How to best clean open louvered closet doors that are stained.

They get very dusty. I dust them with my vacuum and brush attachment. Still don't look clean.

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  • Wanda Wanda on Nov 30, 2017
    It may be they need repainted. If you use a semi or high gloss enamel they will look new and be much easier to dust and keep clean. Most doors installed only have primer on them. That may be the reason they don't look clean.
  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Nov 30, 2017
    My mom had louvered closet doors in her house. She would thinly wrap a table knife with a rag she had dampened with water or wood conditioner or an oil for wood and would clean them that way. She always kept them clean and looking good for the thirty plus years she was in that house.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 30, 2017
    Try a swifter duster
  • 27524803 27524803 on Nov 30, 2017
    The doors may not have been sanded before staining... or they may not have been wiped off after sanding. (moisture, like from stain, raises the grain in the wood, especially woods like poplar and pine, which is used for most louvered doors found in the big box stores)
    Take the doors down... and then take a brush or green scrubby and TSP and wash them down to remove any clinging dust... when they are dry give them a light sanding (by hand or with a small sander) with 120 to 220 grit sandpaper... wipe them down with a damp cloth or a "tack" cloth to remove the sanding dust. Give them 3-4 (or more) light coats of clear sealer.. Spraying them would give the smoothest finish (spray can will work, if you don't have a bulk sprayer) but you can use a brush too... brushing WITH the grain of the wood... This should give them a smoother surface that will not grab onto the dust as easily and make it easier to vacuum off.
    Also.... the dust may be clinging to surfaces because you have a lot of humidity in your home... you may have to start using a de-humidifier to deal with it.
  • Kim Kim on Nov 30, 2017
    I like to use vinegar and water 50/50 with a microfiber cloth. You may need to change your air exchange filter (heater-A/C) to keep down the dust. A monthly change out makes a big difference!