A couple of years ago I bought a house. One of the things I really wanted was lots of wood. I have always been impressed with houses that has well finished wood throughout. The house was almost 60 years old and had hardwood flooring. The original wooden doors were painted. Well, those were the first thing to tackle. Little did I realize what a workout my arms would be getting :) I also would like to thanks the gang at www.thinkhaus.org for creating their hackerspace where I was able to make a dusty mess on a regular basis ;)
So obviously the first thing I did was take the door out of the house. I removed the door handle but left the door hinges as they too were painted and needed a good cleaning.