Your garage door is a highly visible, hard-working surface that is subjected to all sorts of use and abuse on a daily basis. And yet, during the spring cleaning season, we often neglect to give our garage doors the same kind of care that we give our homes’ windows, patios and other exterior areas.
Now’s a good time to expand your spring cleaning checklist to include the garage door. Here is a simple step-by-step set of instructions that will teach you how to clean your garage door.
Clean the garage door when you wash the carIf you have a steel garage door then you’ll probably notice that dirt & grime likes to collect in the grooves of the sections (especially if the door faces a street). The next time you have the hose & bucket out and you’re washing your car take a few minutes to show your garage door some love by washing it also. In addition to making your house look better it will also give you a chance to look over the door & make sure everything is working properly.
Hose the door down with some water and then take a soapy sponge & wipe the sections just like washing the car. We don’t recommend using a power washer since it can actually take the paint off of the sections if there are any nicks or scratches in the paint. A good old garden hose & sponge will work just fine. Hose off all the soap suds and hand dry with a towel. If you are feeling adventurous you could wax the sections but be warned that most garage door sections have simulated wood-grain type grooves in them and it can take some time to get the wax out of all of those grooves. Just hand washing the sections every six to twelve months will be plenty to keep the door looking great.
If you don’t want to spray water inside of your garage then just use a damp cloth to wipe down the inside of the garage door. Most likely the inside of the door won’t be near as dirty as the outside. This is also a good time to look over the door & see if any parts need replaced. The rollers should be able to roll freely. Check the hinges for cracks and the cables for frays. If any parts are in need of replacement and you’re handy with tools visit us at the Garage Door Zone for replacement parts.
You should clean the garage door once a month to keep it clean and ensure that you clear all the dirt off the door.
When working on the garage door, if you notice any mechanical errors or the door will not close or open, then you should immediately call 365 Overhead Door & Gate at (214) 980-2015. Our technicians can also perform maintenance tasks such as fixing the tension in the springs or lubricate the rolling tracks.