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Maintaining Your Wooden Doors

December 6, 2023 by Fred Azad

Wooden doors add a timeless and elegant charm to any home, but to keep them looking their best and functioning smoothly, regular maintenance is essential. This guide provides valuable tips and techniques to help you preserve the beauty and functionality of your wooden doors for years to come.


Start by dusting the surface of the door with a soft, lint-free cloth or a feather duster.
For more stubborn dirt or stains, use a mild soapy solution and a soft sponge to gently clean the door’s surface. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or harsh chemicals that can damage the wood finish.
Wipe the door dry immediately after cleaning to prevent water damage.

Sealing and Finishing

Check the door’s finish regularly for signs of wear or damage. If the finish is compromised, consider resealing or refinishing the door to protect it from the elements.

Weather Stripping

Inspect and replace weather stripping as needed to ensure a tight seal around the door. This helps prevent drafts and keeps the interior of your home comfortable.
Weather stripping also helps protect the door from exposure to the elements, reducing the risk of warping or rot.

Hinges and Hardware

Regularly check the hinges for any signs of wear or corrosion. Lubricate them with a silicone-based lubricant to ensure smooth operation.
Tighten loose screws and bolts on the door and its hardware to maintain structural integrity.
If hardware is severely damaged, consider replacing it with high-quality replacements.

Avoiding Sun Damage

If your wooden door is regularly exposed to direct sunlight, it’s advisable to apply a fresh coat of Polishing: (e.g., varnish, lacquer, or oil) every 4.5 years to safeguard its integrity. However, for the crucial protection of the wood, a comprehensive Polishing application is essential every 10 years.

Maintaining Your Wooden Doors Summary

By following these maintenance tips, you can ensure that your wooden door remains a focal point of beauty and functionality in your home. Regular care and attention will not only preserve its aesthetic appeal but also extend its lifespan, providing lasting value for your investment.

Fred Azad

Fred is the President at Timber Door Inc. and has over 16 years of experience.

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