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How To Clean French Doors


A beautiful set of French doors can really brighten up a home, however they are prone to getting dirty. They’re exposed to the elements and because so much of their surface area is glass, the mess can be difficult to ignore. Luckily, cleaning them isn’t that difficult and it only takes a small amount of effort to get them sparkling again.

Here at AluFold Direct, we’ve cleaned more than our fair share of French doors and we’ve picked up a few tips on how to do it. So, if your doors aren’t looking their best and you’ve got a spare hour, here’s how to clean French doors.

What You’ll Need

Cleaning French doors doesn’t require any specialist equipment. You should have most of the necessary items under your sink already, but we recommend:

  1. A sponge
  2. A squeegee
  3. An old toothbrush
  4. Washing-up liquid
  5. A small amount of white vinegar
  6. A cloth
  7. A hose

Cleaning Your Doors

Start by spraying the doors down with a hose to remove any loose dirt. Then, take a bucket and mix three parts of warm water with one part white vinegar and add some washing-up liquid. Dip the sponge in and give the doors a good scrub. If there are any awkward nooks and crannies, use the toothbrush to get at them.

You should be able to remove most stains this way, but if there any stubborn ones, try putting some vinegar on an old newspaper and rub that over them. Finish off by dipping your squeegee in clean water and running it over the glass. This’ll remove any streaks and leave your doors looking fresh again.

It’s relatively straightforward and is the ideal ‘Sunday afternoon job.’ If you want to make your doors sparkle, you could also apply some polish to the metal frame. You’ll get your French doors back to their best in no time.

We recommend cleaning your French doors as part of your household routine. We tend to do ours once every month or so unless something happens to make them unexpectedly filthy (we’ve had to remove silly string and glitter due to a children’s party before). Airbourne particles and bird mess can be irritating, but they’re very easily cleaned up.

If you’re interested in finding out more about French doors, you can email us at and one of our expert staff will be happy to speak with you. Alternatively, if you’d like to get started on an aluminium installation project, you can request a free online quote today. We can’t wait to hear from you.