft bristle scrub brush to apply the cleaning solution and remove the stain. Be gentle when using a brush to avoid damaging the surface of the fiberglass door.

Dealing with Dirt

When dealing with the most common stain; caked-on dirt, there are additional steps that can be taken:

  1. Mix baking soda with water to form a paste
  2. Apply the paste to the stain and leave it for half a day
  3. The paste will start to appear brown as it lifts the dirt from the surface of the door.
  4. If the paste has dried, vinegar may need to be used to activate the baking soda prior to cleaning
  5. Follow the same steps above by applying the cleaning solution to the door and removing it with a cleaning cloth.

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Want to learn more about how you can clean your doors to enhance your curb appeal? Contact our team at The Door Centre today!