Wood is a beautiful material, but it is susceptible to mold, cracks and scratches. If left unattended for long, the whole door will get dark in color and develop stains.
Some people use special wood cleaners available in markets or hire professionals for this purpose. Despite spending money on such products, sometimes you might not be satisfied with the results; if the doors are quite old, they might not even respond to these options.
Luckily there is an easy method of cleaning wooden doors at home that can help you remove dirt build-up from them without harming your health. This method also leaves behind a fresh citrus smell rather than unwanted chemicals which tend to linger around for hours together after application. All you need to do is take five minutes out of your busy schedule and you can bring back the glow to your wooden doors.
Here is a simple method of how to clean wooden doors at home. Read it carefully and store it in your memory bank for future reference:
Bucket Water Lemon juice Vinegar Soft cloth Nail polish remover Mop Brush (for scrubbing) Rags Paper towels/ newspaper Bucket cleaner Stainless steel scrubber; used for cleaning kitchen sinks and other hard surfaces. If not available, use regular sponge or brush instead. Rubbing alcohol
Take a bucket filled with water mixed with equal amounts of lemon juice and vinegar. You can also replace lemon juice with lime juice if you want the doors to smell slightly different.
Use a bucket cleaner to remove any hard water stains from the doors. The best thing about this product is that it does not leave behind an unpleasant smell even after application; moreover, it removes all kinds of dirt and grime effortlessly.
After cleaning the doors using a scrubber, apply some nail polish remover on them with a soft cloth; rub in a circular motion until you see your desired results i.e., color removing off the doors and revealing original wood texture underneath.
It’s time to clean the rest of the doorframe as well as other wooden parts like hinges etc. If you do not have any rubbing alcohol at home, dilute some white vinegar in water and use it for cleaning.
Make a mixture of warm water and dishwashing liquid or mild detergent; combine one part of this solution with four parts water. Use a sponge to apply the mixture on wooden parts, especially places which are difficult to reach with your hands; if required, you can also use a damp cloth instead.
After cleaning all the wooden parts with warm soapy water, wipe them dry using paper towels and put away any wet rags containing soap residue immediately into dry areas such as laundry baskets allowing them to air dry completely before storage. This will prevent formation of mold and mildew within the rags which is harmful to health.
If you want to apply a protective coat on the doors, use a stainless steel scrubber or apply rubbing alcohol neat with soft cloth. This will protect the doors from further staining and make them look like new ones.
Mop the floor using your usual wet mopping routine; this will make sure that no dirt remains on floors for long which otherwise can cause bad odor in your home.
Use clean clothes and rags to wipe dry all hard surfaces affected by water splashes such as walls, furniture etc. Remember one thing while cleaning wooden furniture at home; do not use heavy-duty chemical cleaners as they can leave behind residue marks over time. Instead clean windows, mirrors, screens, wooden furniture using the cleaning methods mentioned above; they will give you perfect results every time and will not cause any harm to your health.
Storing rags in secure areas is important for avoiding any damage to children or pets who may get hurt accidentally while playing around them. Remember that most of these chemicals have strong irritating properties which can damage eyes or skin if applied directly on them. Always wear gloves while handling harsh chemicals and avoid getting splashes inside ears or eyes as this can result into severe irritation. Be careful when using strong detergents as well as nail polish remover; make sure that these are used in open spaces and there is no risk of spilling over accidentally on other surfaces.