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How To Maintain Wooden Door In Your House; A Diy Approach

In this article, you will discover the following;

  • A step-by-step procedure of how to clean the wooden doors in your home.
  • The tools, resources needed to carry out this task
  • And answers to some of the most asked questions as regards maintaining wooden doors.

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Now, let’s get things underway.

How to keep your old wooden door in great shape

Step 1; dust the door with a damp cloth to get rid of the minor stains, you should regularly do this to avoid build-up stains on the door surface. Maybe once a week.

Step 2; Mix detergent in a bucket of warm water. 

Step 3; Dip a damp cloth or a non-abrasive sponge in the soap water mixture and gently scrub the surface of the wood. Scrub from the topmost part of the door towards the bottom part.

Step 4; after washing the surface, rinse the door with hot water to completely get rid of the soap residues that might be on the door due to the earlier cleaning action.

Step 5; dry the wood surface with a damp cloth. Allow the moisture to dry off completely before checking if there are difficult stains present after the initial cleaning action.

Step 6; apply paint thinner to a dry cloth until it feels moistened and gently drag the clothe across such difficult stains.

Step 7; it is essential that you wipe the wooden door with a dry cloth moistened with liquid polish, this helps to eliminate difficult stains as well. Nonetheless, it should not be skipped in the process of cleaning your door.

Especially if you have applied paint thinner to the wooden door.

Step 8; leave the wooden door to dry.

Step 9; It is time to reapply the finishing stain to the wooden door once it’s dried. This helps to form a protective layer over the wooden door surface in preventing future stains, grimes, or specks of dirt from sticking on the wooden door.

Step 10; clean fixtures like the doorknob, hinges among others in the case they were stained by the finishing stain applied on the door.

What are the tools needed for wooden door maintenance?

You will need the following:

  • A non-abrasive sponge or clean rag.
  • Hot water
  • Detergent
  • Bucket
  • Finishing stain
  • Paint thinner.

Answers to frequently asked questions on wooden door cleaning

How can I remove the existing finish layer on the wooden door?

You can do this by sanding the wooden door surface. This is time-consuming. A better alternative is to apply chemical strippers on the wooden door surface.

How long can wooden doors last?

They have a useful life of 30 to 60 years.