Asked on Jan 14, 2018

Does anyone know an easy way to clean wooden louvered bifold doors?

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  • Lorrie Lorrie on Jan 14, 2018
    Hi. If anyone has a brighter idea than I, please respond! Lol
    if you have the strength to lift them down and shower them off in your shower or out of doors I find it the easiest way. A light spray of gentle dishwashing detergent water a good rinse. But then drip dry and rehang in their tracks. If they are heavy...it won’t work for me.

  • Sherrie Sherrie on Jan 14, 2018
    A paint brush gets into all those small areas.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jan 14, 2018
    My mom always put a thin rag around a butter knife and the rag was wetted with whatever she used to condition her wood with. She had stained wood louvers on all her closet doors and they always looked fantastic.

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    • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jan 14, 2018
      Sorry, when you said wooden I assumed they were stained wood. Just use the same way and use water instead, I wouldn't think you could use any kind of soap because you would have a hard time rinsing it, and the water should pick up the dust and dirt easily, just rinse the rag when you need to.

  • Janet Panos Janet Panos on Jan 14, 2018
    Here is a suggestion from the Internet, which seems to be used by a number of folks. Check it out at the link below. Good luck!


  • Lorrie Lorrie on Jan 14, 2018
    My other suggestion then would be to place towels on the floor underneath them and spray them in place if need be. Still messy but manageabe. Here I s have a fuzzy synthetic cottony top toilet bowl cleaning wand which I use to reach and scrub windows and to push into crevices. A butter knife with a cloth could also be used to get between the slats. I find that my doors in the kitchen get that heavy oiled build up of grease over time and Blue Dawn dishwashing detergent is the best For removing it. I’ve not had it destroy wooD. Best wishes!

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Jan 14, 2018
    I use a big soft sponge, with warm water with Dawn liquid and vinegar. This cuts the grease, oil and steam stains from the wood, without peeling the paint, in most cases. I also put a large towel on the floor under where I am cleaning because the doors are going to be dripping wet. Then I hand dry the doors with another towel. If they need painting, I know I have a clean surface to work on. Please document with photos and narrative and post it on Hometalk.com. Best wishes ☺️