Sliding barn doors greatly enhance the interior décor of your home. The rustic charm it provides can make any room look fresh.
Like any other part of your home, it is important that you clean your barn door on a regular basis. When cleaned regularly, a customized interior sliding barn door will last for many years.
Here are effective steps in cleaning your sliding barn doors:
Sanitize the Doors
Use soapy water to remove the accumulated dirt on the door. Apply soap to a clean rag and gently wipe the entire surface of the door. When cleaning the door, start from the bottom and slowly wipe the door upwards. Clean the grooves and ledges on the surface of the door. Use a dry rag and wipe the door gently.
Do not forget to clean the door handles as well. Using a rag and a disinfectant, disinfect the door handle and let the solution sit for a few minutes to kill the bacteria. Gently wipe off any excess solution.
Polish to Make Them Shine
Avoid using any silicone-based polish. Although silicone may make a door shiny, it sucks the moisture in the wood making it brittle and dry. Instead, apply white or cider vinegar on a clean cloth and gently wipe the surface of the door. This will keep the surface nice and shiny. It will also preserve the moisture of the wood.
Hide the Scratches
After cleaning and polishing, inspect the door for any scratches. If you notice any unsightly scrapes on your door, use pigmented wax to hide them. It is a great way to hide nicks on the door’s surface. Before applying pigmented wax on the scratches, test it by applying a dab of wax at one corner of the door. Check after one hour to see if it has worked properly.
The first thing visitors see before they enter any room is a door. You can create a good first impression to your guests if you clean your sliding barn doors using these three practical techniques.