i want a clean front door!!
our front door is a fright. the actual door and sidelights are this beautiful leaded glass. the edges are beveled so the sunlight that comes in is lovely. the surround is in oak that was shellaced. i don't think a single thing has been done to this door since it was placed there in 1907. it still has the original screen door and old elaborate key. my problem is that the outside is covered in spiders and eggs and webs. we haven't really used the door since we moved in a year ago because of all the spiders and general nastiness.
do i just go after it w/ a brush and some murphy's oil soap? what would be the best way to clean the outside of this door without harming it? and i would also like to redo the shellac eventually or would something else do a better job of protection.