Mold is a relatively common household problem during the spring because of the frequency of rain showers and the presence of moisture in the air. Being able to recognize mold on your exterior door and knowing what to do about it can help you care for your property while extending its service life.
How can you tell if mold is growing on your wooden exterior door?
Mold can be black, white, brown, gray, or green. If mold is growing on your home's exterior door, it will likely appear in parts of the door near the ground or around areas of the door frames where water leaks have been a problem in the recent past. If you scrape the mold with your fingernail, parts of it may come off of the wood. It smells damp and musty. Mold can be easily distinguished from dirt. The easiest way to tell the difference between dirt and mold is by rubbing your fingers over the grime. If it's dirt, it will feel gritty between your fingers.
What can you do to remove mold from your wooden exterior door?
To remove the mold, mix together a solution of equal parts water and vinegar and put the solution in a plastic spray bottle. Spray the mold with the solution, then use a soft bristled brush to scrub down the mold and remove it from the door. If the mold remains, spray the door again and this time leave the solution to sit on the mold for a while. After the solution has soaked into the wood, scrub the areas you sprayed and remove the solution with the soft bristled brush.
Can mold do damage to your front door?
Mold is unlikely to damage your front door, however, if the mold is growing because of a presence of moisture around your door, this moisture could cause the door to become damaged. To check for water damage, look for signs of rot, including the following:
- Cracks in the wooden door.
- Deterioration in the wood.
- Pock marks and holes in the wood, indicating that the door is no longer solid.
If your door is water damaged, it may be time to have it replaced. Speak with a contractor who normally installs doors to find out how you can have your front door replaced. Your contractor can assess the extent of the damage to your front door and can give you a quote for repair or replacement of your front door.