In Remodeling our century old farm house, I took down one of the original doors, saved it and now it’s time to restore it and hang it once again. The Door’s hardware was one of the most important reasons I wanted to keep this door. With decades and generations of multiple coats of paint, it was time to get serious about cleaning them up. I learned that soaking them in vinegar released the dirt, grime and all that paint. Even better, if allowed to soak in a pan (covered with the vinegar) in the oven on low heat for a few hours, very little was left to do but brush it a bit to remove all the gunk.