Deciding on the best way to clean your wooden internal doors can be tricky; there are so many methods and cleaning products available, so which ones work best? The answer is, in fact, relatively straight forward and A Wood Idea’s tips will allow you to keep your gorgeous internal wood doors looking their best for years to come. This is not only great in helping you to make the most of your money but also keeps your home looking great for longer.
How to clean wooden doors in five easy steps
Cleaning internal wood doors shouldn’t be a chore and if you stick to our simple hints and tips then it doesn’t need to be!
- Regular dusting
Even in the cleanest of homes, it is not uncommon for dust and cobwebs to build up and one of the main areas is doorways. The intricate detailing of elegant wood doors and the flat edges of door frames make internal doors particularly susceptible.
The easiest way to prevent this is to carry out regular dusting of your wood doors. Feather dusters are great for this, however they can’t always reach into tight gaps to combat the dust, so it is best to use a clean paintbrush to get into those hard-to-reach areas – and get a thorough clean.
- A light wash
Not all doors will require a heavy clean every time, in fact, most will be fine with just a light wash down with a mild dish soap and water.
Get yourself a bowl of warm water and add a small amount of mild dish soap. Using a clean and non-abrasive sponge, scrub your door to remove any minor marks or dirt. Always remember to wipe around the edges of the door too!
Once you’re done, always make sure there is no soap left on the surface of the door. The easiest way to do this is generally to give the door a wipe down with some clean water. Always ensure that the door is properly dry after cleaning. Either wipe it down with a clean towel, or point a fan at the door.
- Stubborn stains
Accidents happen and stains can, and will, appear on your wood doors. There’s no need to panic though. Simply pop on some rubber gloves and apply a few drops of paint thinner (also known as liquid spirits) to a clean rag and then rub with the grain of the wood to remove stubborn stains or seriously built-up dirt and grime. This should do the trick.
Again, once you have removed the stains, go back and give the door a wipe down with clean water to remove any chemicals and then dry the surface accordingly.
- Remember the handles
Door handles are naturally one of the dirtiest parts of a door, due to the amount of hands that come into contact with them. It is important to get rid of any bacteria that may be built up on door handles by cleaning the fittings with a sanitising spray. This should be done regularly, and not just when the door gets a full wash.
- A final polish
Finally, add the finishing touch to your newly-clean doors by giving them a once over with some liquid furniture polish. This is particularly important if you used paint stripper in the step above, but can also be done after a light wash. Just spray some liquid furniture polish on a clean cloth or rag and wipe the grain of the wood to bring out its beautiful natural sheen.
Here at A Wood Idea, we are experienced in providing a range of wooden doors, flooring and staircases that look stylish in any home. Contact a friendly member of our team, or call us directly on 0191 448 9614, to find out more about our products.