Guide to Cleaning Painted Wood Doors
- Make a cleaning solution for your door by mixing warm water and mild dish soap or water and ammonia. …
- Use a dry rag to dust off any loose dirt from your painted wood door.
- Using a sponge or a clean cloth, wash the door with your cleaning solution, moving from the top to the bottom.
Start with a 1-gallon bucket filled with warm water:
- Pour in an ounce of dish soap for a mild cleaner that will remove dirt and grim from interior painted doors and most…
- Use ammonia as an alternative to dish soap. Mix in a ratio of 1 to 2 cups per gallon of water, depending on the strength…
- Mix 1/4 cup of trisodium phosphate for extreme cleaning power. TSP is a…
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Frequently Asked Questions
What should I use to clean doors before painting?
Even if your door is not too dirty, give it a cleaning with soap and water, and then rinse with clean water to remove any soap residue. If you are going to be painting over an oil-based paint with latex, you must first sand* it lightly and prime it with a good gripping primer.
What to clean exterior doors with?
To clean doors, wash with mild soap and water, rinse with clear water and wipe dry. Keep weather stripping clean of dirt and grit for proper seal. Wash with mild soap and water, rinse with clear water and wipe dry. Apply a light coat of furniture wax and wipe off excess.