How to Clean Doorknobs


Most people don’t realize that doorknobs contain more germs than any other part of the household. In order to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria, it is essential to clean your doorknobs regularly. Additionally, unsightly doorknobs, that are covered in grime and paint, can benefit from a thorough cleaning.

Things You'll Need

  • Anti-Bacterial Disposable Wipes
  • All Purpose Cleaner
  • Paint Remover
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Cleaning Cloth
  • Old Cleaning Cloth (Discard After Use)

How to Clean Doorknobs

  • Walk through your home with your anti-bacterial disposable wipes in tow. As you approach each door, clean the doorknob with a disposable wipe. Start on the outside of the door, once you’ve finished, clean the doorknob on the inside. Do this to each door throughout your home. This will sanitize each doorknob.

  • Put your rubber gloves on. Fill your sink with hot water and all purpose cleaner. Soak a cleaning cloth or sponge in the solution. If you have latex paint on any of your doorknobs, the all purpose cleaner should remove it with a little elbow-grease. Either way, the all purpose cleaning solution will remove dirt and grime that a disposable wipe will not remove. Clean each doorknob (on the outside and inside of your door) with the cleaning cloth.

  • Dab your old cleaning cloth into some paint thinner. Use this to remove oil-based paint from doorknobs. Don’t cover the entire knob in the solution, instead only rub the painted areas. Once you’ve removed the paint, throw away the cloth.

  • Wash your paint-free doorknob with hot water and an all purpose cleaner.

Tips & Warnings

  • Maintain your doorknobs and prevent the spread of germs by utilizing anti-bacterial wipes each time you clean.

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