Clean and polish wooden doors using DIY methods

by Mark Bennett

October 23, 2023

Clean and polish wooden doors using DIY methods
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Wooden doors certainly have great charm, as well as being solid, robust and long-lasting. With their classic beauty they give a touch of class to your home. But like all beautiful things, they require care and maintenance.

Vulnerable to stains, marks, scuffs, scratches and other signs of wear, wooden doors require regular and constant care and attention to remain pristine. But in many cases, the use of commercial detergents and polishes can do more damage than good - especially to our health and the environment.

Given this, you are probably wondering if there is a natural, delicate and eco-friendly way to care for your wooden doors.

Well, there is and it is also very simple - read on to find out more:

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Cleaning wooden doors

Cleaning wooden doors

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The first "rule" is to clean your wooden doors regularly - at least once a month is recommended.

You will not need to resort to using expensive commercial detergents for this regular cleaning. Follow the guidelines below:

  • Start by dusting your doors with a microfibre cloth, in order to remove any superficial dirt and dust;
  • For stubborn spots, use a neutral soap solution. Prepare this by dissolving a few flakes of Marseille soap in warm water and spray it directly on the area to be cleaned. Then rub with a soft cloth. Dry off immediately with a clean microfibre cloth to prevent any residual water from leaving unsightly streaks.
  • Once this cleaning is finished, your door can be prepared for polishing: with the help of a soft cloth, rub in with a solution of white vinegar and lemon in equal parts. If the door is made of dark wood, use apple cider vinegar.

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Polish wooden doors with a DIY product

Polish wooden doors with a DIY product

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Prepare a natural DIY polish for your wooden doors by using just two ingredients; mix two parts of olive oil with one part of lemon and use this mixture to polish your doors using a soft, clean cloth.

Dip the cloth in the mixture and wring it out, leaving it damp. Apply the solution evenly, rubbing in the direction of the wood's grain for the best results. Olive oil will deeply nourish the wood of your door, returning it to its original condition in just a few minutes.

Be careful not to to use too much of this DIY polish, as it could attract dust.

This mixture should used within a month of making it. It is also suitable for use on any wood furniture or furnishings.

Enjoy your shiny doors!

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