There are certain areas in your home that you need to keep clean, not only to keep you and your family healthy but to ensure that it makes you feel good. Keeping your doors clean inside and outside your home, might be at the bottom of your cleaning to do list. However, this is wrong, the door furniture and areas surrounding your door handles are often the first point of contact for your family; if they have an illness, or have touched germs or bacteria on their hands, the door furniture is the receptor of this germ. It then can hold that germ ready for the next person who touches it. This is how germs spread and by ensuring that you keep doors clean, you are combating this infectious area.
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Different Types Of Doors To Clean
Your home has different types of doors; we are concentrating on the doors that allow us access into our homes, the external doors and the internal doors that allow access to different rooms in our home.
These doors, manufactured in a variety of different material, often you get UPVC external doors and with glass; internal doors are normally either wood or a mixture of wood and glass.
All of these types of doors will need regular cleaning to ensure that they look good and have limited amount of germs present at any one time. Also, you need to keep doors clean to prevent the build up of dirt, my dogs brush past the doors and if I don’t keep on top of this cleaning there is a black mark that appears!
How To Keep Doors Clean
It is important for me not to pump my house full of harmful chemicals, and I am always on the lookout for the cheapest way to clean something, I am not one to accept any standard of clean except for the top standard, if it doesn’t reach this then to me it is not truly clean.
I do like hot soapy water to clean, I don’t throw this around the house, though, I wring out a cloth so it is more damp than wet. I always dry after washing and this helps to show up any dirt that hasn’t come off.
If I have more time, I do like to use bicarbonate of soda, or an alternative name for this is baking soda, mixed with water and a dash of washing up liquid, it gets all the dirt completely off.
I then use a damp cloth to get off any residue before drying with an old towel.
Paying Particular Attention
The handles and the door furniture are going to get the most of the germs and it is important to keep these clean, especially if someone is sick or ill, it can help prevent the spread of germs. If you are looking for something with a bit more killing power but not a chemical ridden cleaning product, try white vinegar, it is not a harsh compound, but it will depend on if it is man-made or the naturally fermented kind as to the source of the substance.
Preventing the spread of germs is important, but so too is the look and feel of your home. If it looks clean when you arrive at your door, it will make you feel good too. A perfectly clean home isn’t practical or possibly most of the time, especially with life getting in the way, but the more you are able to keep clean the easier it is to keep up with your cleaning routines.
If you have precious metal furniture like brass, then it is important to clean this as per the recommendations of the manufacturer.
Therefore, if you are looking to give a great first impression with your home ensuring that you keep your doors clean will help. However, don’t forget the germ prevention that you should participate in and reduce the spread of infectious germs and bacteria.