by Lee Wyatt
(last updated March 22, 2021)
If you happen to live in an older home then you may want to learn the secret of restoring white doors. By learning how to restore the white colored doors that you have in your home, you can often save huge amounts of money by avoiding repainting or replacing the doors themselves. The first step in doing this though lies in learning why the doors may become discolored over time.
There are actually a few reasons why a door that has been painted white would turn yellow over time. The first reason is usually due to some kind of smoke damage. It could be from a fireplace, wood stove, or even wood furnace which didn't have a flue open all the way. Another form of smoke damage is from tobacco smoke. Even if you (or those in your family) rarely smoke inside, the paint on the doors seem to attract the smoke like a magnet. Another reason that your doors could become discolored over time is due to sprays that you used inside. Such sprays could include things like air fresheners, furniture polish, hair spray, and so forth. Lastly, your door could have been painted with some kind of defective paint. Luckily, all of these methods, except for the last, can be cleaned by using a simple cleaner that you can make at home. If it is the last reason, and you usually won't know until you have tried to clean the doors, you will have to repaint the door.
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