This is an excellent question. Although any cleaning is preferable than none, we recommend cleaning your interior oak doors at least once a month, and ideally every week if you have a highly busy household. The process will be easier if you do it frequently because there would be less stains and dirt to remove each time.
How to Take Care of Oak Doors
Internal oak doors can take a beating from family life. Although oak is a sturdy, solid wood, it still need a little TLC now and again to maintain its appearance and extend the life of your doors. Regular cleaning will remove the inevitable discoloration and dust, but you can also treat your oak doors with oils and waxes to avoid excessive filth accumulation and add a lustrous shine to this lovely, richly colored wood. Here’s how to take care of oak doors in your home:
You’ll need the following items:
Sheet of dust
Cloth made of microfiber
a large paintbrush, as well as a paint tray
Tape for masking
Pad for finishing (low grit)
a tin of the door oil of your choice
A word on the difference between treated and untreated oak doors
If your oak door hasn’t been treated yet, simply follow the steps below. If your door has been oiled before, do a patch test on a small area first to observe how the new oil lays and reacts – this is especially crucial if you’re not sure if you’re using the same oil as before. Once you’re satisfied that the new oil patch test looks good, you may move on to the next step in the oak door treatment process.
Before you begin, make sure to:
Before you begin treating an oak door, you must take precautions and take preventative steps. To begin, put on protective gear such as overalls, an apron, or something old that you don’t mind getting dusty and muddy.
Second, if necessary, lay down dust sheets to protect your flooring, and ensure that the area is well-ventilated by opening windows or working outside in a workshop or garage. This brings us to our final step in the preparation process: remove your oak door from its hinges and lay it flat on two trestles, as well as all hardware such as hinges and handles. Before you begin, make sure that any glass parts on your door are properly covered.
Here’s how to apply oil and wax on oak doors:
1. Make sure your door is clean and dry before stirring your door oil and squeezing a tiny amount into your paint tray with your paint brush.
2. Using your large paintbrush, load some oil from your tray onto the oak door surface and apply it in long, equal strokes. When treating an oak door, brush in the direction of the wood grain, just as you would when cleaning.
3. Wipe away any extra oil with your microfibre cloth, continue moving in the direction of the grain, once you’ve finished treating the entire surface. Wait for your door to dry according to the manufacturer’s specifications, which is normally around 4 hours.
4. After your door has dried, denibbing is required. This is the procedure of eliminating flaws in the oil finish between coats with your finishing pad. With your pad, denib the entire surface, being careful not to apply too much pressure. You should now have a smooth, imperfect-free surface.
5. Repeat steps 3–4 to apply a second coat of oil.
6. Flip your door over and repeat the process on the opposite side once the final layer has dry. You can now oil the top and sides of the door to provide the maximum protection possible.
7. Once the door is completely dry, reattach the handles, reveal any glazing, and rehang it. Instead of using two coats of oil in the future, you can simply apply one new layer.
Is it necessary to treat oak doors on a regular basis?
Cleaning oak doors should be done once a month or once a week, while oiling and treating oak doors should only be done once every three years or so. This is only a suggestion; if you believe your door is looking a little worn, it may be time to give it a makeover.