How to clean bifold doors?

20 July, 2022

Bifold doors can look stunning, but not if they’re grubby and dirty. No one enjoys cleaning, but chores are a fact of life to keep your home beautiful.

If you neglect your bifold doors, you will never be able to appreciate the views of your outside garden or patio area.

Bifold doors are becoming ever more popular. Stacked to one side, bifold door panels look tidy. The wall of doors offers a contemporary look, with each one stacking back on the other like a concertina.

The good news is that cleaning bifold doors is relatively simple, meaning you can easily admire the outside from the inside.

Check out our step-by-step advice to clean your bifold doors to leave them looking their best.

Start with cleaning the glass

There are many great tips about cleaning glass. One of the most popular is to use a solution of water and vinegar. It is cheap and effective, but a word of warning, it may be a tad smelly. Other people prefer washing up liquid, another great idea, but keep suds to a minimum, or you’ll get into a lather (quite literally).

Some people prefer to use a specific window cleaning product. Paper kitchen towels should be avoided, because minuscule stringy threads will inevitably get left behind.

High-grade microfibre clothes are a great option to clean your bifold doors, but you can also use scrunched-up newspapers soaked in 50/50 water and white vinegar. Use a circular motion with your cloth or newspaper on the windows to leave them gleaming. Make sure the solution doesn’t drip onto frames.

Then tackle the bifold frame

Some cleaning fluid and a cloth are the only items required to wipe down your frame. Don’t use any harsh abrasive products - like thick cream cleaners. Frames have a powder coating, you don’t want to damage them.

A pencil eraser will work wonders at lifting marks and stubborn stains away.

Make tracks for the bifold tracks! 

Small objects can easily lodge in the tracks of your bifold door to prevent the smooth operation of the doors. Get out your vacuum cleaner and attach the nozzle to hoover up dirt, dust and any granules. A vacuum will draw most things up! 

To get those awkward bits of dirt, use an old toothbrush, work along the track manoeuvring it about to shift that dried-on muck.

Finish with the locks and hardware

The locks also need to be maintained as part of your cleaning routine. Grime can build up in small mechanisms like locks - especially where the latch and deadbolt connect with the frame. Lubricate your lock on your bifold doors twice a year with WD40. Wipe down your door handles with a general all-purpose cleaner. 

Have you seen the range of bifold doors at Door Stop? We are so confident you will love our doors that we offer a no-quibble seven-year guarantee. It means you can buy with confidence. Visit one of our showrooms in Joondalup or Osborne Park and see our bifold doors for yourself. Admire their quality and start transforming your home with new doors today.

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