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How to install and look after an internal door

Though you may not think it, internal doors offer a warm welcome into any room of your house.
Before you even catch a glimpse of the room hiding behind it, many of us, if we have never been into a particular building before, will always judge the room behind a closed door on the door itself.
After all, would you enter a room with a knife sticking out of the door?
Visions of Halloween aside, doors provide a safe entry into any room of your house, and just like any piece of wooden furniture, doors need looking after too.

But first of all, how do you install an internal wooden door?

Before you begin installing the door, make sure that you handle it carefully, as there’s nothing worse than installing something that’s already damaged.

When fitting the door, make sure that it is fitted correctly and in accordance with a fit square. Check the manufacturer’s instructions for the exact specification for your door.

If your door is particularly heavy (over 20 kilograms), or it will be situated in a room that faces changing humidity and temperature (such as a bathroom or basement), then three hinges should be fitted to your door.
As many landlords renting their property to students often want to provide a safe and secure bedroom, they will often provide their own locks for the doors.

If drilling a lock into your door is something that you’re looking to do, then remember that mortices should not cut through joints of the door. Doing this will impair the structure of the door and the performance of the rail joint within it.

If you happen to purchase a fire resisting door, it is important that you do not alter any part of it on site. This must instead be done with permission of the door manufacturer and local fire officer.
If you do have any issues fitting your doors, then why not ask the professionals at Oakwood doors to fit your internal doors.

Door Finishing
Before you even consider applying any sort of finishing to your door, make sure that all surfaces and edges of the door are in good condition; realising this afterwards will be costly.
If the primer has deteriorated at all, make sure to recoat it before applying any finishing coats.

Ensuring Finishing
The secret to the best possible finish for any piece of wood, whether furniture or door, is to simply apply a series of sanding stages, gently working your way through less abrasive papers.
Remember however, to work with the grain and not against it. Whilst you’re working, ensure that sharp edges are slightly rounded to provide protection against breakdowns.

Looking after the door
Once that your door is completely fitted, you can start looking after your door through wax and polish treatment. Be wary though, as some doors are not suitable for waxes that contain teak oil.
Depending on the finish of your wood, you will need to look after your door to differing degrees.
For example untreated surfaces will require two coats of a clear preservative whereas if you were to apply wood stain to your door, you will need three.

Bear in mind also, not to use an interior wood stain on an exterior door and vice-versa.

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