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General Preparation and Finishing Instructions

Applying a finish to your product in a timely fashion is extremely important. A high-quality finish will help protect your doors and sidelites as well as enhance their beauty. Proper preparation will go a long way toward achieving the desired results.


  • Applying a stain finish to hardwood can enhance its appearance, add depth to the wood grain, and protect the surface. Here’s a general guide on how to apply a stain finish on hardwood:


    1. Preparation:
    a. Ensure the hardwood surface is clean and free from dust, dirt, and any previous finishes.
    b. Sand the wood using progressively finer grits of sandpaper. Woodnlite rails come with a 220 grit finish for a smooth surface.
    c. Wipe away all dust using a tack cloth or a damp cloth. Allow the wood to dry completely.

    2. Optional Wood Conditioner:
    a. Some stains recommend using a wood conditioner before applying the stain to ensure an even finish. Check the instructions on your specific stain for guidance.
    b. Apply the wood conditioner as directed, usually with a brush or cloth, and allow it to penetrate the wood for the recommended time.

    3. Stir the Stain:
    a. Stir the stain thoroughly using a stir stick. Make sure to mix it well, especially if it has been sitting for a while.

    4. Application of Stain:
    a. Using a brush or a rag, apply the stain in the direction of the wood grain.
    b. Allow the stain to penetrate the wood for the recommended time specified on the product label.
    c. Wipe off any excess stain with a clean cloth or rag.

    5. Drying:
    a. Allow the stain to dry completely according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This typically takes a few hours.

    6. Optional Sealing:
    a. If desired, apply a clear polyurethane or varnish to seal and protect the stained wood. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application and drying times.
    b. Sand lightly between coats if multiple coats are recommended.

    7. Final Inspection:
    a. Once the stain and any sealant have dried, inspect the hardwood surface for any imperfections or uneven areas.

    Remember to follow the specific instructions provided by the manufacturer of the stain and any additional products you use, as different products may have unique application and drying requirements. Always work in a well-ventilated area and wear appropriate safety gear.

Cleaning & Maintenance

Cleaning and Maintaining the Finish of Wood Doors and Sidelites Rails

Cleaning and maintaining wood and glass doors is essential to preserve their beauty and functionality. Regular care helps prevent damage from dirt, grime, and environmental factors. Here’s a guide on how to clean and maintain wood and glass doors:

Cleaning Wood Doors:

  1. Dust Removal:

    • Begin by dusting the door with a soft, lint-free cloth or a feather duster.
    • Pay attention to corners, grooves, and decorative elements where dust tends to accumulate.
  2. Gentle Cleaning Solution:

    • Mix a solution of mild soap or dish detergent with water.
    • Dampen a soft cloth or sponge in the soapy water and gently wipe the door’s surface.
    • Avoid using abrasive cleaners or scouring pads, as they can damage the finish.
  3. Stain Removal:

    • For stubborn stains, use a mixture of baking soda and water to form a paste.
    • Apply the paste to the stained area, let it sit for a few minutes, and then gently scrub with a soft brush or cloth.
    • Wipe away the paste and residue with a clean, damp cloth.
  4. Sealing (if applicable):

    • If your wood door has a protective finish, check for any signs of wear.
    • Reapply a clear seal to protect the wood and enhance its longevity.

Maintaining Glass Doors:

  1. Dust and Debris Removal:

    • Wipe the glass surface with a soft, lint-free microfiber cloth to remove dust and loose debris.
  2. Glass Cleaner:

    • Use a commercial glass cleaner or make your own by mixing equal parts white vinegar and water.
    • Spray the cleaner onto the glass and wipe it clean with a lint-free cloth or paper towel.
  3. Frame and Hardware:

    • Clean the door frame and hardware with a mild soapy solution and a soft cloth.
    • Ensure that hinges, handles, and locks are free from dirt and grime.
  4. Avoid Harsh Cleaners:

    • Avoid using abrasive cleaners or rough materials that can scratch the glass surface.
    • Be cautious with ammonia-based cleaners, as they may damage certain types of glass.
  5. Preventive Measures:

    • Consider applying a glass protectant or coating to make cleaning easier and repel water spots.
    • General Tips:
  • Wipe spills or stains promptly to prevent damage.
  • Avoid excessive water use, especially around wooden components.
  • Conduct routine inspections for any signs of wear, damage, or need for repairs.

By following these guidelines, you can keep your wood and glass doors looking pristine and ensure their long-term durability.

For additional information on controlling condensation, check the Window and Door Manufacturers Association website at www.wdma.com.

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