Owners of mahogany ETO doors take great pride in the appearance of their home. That’s one of the reason why they invested more in the expensive wood. Unfortunately, improper care will quickly take its toll on your door. When a door is well-maintained, it enhances the entire appearance of your home. And when a door is neglected, it has the opposite effect. Thankfully, the following tips will help you properly maintain your mahogany doors, ensuring their beauty for years to come.
Avoid Excess Moisture
Like other wood products, excess moisture will negatively affect mahogany. That is why it is important to never use a power washer to clean any mahogany wood. If water must be used to clean the door, do so with a cloth dampened in water and then immediately wipe dry with a clean cloth.
Use a Soft Damp Cloth for Cleaning
The best way to clean mahogany is to dampen a soft, lint-free cloth in a solution of warm water and distilled white vinegar. Rub the door in even strokes. Once cleaned, wipe the excess solution off with a dry, lint-free cloth. Vinegar is a natural cleaner, de-greaser and deodorizer.
Avoid Abrasive Cleaners
Caustic and abrasive cleaners will cause staining, discoloration and even remove the finish from the door. That is why you should never use abrasive cleaners on the wood. For best results, follow the manufacturer guidelines for properly cleaning your doors.
Keep a Controlled Indoor Environment
The humidity levels in your home naturally rise and fall, especially in the winter months. This will cause your wood doors to contract and expand. By maintaining a controlled indoor environment, you will help prevent this from occurring. Running a humidifier in the winter months, when the air indoors is typically dry, will help prevent the wood from drying out, as well as keeping your home more comfortable.
Environmental wear can leave your door looming dull and listless. It can cause changes in the texture and color of the finish. When you notice your door looking less than desirable, it may be time to have it refinished. While you can refinish the door yourself, it is always best to seek the help of a professional. This is particularly true if you have no experience refinishing a mahogany door. Before you refinish a door, always consult with the manufacturer. Refinishing a door that is still under warranty could void the warranty.