Maintenance Matters: How to Care for Your Wood Doors and Keep Them Looking Beautiful

At Nick’s Building Supply, we understand the timeless appeal of wood doors. As a leading door wholesaler in the United States, we’re committed to providing high-quality products that enhance the beauty and functionality of homes across the county. From interior to exterior, we offer a vast selection of wooden doors that bring charm into your home. Here are some tips and techniques for caring for your wood doors, ensuring they remain as beautiful as the day they were installed. 

Regular Cleaning

Keeping your wood doors clean is essential for preserving their natural beauty. Use a soft cloth or sponge and mild soapy water to gently wipe down the surface of the door, removing dust, dirt, and fingerprints. Avoid harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, as they can damage the wood finish. 

Protecting Against Moisture

Wood doors are susceptible to moisture damage, which can lead to swelling, warping and rotting. To protect against moisture, make sure your doors are properly sealed with a high-quality wood sealant or varnish. Pay attention to exterior doors, as they are exposed to the elements. Regularly inspect and maintain the sealant to ensure optimal protection. 

Preventing Sun Damage

Exposure to sunlight can cause wood doors to fade and lose their color over time. To prevent sun damage, consider applying a UV-protective coating to your doors or using curtains, blinds, or shades to block direct sunlight for interior doors. Additionally, periodically inspect the finish of your doors for signs of fading or discoloration and reapply a protective coating as needed. 

Repairing Scratches and Dents

Despite your best efforts, scratches and dents are inevitable. Minor imperfections can often be remedied with simple DIY solutions. For shallow scratches, try rubbing a walnut or pecan over the affected area to mask the damage. Deeper scratches may require sanding and refinishing. Similarly, dents can be repaired by applying steam or heat to the affected area to swell the wood fibers back into place. 

Seasonal Maintenance

Wood doors can expand and contract with changes in temperature and humidity, leading to issues such as sticking or jamming. To minimize these problems, ensure that your doors are properly adjusted and aligned. Additionally, consider applying a fresh coast of sealant or varnish to your exterior doors before the start of the wet season to provide an extra layer of protection against moisture.

Nick’s Building Supply | The Nation’s Leading Door Wholesaler

At Nick’s Building Supply, we’re passionate about helping homeowners maintain the charm and elegance of their wood doors. By following these simple tips and incorporating regular maintenance into your routine, you can ensure that your doors remain as beautiful as the day they were installed. Remember, a little case goes a long way in preserving the natural beauty of wood doors for years to come. Visit our website or call 219-663-2279 to talk about any questions regarding maintenance today!