Caring for Your Door
Wash glass using household glass cleaner or a warm water/mild detergent mixture, and a soft cloth or paper towel.
For general cleaning use the following:
- Liquid soap (soap and water solution)
- Formula 409, Windex, Fantastik
- Simple Green or similar product
Always follow manufacturer's directions. using a soft, clean cloth, apply the cleaner and clean only a small portion of the surface. After cleaning, rinse the surface completely. Never use Acetone or products containing bleach, esters, ethers, ketones, aromatic and chlorinated hydrocarbons.
Hinges and Hardware
Hinges and door hardware may require occasional lubrication. A silicone spray lubricant or Lithium-based oil is recommended.
Wash expander using a warm water/mild detergent mixture and a soft cloth. Do not use a brass cleaner or steel wool as this is NOT a real brass/brushed nickel product.
Brass Locksets and Deadbolts
A number of storm door models incorporate high quality brass component parts. As with all brass products, tarnishing will occur. Without proper care, brass can become stained so heavily that cleaning cannot totally remove the stain. In extreme cases of neglect, pitting can occur.
- Wash brass hardware using a warm water/mild detergent mixture and a soft cloth. Do not use abrasive cleaners or cloths as they may damage the clear coat finish.
- Apply non-abrasive paste wax on the brass hardware to help restore its bright finish
Solid brass hardware (select models only) If clear coat is damaged and tarnishing has occurred.
- Remove the tarnished hardware from the door.
- Remove damaged clear coat. This can be done by using a paint stripper or by lightly rubbing the hardware using #0000 steel wool. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using a stripper.
Note: If refinishing keyed hardware, cover the key opening with masking tape to keep out stripper or steel wool particles.
- Once the clear coat is removed, continue to lightly rub with #0000 steel wool over tarnished areas until the bright brass finish returns.
- Clean the brass using a brass cleaner (i.e. Brasso®, Tarni-Shield™) per the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Apply a new clear coat finish. For best results, a clear lacquer spray is recommended. The lacquer can be purchased at most hardware stores and should be applied per the manufacturer’s instructions. Note: If refinishing keyed hardware, cover the key opening with masking tape when applying the lacquer finish.
- Reinstall the hardware on the door.