Care and Cleaning

Cleaning Inside

The interiors of doors and frames should be cleaned at least once a year. Unplug the doors and frames before cleaning. If this is not practical, wring excess moisture out of sponge or cloth when cleaning around switches, lights, and controls. Use a warm water and baking soda solution—about a tablespoon (15 ml) of baking soda to a quart (1 L) of water. This both cleans and neutralizes odors. Rinse thoroughly with water and wipe dry. When cleaning other parts of the doors and frames—including gaskets and all plastic parts—use the same solution. After cleaning door gaskets, apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly to the door gaskets at the hinge side. This helps to keep the gaskets from sticking and bending out of shape. Do not use cleansing powders or other abrasive cleaners.

Cleaning Outside

The exteriors of doors and frames can be cleaned with a cloth dampened with a solution of mild liquid dish washing detergent and water. Dry with a soft cloth. Use a household wax, such as Pledge brand or Jubilee brand, to coat the handles. Soil will then easily wash off with dish detergent and water or a non-abrasive all-purpose cleaner. Glass can be cleaned with off-the-shelf glass cleaner. Do not use scouring pads, powdered cleansers, bleach, or cleaners containing bleach because these products can scratch and weaken the finish.