External doors are made of uPVC, aluminum, or wood, and the surfaces are frequently coated to assist extend their longevity and reducing maintenance owing to the weather conditions.
Internal Glazed Doors, on the other hand, aren’t always like that. The majority of internal doors are constructed of wood and are either unfinished, painted, or varnished. Some internal doors require a little more TLC than others, depending on the color of the door and the amount of foot traffic at the entrance.
We’ve put together this step-by-step tutorial on how to clean interior doors at home, in which we reveal some of our finest tricks and suggestions for extending the life of your internal doors.
What is the most effective method for cleaning internal doors?
Internal doors must be cleaned with caution to avoid being harmed by powerful chemicals. The cleaning procedure, on the other hand, is pretty straightforward.
Cleaning internal doors before and after
A shopping list for cleaning wooden doors
Before we get started on how to clean your internal doors, double-check that you have everything you’ll need. Cleaning internal doors is a breeze if you have the following items on hand:
Damp towel for dusting
Warm soapy water or multi-purpose spray
Towel or sponge (for multi-purpose spray) (for warm soapy water)
a clean towel
Varnish your work (extra)
Remove any dust from your inside doors before you begin cleaning them. Grab your duster and de-dust the door thoroughly.
Make sure the knobs, grooves, and the inside of the door where the hinges are, as well as the very top of the door where it meets the door frame, are all dust-free. Pay special attention cleaning the margins of the doors, as here is where the dust will settle the most.
After you’ve dusted the door, give it a good wipe down with a damp cloth. This is to guarantee that any dust on the door has been picked up and removed.
You have two options for the next step: spray the entire door with multi-purpose spray and wipe it clean with a clean cloth, or use warm soapy water and a sponge. Both methods yield the same results, therefore the choice of which to employ to clean your doors is entirely yours.
The next step is to use a clean dry towel to dry the door. To prevent water from sinking into the wood, completely dry every region of the door.
Using a moist towel, clean the inside door.
If your wooden door needs to be treated, you’ll need to buy varnish, wood oil, stain, or wax. Make sure the treatment you chose is appropriate for the wood type of your door, and then apply it to the door’s surface according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
To avoid drip marks, we recommend applying your treatment in small increments and performing a patch test first to evaluate how the product responds with your door.
Varnishes are thought to be bad for wooden doors, although this is a widespread myth. This isn’t the case at all. Doors made of solid wood will take varnish well. Even if it’s a composite or veneer door, the wood used is normally at least 1 millimeter thick. Because of this thickness, stains, varnishes, waxes, and oils will not enter the wood and into the glue.
If you have stubborn stains that won’t come out with a simple clean, consider dampening your cloth with a small bit of paint thinner. The stain should begin to lift if you massage the damp cloth into it in circular motions.
What is the best way to clean white painted wood?
Cleaning a white painted wooden door is comparable to cleaning an unpainted door, with the exception that you must be more cautious about the items you use.
Stick to using a soft sponge and warm soapy water to clean the door. After that, wipe the door down with a microfibre towel and clean, non-soapy water. The microfibre cloth will remove any filth from your door without scratching it. Using a clean dry cloth, dry the door.
Avoid anything that could cause the paint to bubble, flake off, or rub away. Bleach and other harsh chemicals will peel the paint from the wood.
Using a microfiber cloth to clean a white wooden door
To clean a varnished door, first, wipe away any dust, then use a moist cloth to wipe away any remaining grime. When using a damp towel to clean varnished doors, make sure to dry the door right away. Varnish isn’t waterproof, so if you don’t dry it right away, it will absorb the water.
Once your door is dry and clean, use solvent-based furniture polish on a dry soft cloth to restore the shine to your varnished door.
Internal doors, although not being exposed to the elements, are among the dirtiest portions of our homes. Our internal doors can become rather mucky as a result of foot traffic, with dirty hands and shoes touching the surface.
It’s critical to do necessary maintenance on all of your internal doors in order to increase the longevity and overall cleanliness of your door. We hope that by following our instructions, you will be able to clean your internal doors thoroughly and carefully.