How to Clean Your Wrought Iron Doors

So, you’ve invested in a stunning wrought iron door. Fantastic choice! This stunning and practical door can be a staple of your home for decades to come, so long as you give it the love, care, and maintenance it deserves. If neglected, the frame on your iron door could develop rust, taking away from its durability and aesthetic beauty in the process. 

Not sure about how to clean wrought iron doors? No problem. With our wrought iron maintenance tips, you’ll be a pro in no time! Here’s our simple step-by-step breakdown of how to clean wrought iron doors.

What You’ll Need

First, we’ll list the equipment required to effectively clean iron doors:

  • Two buckets
  • Sponges and rags
  • Steel wool
  • Liquid soap

We also recommend acquiring some tarp or plastic to lay down around the door to help with clean up.

Step 1 – Fill Buckets With Warm Water

Fill both buckets with warm water. One bucket will be used for cleaning and the other for rinsing. While spray bottles are advised when cleaning smaller wrought iron items, buckets are necessary for larger objects like doors. 

Step 2 – Make the Liquid Soap Cleaning Solution

Create a cleaning solution from liquid soap or another mild cleanser, so long as the cleanser isn’t antibacterial and doesn’t contain any bleach. If you’re using liquid soap, add one tablespoon to your bucket for every 950mL of water. Be sure to add liquid soap to only ONE of the buckets, as the other is meant for rinsing. 

Step 3 – Remove Any Non-Wrought Iron Components

If your door has any non-wrought iron components, remove them before cleaning if possible. If you can’t remove these components, try covering them in plastic wrap and cleaning around them very carefully. 

Step 4 – Clean in Circular Motions

Move your dampened rag or sponge in circular motions on your door. Work on small sections at a time, removing dust and dirt as you go and re-dampening when necessary. Avoid rubbing too hard when possible, though there may be a few spots that require some extra pressure.

Step 5 – Rinse Thoroughly

With a clean sponge and your second bucket of water, go over your door and give it a thorough rinse. There should be no grime or debris visible once you’re done. 

Step 6 – Allow Door to Completely Dry

Your door needs to dry completely before you move on to the next step. If your door has access to direct sunlight, you can have it dry that way. If not, give it time to air dry and/or wipe it down with a cloth until there’s no excess moisture. You can also use a hairdryer or fan. 

Step 7 – File Down Any Rust

Use your piece of steel wool or sandpaper to file down any rust on your door. Once the rust is dislodged, brush the pieces away to ensure that you’re not missing any spots. 

Step 8 – Remove Dust and Refinish

Once your door is dust-free, rinsed, and dry, paint on a rust-resistant primer and refinish the door with two coats of acrylic latex paint or oil-based paint. Make sure you purchase paint intended for outdoor metal objects. 

Haven’t Found Your Iron Door Yet? Contact Our Team

If you haven’t purchased your very own iron door yet, Bighorn Iron Doors is here to help. We’re proud to be the largest distributor of iron doors in the United States. Our doors are eco-friendly, high-quality, and beautiful to look at, especially when maintained properly! If you’d like to see them for yourself, please view our gallery

Bighorn Iron Doors is happy to offer our customers free local deliveries and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you’d like to contact our team, please call (833) 811-7199, email sales@bighornirondoors.com, or complete our inquiry form.

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