Looking after your Composite Doors

As with all outdoor parts of your home, your doors can fade and weather over time, due to exposure to the sun and other harsh weather conditions. Over time, the effects of these corrosive elements can lead to a door that looks on the tired side. There are options available to help you restore the door to pristine condition.

Whilst composite doors are less susceptible to wear and tear than other types of door, eventually they can begin to suffer. Multi-surface plastic restorers can help to revive your door’s look and feel whilst also protecting against future damage. Scheduled re-application is recommended and can ensure your door looks it’s best for as long as possible. We recommend cleaning your door with water and sponge every 6 months and applying a plastic restorer annually as needed.

One of the biggest benefits of composite front doors is they do not require as much maintenance or care as a uPVC door or timber door and they are much longer lasting in comparison.

How to use Polytrol to restore your wood effect composite front door


Firstly clean your front door

It’s important that your door is free from any dirt, grime, grease or mildew, so give it a good clean with some warm soapy water.

Tip: If your front door has mildew on it, just scrub it with a 50:50 bleach and water solution and leave to stand for about 10 minutes, before rinsing.

Any waxes or polishes should also be removed.

Before getting starting with Polytrol, make sure that your door is completely dry.

Time to get going…

When using Polytrol, it’s important to work in areas that you can complete in 10-20 minutes. As most front doors are quite small, you can usually do it all in one go.

Use a brush or a cloth to liberally apply Polytrol. If you notice that some bits are looking shiny and others are looking matt, move any of the surplus oil over to the matt areas.

Leave it to work then wipe off the excess

Polytrol only takes between 10-20 minutes to work its magic.

After this, it’s time to wipe off any excess product with a clean, lint-free cloth.

Leave it to dry

You’re done! Just leave your front door to dry and admire your work.

You’ll need to clean any tools you’ve used to apply Polytrol with white spirit.

It’s important that any rags you have soaked in Polytrol are properly discarded or they could spontaneously catch fire. See Polytrol’s full instructions for more information.


Door won’t shut properly

If you find that your composite door won’t shut properly or is difficult to open and close, this could happen over time as a result of the door dropping or not being closed properly throughout it’s lifetime.

Making sure you shut the door correctly when you enter or leave your home will help to prevent any further problems. Making sure you ‘throw’ the handle to ensure both the top and bottom of the door is hooked in properly can help to prevent problems occurring over the long-term.

Even with regular maintenance, it’s perfectly normal for door hinges to drop, and you can even fix this yourself with the correct tools.

Composite doors are fitted with self-lubricating bearings, meaning your hinges only require minimal maintenance. The hinges may likely drop when a composite door is in constant use. If this occurs, it’s solved with a minor hinge adjustment.

Like sticking locks, you need to carry out basic hinge maintenance from time to time, and you can do this by spraying the hinges with a light oil lubricant every couple of months.


Sticky locks

Sticky locks or any other door lock problem, can happen on just about any door if they are not properly maintained or cared for. Composite doors are known for being low maintenance but keeping your lock clean and functioning properly is still importance.

A sticky lock is easy to identify once you experience it for the first time. Poor functionality, difficulty removing your key or extra force to turn the key can all indicate an underlying problem with the locking mechanism. If you want to keep the door lock in top shape and keep stickiness at bay, the best thing to do is to use lubricant in the lock regularly. Maintenance every six months can have long-lasting, positive results for smooth and easy access.

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