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Natural Cleaning Tips For Your French Doors

by Jill Jenkins

Your new French patio doors add an element of elegance and beauty to your home, and cleaning your doors is an important part of maintaining that beauty and elegance. These tips will help you keep your new French patio doors clean using standard household products and environmentally friendly methods.

Finished Wood

Most of the time, the wooden parts of your French patio doors will only need to be wiped down with a microfiber cloth to remove dust.

In the event that your doors need a deeper cleaning, or if your doors are in a location where they're exposed to grease (like in the kitchen), mix a bucket of warm water and vinegar in equal parts. Dip a sponge into the mixture, but wring it out until the sponge is only damp, and then wipe off the wooden parts of the doors. Next, use a dry microfiber cloth to wipe down the wood and soak up any remaining moisture.

When wiping down finished wood, always move your cloth or sponge with the grain. Doing this prevents your doors from becoming damaged, and may also allow the cloth or sponge to fit into the deeper parts between the grains.

Painted Wood

Painted wood, like finished wood, needs only to be wiped down with a microfiber cloth most of the time. The cloth will remove dust and grit that builds up in the tight spaces of your doors.

In the event that your painted wood doors need a deeper cleaning, mix castile soap with warm water. Dip a sponge into the water and wring it out until it's only somewhat damp. Next, wipe down the painted parts of the doors, and then dry it with a microfiber cloth.


To clean the knobs of your doors, use straight vinegar on a cloth or rag. Wipe down the entire surface of the knob, then wipe the knob dry afterwards. 


Clean the glass on your doors last. Mix equal parts of warm water and vinegar into a spray bottle. You may choose to use the vinegar and water you used for the finished wood parts of your doors, if that solution is still clean.

Spray down the windows and wipe them clean with a microfiber cloth, or with newspaper. Dry the glass with a microfiber cloth or with a cotton rag.

Good luck maintaining your new doors. Following these methods, you can keep your French patio doors from Fas Windows and Doors looking beautiful for many years to come.