If you have an outdoor space and enjoy the beauty and versatility of your French patio doors, it's important to keep them clean and properly maintained. By taking care of these doors, they will last for many years and retain their original, unique look. Here are some helpful tips to ensure your patio doors remain a good investment.
As your doors are opened and closed over time, the weatherstripping underneath may become worn. In order to help make sure your doors are properly insulated, check the weatherstripping every season change to make sure it is still in good condition. Check your door hardware every so often, ensuring that it is firmly attached and there are no loose handles. If you discover the handles have become loosened, simply tighten them with a screwdriver. It's also recommended that you check the locks on your doors regularly to make sure they are closing tightly and locking properly.
If you notice paint or finish chipping on your doors, you can re-stain or paint the areas where wear and tear is showing. Just be sure you choose the correct matching shade of either paint or stain, and that you protect the windows from getting paint on the glass. It's important to note that paints and stains can damage your weatherstrip, so be sure it's protected when you apply touch ups. Check on caulking around window frames for any loose or damaged caulking, and reapply caulk as necessary.
Keeping your French patio doors clean will help them look nice, and will also ensure that they work well. Clean all dust, dirt, debris and sand from windowsills and cracks in your doors frequently. Use glass cleaner to keep the windows clear and clean. It is not recommended that you use a scraper or knife to remove stubborn debris or stains, since it can damage any protective coating on the glass. Instead, use a mild soap and warm water to help dissolve it, then wipe dry with a clean soft cloth.
How you clean the doors themselves depends on what material they are made of. If you have wooden doors, you can use a gentle wood cleaner or oil soap to help them look fresh and bright. Be careful not to use a cleaner with solvents or else it will damage the stain and cause discoloration. If your French doors are made of aluminum, a mild detergent like dish soap works well. Follow the manufacturer's specifications for more details on how to properly clean and maintain your patio doors.