Asked on Sep 15, 2019

How do I clean old wooden front doors?

BetsyLifestyles HomesCynthia H


Our front doors are dingy looking would like to bring the wood back to its original shine, that cannot be harmed by hot sun, and will last a few years

3 answers
  • Cynthia H
    on Sep 15, 2019

    Sanding them down and refinishing them with a stain and sealer for exterior use would give you the longest lasting result. Taking them down to work on would be your best bet. Or you can scrub them down with cleaning products and seal the wood with wax.

  • Lifestyles Homes
    on Sep 15, 2019

    That’s more than cleaning, if the existing surface has been harmed by the UV exposure.

    After cleaning them with Murphy’s oil soap, I would evaluate if they need re-staining or if they can be clear coated with Marine varnish or what needs to be done.

  • Betsy
    on Sep 16, 2019

    Hi Maggie: Here is a site for hardwood floors. It just might work for your door:

    Give it a try:) Good luck

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