How to Keep Your Barn Doors Clean
When your barn doors were installed, they immediately added allure to your home. To ensure that they continue to offer this effect, you’ll need to keep them clean just as you do any other piece of furniture in your home. Special care is needed for your barn doors, similar to hardwood floors. Here are the required steps for cleaning your barn doors:
- Wipe the top of the door frames to remove any dust using a soft rag (as opposed to using a feather duster).
- Use a feather duster or rag to wipe the dust from around the door frame.
- Every couple of months, wipe the surface of the entire barn door using oil soap and a soft rag. While doing this, make sure to wipe in the direction of the grain.
- To clean the barn door pulls, use an all-purpose cleaner. Make sure to remove all dirt, then allow it to dry.
- If your barn door has a glass inset, you can remove dirt and add shine using a glass cleaner.
A lot of people overlook the need to clean their barn door hinges because they aren’t directly touched by people’s hands. However over time, the cracks of your barn door hardware become filled with dust and dirt. This can easily be transferred to the top of your hardware. To ensure this doesn’t happen, you will need to keep them cleaned. There is a proper and improper way of doing it. Here’s what you don’t want to do:
- Use coarse or old rags. Doing so can cause rust to appear.
- Use bleaches and mineral acids to clan your flat track barn door hardware. This is too harsh and can cause damage to the material. Use a mild solution instead, such an all-purpose cleaner.
- Use olive oil on the hardware to help remove streaks. This will also eliminate any squeaky sounds and make it easier to open and close.
- Use a cloth moistened with white or cider vinegar to clean and polish the flat track barn door hardware.
- Use glass cleaning solutions for hardware made of stainless steel. As a rule of thumb, any cleaner that is designed for glass can be used on this type of metal.