How to clean hinge dust off woodwork/doors?

2ajsmamaMay 12, 2010

I've got lovely black oily dust from my cheap hinges all over my doors and casings. Some are finished with poly, others are unfinished. What can I use to clean the black marks off without damaging the poly finish? What about the unstained pine? I'm starting cleaning the hinges (need recommendations for that too) and pins on the finished doors one at a time, in place, and using white lithium grease. I'll do the unfinished doors one at a time as I finish them.

Damp cloth doesn't quite get everything off (esp. in grooves) of the finished doors.


Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

If the wood is smooth, use a magic eraser, if not so smooth, use a microfiber. My preferred cleaner would be Dirtex.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2010 at 6:59PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Liquid dish soap and water, mix just like you were doing dishes. That will work just fine on the poly. It will also work on the unfinished stuff, maybe with a toothbrush to get in cervices. That will raise the grain on the unfinished wood, however.

You might try paint thinner on the unfinished wood. That can still raise the grain, but should do so less.

Sanding will restore the surfaces. 150 grit with a hand sanding block.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2010 at 7:55PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Right size tip-out tray for kitchen sink cabinet
My kitchen sink cabinet is 24" wide. I want to...
black lacquer touch-up
how do i touch-up black lacquer furniture? Small areas...
southern yellow pine ceilings - how to tone down yellow
Hi, all. We are currently building: natural cherry...
Kitchen Island panel made from veneer??
So we just had custom cabinets made for our kitchen...
Advice on finishing outdoor cypress mantel
Hello all, I have a wood finishing dilemma. I have...
Jack Mason
Sponsored Products
Black and Copper Koi 38-ounce Teapot
Black Estate Monogram Coco Mat
$59.50 | FRONTGATE
Landmann Haywood Protective Fire Pit Cover - 29370
$45.98 | Hayneedle
Miraflores Waste Basket
$225.00 | FRONTGATE
Brushed Nickel Bath 3-Light Halogen
Torre Silver Foil Bronze Two-Light Sconce
$243.00 | Bellacor
Silo Eight-Light Pendant
$778.00 | Bellacor
Blazing Needles Tropical 18-inch Square Microsuede Throw Pillows (Set of 2)
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™