Wood doors are the bain of my cleaning days. Making a mistake when cleaning wooden doors can cost you hours of cleaning time to correct your mistake. In his post, I’m going to give you some amazing cleaning tips on how to clean wooden doors like a professional!

Remember, your door may only need a quick dusting and then a spot clean on stubborn marks rather than soaking the whole door. I would only wash the whole door if it was actually really dirty. If you dust your doors regularly and clean any fingerprints as they occur, you should never need to do much more than a quick rub over with a damp cloth every few months.

However, if your door is really yucky, follow these tips to get them sparkling clean and shining bright like a diamond!

Why not check out my others posts in the cleaning section like how to clean sticky wood kitchen cabinets.

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How to clean gloss painted wooden doors.

  • Firstly dry dust the door with a feather duster to remove any grime and dirt.
  • Using an old toothbrush, paintbrush or detailing brush, get into the corners of any coving where the feather duster can’t reach.
  • Wipe the door with a solution of dish soap and warm water and use a microfiber cloth, paying attention to any greasy marks, fingerprints, tea and coffee stains.
  • Dry the door thoroughly with a towel or paper towel

Cleaning white painted doors

  • Do not use a bleach solution on white paintwork as this will cause the white gloss paint to go yellow over time.
  • Use a paste of water and baking soda to remove any stubborn stains after you have dusted. Then rinse thoroughly.
  • Clean any glass with a glass cloth and some window spray.
  • Read this post to find out how to get streak-free windows and glass every time!
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How to clean varnished wood doors.

  • Remove any dust using a feather duster.
  • Spot clean any areas of dirt with a damp cloth and a soapy water solution.
  • Dry thoroughly.
  • Polish the door using a soft duster and a solvent-based furniture polish specially formulated for varnished doors.

How to clean unvarnished wooden doors.

  • Most of the time a light dust will be all that you need to keep your unvarnished wooden doors clean.
  • Sometimes you may need a better clean than just a light dust.
  • Following the steps above, spot clean any marks off the wood, being careful not to oversoak the wood.
  • Dry thoroughly.

How to clean stained wood doors

  • Clean the door with a damp cloth to remove any dust or debris.
  • Wipe down the door using a furniture wax or door polish as directed on the tin.

How to clean a front door.

  • Cleaning exterior wooden doors is a job I love, as a clean door always makes the home look welcoming.
  • During the summer months, I brush my exterior wooden doors with a soft brush to remove dust and cobwebs.
  • From September onwards, I like to wipe my exterior doors with warm soapy water to remove any wintery grime and watermarks paying particular attention to the doorstep and interior skirting boards.
  • I then dry the door thoroughly to avoid any watermarks.

Cleaning wood doors with vinegar.


I would never use the same cleaning product on my wooden doors as I do on my kitchen countertops as the harsh chemicals will eventually ruin the surface of my wooden doors. So what do I do when I need to disinfect my door?

  • I will use a solution of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water with a few drops of tea tree oil added.
  • I wipe down the door from top to bottom being careful not to over soak the wood
  • Then dry it thoroughly with a towel.

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