Can this beautiful door be salvaged?
Stagers Tips and Tricks,
Laura Baker, Ready? Set,...Sell!
Home Staging & ReDesign, Jefferson, South Central, WI
So, do you think Stagers do not get emotionally attached to their homes? Think again. I live in an home that is around 100 years old. It still has all the original woodwork. It has french doors with crystal knobs and all the original glass panels. At one point I had to remove one of the original french doors and store it out in the garage. Now, I am sure it is no surprise that I am a little cautious about how I store things of this type of value. Unfortunatelly, my "guy with the tool belt",... not so much! I call him Mr.Tuck & Shove, due to that is his method of storage and filing. I was out in the garage yesturday and to my horror, I did find the door. He had tucked it up onto the rafters in the top of the garage. Lots of "stuff" piled high on top of it. Just a few months ago we had a new roof put on the garage due to many leaks.
I went into the house and as sweetly as I could muster, asked my guy with the tool belt to get the door down and bring it in for me. When he brought it in and saw the tears welling in my eyes he offered to clean it up for me. So,... what was the best way to do this?
Here is the way the door looked when he brought it in;
So, what is the best way to clean up woodwork? There are several ways, but my favorite is (a trick I learned from someone who works in a company that does refinishing and referbishing for antiques);
1. Wash with warm water and spic'n'span (granular is best). This will clean and remove all gunk from the wood. Allow it to dry thouroughly (24 hours is good).
2. Rub into the wood lemon oil (my favorite), orange oil, Old English (besure to use the correct color ~ they have dark for darker stains, a medium for medium stains, a light for blonde woods and a clear). These are fabulas for making woodwork look fresh and new.
3. Allow that to soak in for a few hours (or even overnight), then clean glass window panels with your favorite glass cleaning solution and old newspapers.
This is the best time of year to oil up all your natural woodwork & Cabinets to keep it from drying out.
Do Not use these products on hardwood flooring! EVER!
And the results are as follows;
So, what do you think?
Before; & After;
Another door saved by
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