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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