It is time to clean your garage doors; you’ve been staring at the dirt and grime on them every time you pull the car out. You’ve decided, no more! Today is the day you clean the garage doors. One question remains, How do you go about it the right way? How do you clean a garage door? Look no further. In This post, we’ll discuss exactly how to go about cleaning your garage doors. Keep reading to learn how to get them looking like new again!
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Cleaning your garage doors is a task that should be done at least once a year, and more if they’re exposed to the elements. If you live in an area with a lots of pollen or dust, you may need to clean them more often. The First step is to identify the garage door material and warranty information. Do this to ensure you do not void your warranty while you clean your garage door.
First: Know your garage door’s finish and warranty information
Does the door in our garage have wood or metal parts? You should have the knowledge before cleaning your garage door. Find the sticker at your garage door. The sticker has to show the model number on the garage door, which will be easily searched for in Google for which kind of door you use. After knowing this, remember these unique garage door cleaning and maintenance requirements.
Once you know what material the door needs to be cleaned daily, you are ready to work on the door.
What You Need to Clean Your Garage Door
Gather your cleaning supplies, and Let’s clean this door!
Cleaning your garage door is as easy as cleaning the automobile. You should have some essential cleaning equipment you will most likely have in your garage. You’ll need a soft cloth, mild soap, and a bucket of warm water. You may also need a ladder if your garage doors are out of reach.
Next, you’ll want to mix your mild soap in the bucket of warm water. Be sure to follow the instructions on the soap bottle. Once you have your soapy water mixture, take your soft cloth and dip it in.
Pre-Rinse your garage door to get rid of surface dirt
Although we don’t use a pressure washer to avoid damages and chipping the paint, this will get the dirt off the door. Most soaps are effective on wet surfaces. Leaving this step behind, you can easily push dirt into the door and damage its finish. Use an ultra-strong sprayer to clean the door, its linings, and weather stripping. Use gentle settings on nozzles. The purpose of the soap is to wash the dirt off the floor of your door.
Apply a mild detergent like car-wash soap using a sponge or glove
Make sure the washcloth can be applied by hand. Start at the top corner and continue to cross the door. Gently scrub the garage door, taking care to not use too much pressure. You don’t want to cause damage or break your garage door. Starting at the top left corner. Remember karate lessons here, wax on and wax off. Circular motions will perform better.
Rinse with your garden hose and wipe down the garage door
Use the same nozzle settings as before. It does not require a spraying device. It’s all about getting the soap off the garage door. Use clean water and a damp soft cloth to remove any soap residue. Then, dry the door with a clean towel. It’s time to check for spots and if there are stubborn dirt spots, use a wet cloth as necessary.
Apply Wax to add protection to your garage door
The final step is to protect your newly cleaned garage door with a coat of Wax. Waxing your garage door will help prevent dirt and grime from building up quickly. There are specific waxes made for garage doors, so be sure to use one of those; spray wax is the most common. Apply the Wax with a soft cloth, working in small sections until the entire door is covered. Let it dry completely before opening and closing the door.
Perform routine maintenance steps while cleaning your garage door
Routine maintenance is vital to keep your garage door functioning correctly. Here are some steps to follow:
1. Clean the door tracks with a damp cloth.
The best way to go when cleaning your garage door tracks is by using a damp cloth. This will help remove any dirt or debris blocking the door from opening and closing smoothly.
2. Inspect the rollers and hinges for dirt, debris, and rust.
Inspecting your garage door rollers and hinges is important to keep them functioning properly. Clean off any excess debris and rust with a damp cloth as necessary.
3. Lubricate the rollers and hinges with a silicone-based lubricant, usually in liquid form.
To lubricate the garage door rollers, you will need a silicone-based lubricant. Some good examples are 3-in-1 Professional Garage Door Lubricant and WD40 Specialist Silicone spray.
4. Check the springs for obvious signs of wear and tear.
If your garage door springs have significant wear and tear, it is crucial to replace them immediately. Failing to do that may cause more damage to the door or even injury. Contact a professional garage door repair company for assistance.
Now that you know what’s needed and how to clean garage doors, there’s no excuse for putting them off any longer. Get out there and give your doors the attention they deserve! Your car will thank you.
That’s it! By following these quick and simple tips, you can have clean garage doors that look like new. Be sure to wax them regularly to keep dirt and grime from building up to maintain an excellent curb appeal. Your car will thank you for keeping your garage doors clean! Thanks for reading.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I pressure wash the garage door?
Avoid pressure washing: Washing the door at high pressure may cause damage to the metal and paint. It’s best to use a regular garden hose and a good soap and water mix to remove the dirt.
What can I use to clean the inside of garage door?
The inside of your garage door can also be cleaned by following the same simple steps listed above. Ensure that you clean off any dirt or debris blocking the door from opening and closing smoothly.