Business owners who invest in a wooden door for the exterior of their business usually do so because they love the look of wood – the beauty of the grains, the warm tones, and the calming feeling we get from natural products. But most know that their choice also comes with a responsibility to care for the door to make it last to get the most out of the investment.

We’re not talking about warping.

Most exterior wood doors these days are no longer solid slabs, and it’s a good thing too, because that solid design was prone to warping from moisture. Today’s doors are engineered to hold up much better against the elements. Most exterior wooden doors are made of sections glued together in a wooden core, which performs better than solid wood so that it doesn’t twist, warp and become deformed over time. The beautiful outer layer is really a thick veneer. Don’t let that bother you, however – the well-crafted, quality engineered modern door isn’t a cheap piece of junk. Unlike its forebear, the solid door, it is designed – with proper care – to last for many years.

Signs Your Door Needs Help

There’s just no way around it. You – or someone – will have to put some elbow grease into maintaining the wooden exterior door. Abrasive dirt, wind, moisture and ultraviolet rays will take their toll. Signs of needing attention are these:

  • Finish looks hazy
  • Paint peeling
  • Rough or dry feel
  • Dark streaks in wood
  • Cracks in the finish

Caring for Your Door

The best step you can take in caring for your wooden door is to hire a professional to inspect and maintain it. If it needs restoration, it’s best to find someone with experience to do it for you. Otherwise, here are some tasks you may be able to perform:

  • Clean solid wood doors with a wood cleaning product such as Murphy Oil Soap. This product cleans the door, polishing and protecting it. It also doesn’t leave streaks. Clean other types of doors with mild soap and water.
  • Wipe the door down with a soft rag.
  • Use glass cleaner to clean any window separately, and to polish up door knobs and lock fixtures. If your door has brass fixtures, use brass cleaner.
  • Oil hinges.
  • Check now and then that the area under the door near the jamb is clean and free of dirt and debris.A well-maintained exterior door sends a more inviting message to your customers and will boost your curb appeal.