Door fitters play an important role in the installation of doors, but their work doesn’t end once the door is in place. Over time, doors can experience wear and tear, and may require maintenance and repairs to keep them functioning properly. In this article, we will discuss some common maintenance and repair tasks that door fitters may be called upon to perform, as well as some tips for keeping doors in good condition.
Cleaning and Lubrication
One of the simplest but most effective maintenance tasks for doors is regular cleaning and lubrication. This can help to prevent buildup of dirt and grime, which can cause the door to stick or become difficult to operate. It can also help to reduce friction on the moving parts of the door, such as hinges, locks, and handles, which can prolong their lifespan.
To clean a door, simply use a mild detergent and warm water to wipe down the surface of the door, paying particular attention to any areas that are prone to buildup, such as the edges and corners. For metal doors, it may be necessary to use a metal cleaner or polish to remove any rust or corrosion.
Once the door is clean, apply a small amount of lubricant to the moving parts of the door, such as the hinges, locks, and handles. Be careful not to use too much lubricant, as this can attract dirt and debris and actually make the problem worse.
One common issue that can arise with doors over time is that they may become misaligned or start to sag, causing the door to rub against the frame or floor. This can be due to a variety of factors, such as settling of the building or changes in temperature or humidity.
To adjust the hinges, first open the door and use a level to determine whether the door is level. If it is not, you will need to adjust the hinges to bring the door back into alignment. This can usually be done by loosening the screws that hold the hinges in place, adjusting the position of the hinges slightly, and then tightening the screws back up.
It may take a bit of trial and error to get the door properly aligned, so be patient and make small adjustments until the door fits properly.
Fixing Sticking or Binding Doors
Another common issue that can arise with doors is that they may start to stick or bind, making it difficult to open or close the door. This can be caused by a variety of factors, such as warping of the door or frame, or buildup of dirt or debris in the track.
To fix a sticking or binding door, start by examining the door and frame to see if there are any obvious signs of damage or wear. If the problem seems to be with the door itself, it may be necessary to replace the door or have it repaired.
If the problem is with the frame or track, you can try cleaning the track with a mild detergent and warm water to remove any dirt or debris that may be causing the problem. You can also try adjusting the position of the door slightly, using the same process as adjusting the hinges.
Wle door fitters are primarily responsible for installing new doors, they can also be called upon to perform maintenance and repair tasks on existing doors. By performing simple tasks such as cleaning and lubrication, adjusting hinges, fixing sticking or binding doors, and replacing hardware when necessary, door fitters can help to ensure that doors function properly and last for many years to come.