To treat dirty or dull-looking wooden doors, you can try these very easy, home remedies

by Mark Bennett

June 04, 2024


Wooden doors in the home are exposed to pollution and dirt every day, but, fortunately, cleaning them is not that difficult - and there are some easy, quick home remedies you can try. Let's find out what these cleaning remedies are:

How best to clean a wooden door regularly


For starters, if you spot dirt on your wooden doors, don't procrastinate in cleaning it away.

In fact, if you remember to dust and remove cobwebs from your wooden doors once a week (or certainly, no less than every two weeks) you won't ever have to do much more. You can use microfibre cloths, dusters, soft-bristled brushes or even the vacuum clean (with the appropriate attachment/s) to clean your wooden doors.

For "regular" dirt, you can wash this away with water into which a drop of Marseille soap has been added. Simply, dip a cloth in this mixture, wring it out and wipe down your door (then dry off with another cloth).


Deep cleaning of wooden doors


However, if the dirt on your doors is a bit more "stubborn", then try this deeper cleaning method:

  • Fill a bucket with 4 liters of warm water;
  • Pour 30 ml of a neutral liquid soap - like Marseille soap or Castile soap - into the water and stir to mix. The important thing is that the soap has a neutral or alkaline properties;
  • Take a leather polishing cloth, aka chamois (just like those used for cars) or a microfibre cloth, and dip it into the bucket; then, wring it out so that it is just damp;
  • Rub this damp cloth over the dirty areas of the door;
  • Use a second, damp cloth (soaked in water only) to wipe down and rinse off;
  • Dry the door with a third, dry cloth.

If the dirt is very stubborn (and only if the door is not lacquered, painted or waxed), you can add two or three tablespoons of white alcohol or wine vinegar to the above-described bucket of soap and water.

If you would like to lightly perfume your DIY detergent, pour a few drops of an essential oil you like into the water.

Do you want to nourish old, dried-out wood? To do this, you can use Danish oil, Tung oil or linseed oil. Always remember not to pour too much of the oil onto your polishing cloth (you can use a flannel cloth if it won't snag on the wood). Also, ensure you wipe away any excess oil immediately (as, if left on the door, this oil will quickly attract more dust and dirt).

With a little attention and care, you can restore your wooden doors to their original splendor!