Exterior doors lead to the outside of a home and can face constant weathering. Wood, however, is especially prone to water and sun damage.
Fortunately, that susceptibility doesn’t mean you have to compromise for a door you don’t want.
Read on to learn more about how to clean and maintain your wooden exterior doors to keep them looking beautiful for years to come.
How Long Wooden Exterior Doors Last?
Your exterior doors are going to take the brunt of the weather, regardless of rain, snow, or heat. The weather can cause wooden doors to experience fading, wood rot, and other forms of damage. That said, when properly taken care of, even the weakest of woods can last up to 30 years.
Other types of wood, like mahogany, can last 60 years or more. It all depends on the type of wood you have and how much time you’re willing to put into maintaining your door.
Additionally, when it comes to painted versus stained wooden doors, a painted wooden door will last longer due to the added protective paint layer. The paint protects your door from the elements, and the color will take longer to fade than a stain.
How To Clean Your Wooden Exterior Door
Like with any door, you’re going to want to remove loose dirt and dust. You can use a soft rag or duster, but if you use a vacuum, be sure to use a soft-bristled nozzle to avoid leaving scratch marks.
For more stubborn dirt, you can use a soft sponge and diluted soap. Gently scrub the door to remove debris.
To get your door looking shiny and new depends entirely on whether you stained or painted your door. Ideally, stained doors should use polish or furniture wax to keep your door looking shiny.
If your door has a paint coating, you can wash it again with a diluted soap and water mixture for extra shine.
How To Maintain Your Wooden Exterior Door
If your door doesn’t have a finish or the finish is beginning to look dull, you’ll want to repolish. Polyurethan polish is waterproof but tends to yellow over time, while varnish is long-lasting and highly resistant to UV rays. If you’re looking for more of a matte finish, lacquer polish dries quickly and won’t shine.
You’ll also want to check your door’s weather stripping at least twice a year. Make sure there are no drafts or gaps. Poor weatherstripping allows outside air and even water in, which can damage the door frame.
Lastly, clean your hinges, locks, and other pieces of your door’s hardware at least once a year. You can fix any squeaky hinges with a white lithium grease spray.
Now that you know how to clean and maintain your wooden exterior doors, you can be sure that your wooden door continues to enhance your home’s exterior for years to come.
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