Tips for Caring for Mahogany Wood Doors
Doors made from mahogany wood can add elegance and class to your home. Mahogany is one of the most widely used hardwoods for construction and furniture making. The wood has an attractive natural color that changes with time. Initially, the wood gives a pink hue which later changes to caramel. It has a high resistance to stains, scratches, insect damage and rot. It also copes well under the effects of weather, compared to oak and pine. When well maintained, your mahogany doors can last a life time. A few tips can help you keep your doors in great condition for longer.
If there’s one thing that diminishes the beauty of mahogany, it is dust accumulation. This causes the doors to loose their luster and become dull. To prevent this, it is best to dust the doors frequently. Use soft cloths and change as soon as one becomes dirty. Dust your doors twice a week, to keep them clean and attractive.
Dirt and Grime Removal
This can be effectively removed with a solution of white vinegar and warm water. Mix 2 cups of white vinegar and 1 cup of water. Dip a rag into the solution and wring it so that it remains damp. Use the rag to wipe away dirt and grime from your mahogany door. It is best to have several rags, so that you can replace them as they become dirty. Be sure to wipe in the direction of the grain, so that the door retains its natural grain pattern.
Your mahogany door may develop scratches at some point. These are a minor issue, although you may prefer the door to be without them altogether. A simple yet effective solution is to apply iodine on the scratches. Use a thin paintbrush to apply the iodine directly to the scratches. The iodine colors the scratches which makes them less visible.
Application of wax, once a month, helps to protect your door from wear and tear. Direct sunlight, in particular, causes the doors to loose their luster. Wax helps the wood to retain its natural shine. Apply wax with a soft cloth over the door surface. Be sure to apply in the direction of the grain. Once you’ve applied wax, wipe the door with a dry cloth so that it shines. Do not use wax that contains lemon oil, as this may ruin the appearance of your mahogany.
It is a good idea to apply a stain to your mahogany doors periodically. This preserves the natural beauty of mahogany, protects it from damage and also extends longevity. Use a stain combined with a sealer for best results. Be sure to obtain a stain that is especially suitable for mahogany. Do not use lacquer-based products, as they can damage the wood. Allow the door to dry overnight after the first application of stain. Sand the wood and clear the dust from the door. You can then apply 2 coats of a clear finish.