Maintaining Your Sliding Barn Door and Barn Door Hardware

Maintaining Your Sliding Barn Door and Barn Door Hardware

No matter how small your home is, optimizing your space is the key to making it feel inviting. Adding a sliding barn door to any one of your rooms will let you use more space in your home while giving it more charm and adoration. But, if you want to keep the adoration coming, look past your extra space and onto maintaining your sliding barn door.

Updating your door to a sliding barn door with the help of barn door hardware will slide it against the wall perfectly. This will eliminate the space that was once lost by the door swing. The popularity of the grand Victorian parlors gave sliding barn doors the comeback they deserve, making their way into closets, bedrooms, pantries, home offices and much more.

One of the best things about sliding barn doors is that they separate the older from newer. They give your home a touch of vintage, but without having to change your entire décor. You can customize them to your desire while matching it with the perfect hardware. However, it’s important to maintain it such as any other part of your home.

Cleaning Wood Doors

Because your sliding barn door is such an appealing part of your home, it’s very important to take make sure it looks good. Wood isn’t finicky, but your door is just as significant as the furniture in each room. Try following the below steps to keep your door looking pristine. 

  1. Use a soft rag to wipe the top of the door frames to remove the dust. Often times this will work better than a feather duster.
  2. After wiping the top, use a feather duster or rag to wipe all around the frame of the door.
  3. Once every few months, wipe the entire surface of the varnished wood door with oil soap using a soft rag. Be sure to wipe the door in the direction of the grain.
  4. Use an all-purpose cleaner to clean the barn door pulls. Wipe well to remove the dirt and then let it dry.
  5. If your door has a glass inset, like the glass panel sliding barn door, use glass cleaner inside and out to make it shine.

Cleaning Barn Door Hardware

Although your hardware is out of reach for little hands, it still can get very dirty. People continuously go in and out of rooms, leaving little bits of dust behind that can easily be transferred to the top of your barn door hardware. Below are the do’s and don’ts of cleaning your hardware.


  • Rub your hardware with olive oil if there are any streaks that are visible.
  • Clean and polish barn door hardware by moistening a cloth with undiluted white or cider vinegar and wipe clean.
  • Often times, any cleaner that is safe for glass is usually safe for stainless steel.


  • Never use coarse or old rags on your hardware. This can actually cause rust.
  • Never clean your hardware with mineral acids or bleaches.

Taking care your sliding barn door and barn door hardware will not only make your rooms pop, but it will also make the life of both last much longer. If you are looking for a new style and you want to add a sliding barn door to your home, contact us today.

At Artisan Hardware, we have a fit for every look and a variety of hardware to complete it. Check our blog often for more tips and tricks to keeping your home up-to-date and a few DIY projects you’ll love.