Iron Door Maintenance: Tips, Tricks, and Proper Care


In many ways, having a custom wrought-iron door is like having a piece of artwork adorning the front of your house. Just like any other piece of art, you want to be sure that your door stays in good condition so that it can maintain its aesthetic appeal and retain its artistic integrity for years to come. Luckily, there are a few simple steps you can take to ensure that your entry door stays beautiful and in good working condition.


Cleaning Your Door

Cleaning your iron door is the most basic way to ensure that it remains free of dust, dirt, and rust. Learning how to clean a wrought iron door takes no time at all. The process is quite simple and only requires a few basic pieces of equipment:

  • A mild cleanser, like Dawn dish soap or liquid castile soap OR
  • Sprayway Glass Cleaner (Ammonia Free)
  • A soft, non-abrasive cloth or sponge (for cleaning)
  • A ladder
  • Another soft cloth (for drying)

To clean your door with Sprayway:

  • Starting at the top of your door, spray the Sprayway Foaming Action onto the wrought iron door.
  • Wipe off the foaming solution with a soft, lint-free cloth, starting from the top and working your way down to the bottom. 
  • Go back over the door to dry off any additional residue with a dry lint-free cloth.

To clean your door with soap:

  • Create the wrought iron door cleaner by mixing two cups of warm water with one teaspoon of castile or dish soap.
  • Soak your non-abrasive cloth or sponge in the cleaning solution and begin wiping down your door, starting from the top and working your way down.
  • With this cleaning solution, dirt and early signs of rust should wipe right off. However, going over it a second time may be necessary for exceptionally stubborn spots.
  • Once you have finished cleaning your door, use a garden hose to rinse off any leftover soap residue that may have been left behind on the door.
  • After rinsing, be sure to use another (dry) soft cloth to dry your door and ensure that no water is left sitting on the iron. Leaving excess water on the door can cause minerals from the water to calcify on the door, or it can lead to more rust.

Other Maintenance

Other forms of maintenance for your wrought-iron door include keeping the hinges lubricated and removing rust. Using a non-abrasive lubricant like WD-40 on the roller catchers every three months is a great way to keep the hinges moving smoothly. However, be sure to not spray the actual door with WD-40, as this will void the Love That Door product warranty.

If you find that your door needs further servicing for scratches or any other mechanical issues, we encourage you to contact the Love That Door warranty service department


Having a wrought-iron door may require a few extra steps of occasional maintenance, but the effort is well worth it. If you’re looking for a way to bring some new life into your home, consider a custom door from Love That Door. Our doors are dipped in zinc three times, and coated in steel paint and clear coating twice to ensure maximum protection against outdoor elements. All our doors are also guaranteed for ten years. Fill out our commission form today to get started on your custom door journey!