People tend forget that the elderly in care homes also handle the doors and doorknobs a lot. Occasionally, cleaning doors, especially door knobs can be overlooked. The doors and knobs end up harbouring germs and bacteria that would easily affect the health of the elderly. The solution is to deal with the accumulations of dirt. Below are varied ways such a problem can be solved.
How to care for and clean doorknobs
The elderly come to contact with the care home door knobs more than we even come to contact with other home surfaces. Therefore, you should give more attention to cleaning them. We should at least set aside a specific day to take care of the doorknobs with much attention.
During the cleaning of care, home doorknobs make sure to pay attention to the material of the doorknob. This will help you know what type of detergents and materials to use while cleaning. Below are some of the types of doorknobs and how to care for them:
How to clean pewter door knobs
To clean pewter doorknobs, you require fresh cabbage leaves. Using the cabbage leaves rub those around the knob this will help get rid of any stubborn dirt.
After that, use a clean, soft cloth to wipe the knob to shine.
Cleaning glass or crystal door knobs
Use normal detergents to clean your knob. Spray the solution of detergent on the knob and then rub it with a clean cloth to clean. Polish the surface with a clean cloth for some time to ensure that the doorknob is clean.
Stainless steel doorknobs are crucial and should be taken care of in a particular way. Before you start your cleaning, know the DON’TS on what not to use or do while cleaning.
Stainless steel don’ts during cleaning
Do not use abrasives or steel wool
Avoid the use of warm or hard water while cleaning
Never use oven cleaners to clean
Avoid using chlorine products and bleaches
How to clean:
Use a soft cloth and soap to clean. Then use clean cold water to rinse the knob. In case of stubborn stains use club soda, lemon oil furniture polish to rub on the surface till it is spotless.
You can also make a mixture of vinegar and olive oil then use it with a soft cloth to get rid of the stubborn stains.
How to take care of silver courted knobs
Silver can be cleaned using any cleaning detergent and still maintain its shine. Silver is easy to clean; therefore your require cleaning detergent, a soft damp cloth, and clean water to rinse.
Baking soda and warm water are used during the removal of stubborn stains on the knob.
How to clean and care for your doors
To clean your doors start from the top surface, make sure to dust all the dirt with a clean cloth. Also, use a cobweb remover to remove cobwebs in case of any.
Start with cleaning the door frame using warm water and a sponge to get rid of smudges and fingerprints.
For your painted doors use any sprays and detergents to clean but pay attention to any type of stains.
If your doors are wax sealed wood doors use an oil soap to clean this will ensure at the end of cleaning the door maintains its shine.
Pay attention to the edges of the door and strips to ensure to get rid of any hidden dirt around the door.
Once done with the cleaning, use a clean towel to dry the door from top to bottom and buff the surfaces to polish.
When you are done with cleaning the doors and doorknobs, you can consider spraying the door with antibacterial coating spray and oiling the hinges. This will take care of the door and avoid any damages. Also, remember to spray or wipe the doors and doorknobs with disinfectants to prevent the elderly from exposure to any infections or contamination.