Our front doors are often the very first thing guests, family, and the world sees of our homes. It is also a barrier against wind, weather, dirt, and debris, keeping the inside of our interiors safe. It is also likely to be one of the dirtiest doors in our homes, too. Your front door is possibly the most important door to keep clean. If you're unsure where to start in tidying up, here's how to properly clean your front door for a sparkling, like-new look.

  1. Start by gently loosening dust and dirt. Gently dust your front door with a soft rag, duster, soft brush, or even a vacuum with a brush nozzle attachment. You don't want to scratch or chip the paint (if your front door is painted) so take your time.
  2. Mix equal parts water with vinegar, or water and a drop or two of mild dish soap and begin to lightly scrub your front door. You can use a soft sponge, another soft rag, a gentle brush, or a cloth. For a wood door, make sure to scrub and wipe in the direction of the wood grain.
  3. Rinse with a soft brush, cloth, or sponge, and then dry thoroughly with a paper towel or another soft cloth.

4. For stained wood doors: you may be able to use furniture wax to polish and further wipe down the door for an extra sparkling finish. Make sure to follow the instructions with your favorite furniture wax and wipe it all off when you are done.

Additional Tips:

  • If your front door is painted, make sure not to use too much soap and dilute it using more water, so you don't accidentally strip the color during cleaning.
  • If your front door has glass, you can clean it easily with an equal parts mix of water and vinegar. Simply squeegee or wipe dry with an absorbent cloth.
  • If your front door is mostly a glass door, dust and gently remove dirt first with a cloth, brush, or rag that won't scratch. Next, spray your favorite glass cleaning solution and scrub with a sponge to further remove debris. If your glass isn't too dirty, you can simply use your favorite cleaning solution and paper towels. Make sure when you are finished you towel dry the glass in a circular motion or use a squeegee to remove water so there won't be any watermarks.

Hopefully, these tips on how to properly clean your front door will make the task easier and revitalize the look and feel of your front entryway.