How To Restore an Interior Wood Door

Wooden doors are unique in that they tarnish over time due to dirt, dust, and all kinds of tough love from pet paws and dirty hands. Fortunately, you can revitalize your home’s doors with maintenance. Through planning, patience, and following these simple steps, you’ll learn how to restore an interior wood door that will further enhance your home’s appearance.

Deep Clean the Surface

Mix wax and polish remover, and then use a wool cloth to apply the mix to your door. After a few minutes, use a cotton cloth to wipe away dirt and grime. Remember to wear gloves during this step to avoid getting any chemicals on your hands. Allow the door to dry for at least 24 hours.

Cover Screws

Conceal visible, inset screws using wooden doweling to fill holes. First, clamp the dowel with a G-clamp so that you can file it with glass paper. Then, apply glue to ensure the doweling stays, and knock it into place with a mallet. Saw off the excess doweling, and you’ve finished this step. Make sure to wipe off excess glue with a damp sponge before it dries.

Fill Holes With Filler

You can use wood filler to fill in most wooden doors’ cracks, gaps, and holes. You might also consider using wax filler sticks as an alternative to replacing the damage. With a filling knife, work the material to fill the spaces evenly.

Use Finishing Oil

The step we’ve all been waiting for: adding that shine. Using a brush or cloth, apply the first coat of finishing oil to your door. After ten minutes of allowing the oil to nourish the wood, wipe off excess oil with a clean cloth and apply additional coats every five hours to enhance the door’s features further.

Replace Hinges and Bolts

If your door was victim to natural wear and tear, it’s probably time to replace rusty hinges with new options. You might have to drill new holes to secure the hinges in place.

Clean Latches and Locks

Remove tarnish and restore shine to latches using a brass or copper cleaner and a steel wool cloth. Once dry, use a clean cotton cloth and brass or copper finish to buff latches to a shine.

Now that you’ve learned how to restore an interior wood door, it’s time to get to work. You can allow your home’s doors to shine in their best light using these helpful tips.

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