Some people love the look of a wooden door rather than one that is painted over. The problem with this is that the door can become damaged over time because of the sun. Proper protection of your wooden door from sun damage requires doing the right maintenance techniques. Learn all about protecting your gorgeous wooden door from damages caused by the sun below.

Regular cleaning and maintenance

A surface being cleaned with soap and sponge

To keep your door protected, it is highly important that it is maintained. This means that you need to ensure that you regularly clean your door as to avoid any issues like staining on your door. If you haven’t cleaned your door in a long time, then this may mean that you need to put more elbow grease into it and use harsher chemicals. After you go through this step, you can simply use dish soap and hot water with a soft sponge to perform regular cleaning on your door. After you have cleaned the door, you would also want to make sure that you put oil on it as well, although this is something that you should do more often. The door should be cleaned at least once a week for it to keep looking great.

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What type of oil should you use? The best type of oil that you can use will depend on the type of door that you have. For the most part, you will want to pick something that has either Tung or linseed oil. Some options will even have both. You will get the best results when you use pure linseed oil, but the problem with this is that it will take a lot longer to dry. Linseed oil is the best option that you can choose to extend the longevity of your exterior wooden door.

Protection via UV-blockers

A blue double door covered by a tree

After you have cleaned and oiled your door, you will want to finish this off by using a varnish that contains UV-blockers in it. If your door is in good condition but you don’t have a UV-blocking varnish or you are uncertain if you do, it can be a good idea to completely refinish your door with this type of varnish. What’s even better about these types of varnishes is that they are also going to protect your door from humidity, rain, extreme weather, and snow.

Additional protection for any weather

In some cases, you will have to go through the refinishing process to restore your door before you can finish it with a weatherproof varnish. This can be a more extensive process, but it can be more than worth it if you want to retain the natural beauty of your door. You can easily refinish your door over the weekend, giving it new life and giving you the ability to weatherproof the door. By weatherproofing your door, you also continually extend its lifespan. Replacing doors can be very expensive, which is why maintenance is so important. These tips alone ensure that your wooden door looks gorgeous for as long as you live in your house.

Pieter Boyce - Wooden Window and door specialist

Pieter Boyce
Wooden Window and Door Specialist

This article was written on behalf of The Wooden Door Company by Pieter Boyce. Pieter has an intense passion for English Architectural history and has been specialising in the conservation of original wooden windows and doors for decades. His exceptional knowledge of timber windows and doors, both listed or non-listed, is attributed to his hands-on approach to learning all aspects of the complete restoration of original features as well as having personally surveyed thousands of items throughout his long tenure as a head surveyor for one of the largest window and door restoration companies in the UK. He now runs a boutique wooden window and door consultancy and fervently champions the retention of original windows and doors. To learn more of Pieter’s services, visit his website at www.boultonboyce.co.uk.