A wooden door is a class byword and it can often feel more homely to a house with wooden doors. Wooden doors are sturdy & hard-wearing, but when we do our household chores, we can forget they need cleaning or miss them with busy lives. Doors are one of our homes’ most-used components, so they can attract the most grime and dirt, particularly around the handles and the lower part of the door.
You can keep your wooden door looking as good as when you purchased it with only a little TLC and also ensure that the door lasts as long as it should. What we’re saying is that frequent cleaning of a wooden door is a must! We’re going to take you through the simple steps you need to take to clean wood doors and also look at how to remove some of the harder stains that wooden doors can encounter.
How to Clean Wood Doors
Regularly Dust Your Wooden Doors
Cobwebs and dust can easily and rapidly build up in homes around the doorways, and so doors with panels and details that are prone to dust. Cleaning doors on a regular basis will keep grime from building up and will require a cleaner lock. Our recommendation is to use a paintbrush to clear any dust from door rails, moldings, and hinges that a cloth or feather duster may have skipped.
Here’s our guide to cleaning your doors in easy steps.
Cleaning Equipment Required
To clean wooden doors you will need:
- Non-abrasive cleaning cloths (such as microfibre)
- Paintbrush (for the edges and cracks)
- Warm water
- Dishwashing liquid
- A bowl
- Liquid furniture polish
Cleaning Wooden Doors in Five Easy Steps
- Prepare the doors using a paintbrush to remove any dust from the edges and corners.
- Grab a bowl of warm water and add a tiny amount of dishwashing liquid. Using a soft cloth and water, gently wipe the door down to get rid of daily dirt and grime. Care to clean the sides as well
- Giving the door a final wipe with clean water to make sure there is no soap residue as the soap will contain chemicals that will damage the door if left on for a longer period of time.
- Door handles attract not only grime but bacteria as they are in constant contact with our hands. Clean the door handles with antibacterial spraying or wiping.
- To give your wooden door a sparkling new look, spray some of the furniture on a fresh dry cloth and wipe the entire place.
Removing Tough Stains From Wooden Doors
There is no doubt that at some point your doors will be the victim of some sort of accident or other that will leave you with a different kind of stain than everyday dirt and dirt, whether it’s paint from when you’re cooking or grease.
Using a mineral spirit to clear tough stains from wooden doors (such as paint thinner). Put a few drops of the spirit on the fabric and work the stain until it’s gone. Afterwards, wipe the door with a clean, damp cloth to ensure that no contaminants are left that can affect the door’s finish.
Preventing Stains in Wooden Doors
Accidents are going to happen, and your doors will be prone to knocks and stains, and in busy times they won’t get the TLC they deserve to look their very best. As we know, prevention is better than cure, and daily cleaning will keep doors looking the best. Cleaning your doors twice a month will improve the longevity of your doors, make sure that any dirt or markings do not turn into more difficult issues to deal with, and most importantly, retain the beautiful finish that the wooden doors are so admired for.