Removing Stains from Fiberglass Doors: Mistakes to Avoid Removing Stains from Fiberglass Doors: Mistakes to Avoid
Fiberglass doors have a lot of good features, such as easy maintenance, inexpensiveness and sturdiness. Their colors also stay intact for a long time and hardly fade. Cleaning stains off of them, on the other hand, can be quite tricky. Fiberglass doors have slippery surfaces and only stubborn materials can leave noticeable marks on them.
Preparing the Area
Do not remove the stains before you have prepared the cleaning area first. Make sure that the area is free of clutter for ease of movement when you are scrubbing affected parts. Do not close doors and windows near and around the door; instead, open them to allow air to circulate. Some stains may require the use of chemicals such as vinegar and acetone, and you need as much air circulation as you can get to let the fumes from chemicals and substances escape.
Acetone is effective in removing stains from fiberglass doors. However, you need to be careful about its use as it can do more harm than good if used improperly. Use acetone sparingly. Some people may think that using more acetone can do the job faster—doing so can damage your fiberglass door. Experiment first with a few drops of acetone dipped in a rag then apply to the affected areas. Scrub the area gently to check if the stain is beginning to disappear. If after several strokes the stain still persists, you can gradually add more amounts of acetone.
Once you start to see results or when the stain starts to fade—stop. Again, continued scrubbing can damage unnecessarily your fiberglass door. From this point on, use a rag dipped in water to remove excess acetone on the affected spot and to remove any stain residue.
Do not use commercial grade cleaners to remove stains in your fiberglass doors unless it is indicated that it is safe to use for such material; check your manufacturer’s recommendations or test a small area on your door. There are many mild abrasive products that you can use such as alcohol and vinegar for mild stains. Put vinegar in a clean rag or cloth. Scrub on the stained area until it clears up. Again, use vinegar sparingly and do not put excessive amounts on a rag or cloth unless necessary. Remove excess vinegar on the door with a damp cloth or water.
Maintaining Your Door
Prevention is the best treatment—and this holds true for fiberglass doors. If you want your doors to remain spotless, you should clean them regularly. Do not let your doors go un-cleaned at long intervals since stains can easily build up or form in such an environment.
For practical purposes, it is advisable to use plain soap and water for cleaning doors. This can do the job just the same as with expensive commercial products. When cleaning, gently scrub the door using a sponge dipped in water and soap, then rinse off with water. Remember not to scrub harshly or violently.
When removing stains from fiberglass doors using chemicals, less is usually better. Excessive amounts can cause discoloration and can make the problem worse. Also, household products such as vinegar and soap can be as effective in removing and preventing stains as commercial products.