Maintain Old Wooden Doors - Checklist

Maintain Old Wooden Doors - Checklist


Old wooden doors have a special charm. But if they are unpainted, they also need special attention in cleaning and care.

No matter how old wood is - it stays alive: it absorbs moisture, releases it again, expands and contracts. Above all, untreated wood retains these properties for a lifetime. When cleaning and caring for old wooden doors that may warp, this fact should always be taken into account.

Dry-paint uncoated doors only

  • Use a soft, lint-free cotton cloth. Never take a scratch sponge or even a hard brush.
  • Water should not be left to raw wood. Only wipe doors dry.

For quirks on wooden doors

  • Superficial scratches will no longer be noticed after a care treatment; Just ignore it better.
  • Deep scratches may be covered with a wood repair kit from the hardware store. Depending on the intended wood care, it may be better to repair it first, as wood oil / wax will make the wood tone appear a little darker.
  • Dark marks on the bottom of the door can usually be removed with an eraser.
  • Carefully sand off stubborn stains with very fine sandpaper.

Maintain untreated wood

  • Wood oil: Apply thinly with a lint-free cloth or a brush in the direction of the grain. Wipe off any supernatants immediately. The oil drags into the wood, the effect is dull.
  • Wood Wax: Wood is waxed either after oiling or as a sole maintenance measure. For interior doors, pay attention to solvent-free product. Easier handling by preheating on the heater. Apply thinly and evenly with a lint-free cloth, wait a few minutes and then polish with a second cloth or brush.

Note: waxed surfaces can not be oiled later.

Cleaning painted wooden doors

Old wooden doors with a painted surface are generally easier to care for. The varnish protects - as long as it is intact and not cracked - the wood against the ingress of moisture and thus the door largely before warping.

  • For washing do not use abrasive sponges or aggressive cleaning agents. The glossier the paint, the more gentle the cleaning must be.
  • Wash the painted door damp with a simple soapy water solution and a soft sponge.
  • Only rub a little tighter with heavy soiling. Do not use any products containing solvents.
  • Wipe clean with clean water
  • Dry surface with cloth or chamois leather to avoid streaks. Carefully scrub the edges to keep them dry.
  • Footprints can usually be removed with an eraser or magic sponge.
  • Chipped paint or scratches can be retouched with a special pencil.
  • Do not apply oil or wax,
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