Cleaning your garage doors is an essential part of structural maintenance that is often overlooked. Over time, dirt, dust, and grime can accumulate, making them look dull and reducing their overall curb appeal.
Regular cleaning can prolong their lifespan and ensure they continue to function correctly. Here are the steps to follow so that you properly clean your garage doors.
1. Get the Equipment
Before starting the cleaning process, gather all the necessary tools and materials. These items might include a bucket, mild detergent or garage door cleaner, a soft sponge or cloth, a garden hose, and a ladder to reach the top surfaces.
2. Inspect the Garage Doors
Take a close look at your garage doors to identify any areas that require special attention. Look for stains, bird droppings, or any other stubborn dirt requiring extra cleaning.
3. Remove the Debris
Start by removing any loose dirt or debris from the garage door’s surface. Use a broom or a soft brush to sweep away leaves, cobwebs, or other items accumulated in the corners or crevices.]
4. Prepare Your Cleaning Solution
Fill a bucket with warm water and add a mild detergent designed to clean garage doors. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding the appropriate dilution ratio. You can also use a product recommended for your specific installation.
If you have any questions about what to use, consider reaching out to your installer to ensure you’re using something that won’t void your warranty or cause damage.
5. Clean the Garage Doors
Dip a soft sponge or cloth into the cleaning solution and gently scrub the garage door’s surface. Work in small sections, starting from the top and moving downwards.
It helps to pay extra attention to visibly dirty or stained areas. Avoid using abrasive materials or harsh chemicals, which may damage the door’s surface.
6. Rinse with Clean Water
After rinsing, use a clean, dry cloth or a squeegee to remove excess water from the garage door. This step will help prevent water spots or streaks from forming.
Leave the garage door open to air dry naturally. When this option isn’t possible, consider having a fan direct air toward it to ensure it dries within an appropriate time.
7. Lubricate the Moving Parts
While cleaning the garage door, take the opportunity to inspect and lubricate the moving parts, such as hinges, rollers, and tracks. Apply a silicone-based product to ensure smooth operation and prevent rust or corrosion.
8. Maintain a Regular Cleaning Schedule
Try to establish a regular cleaning schedule for your garage doors to keep them operating in optimal condition. Most homeowners should clean them at least twice per year. Consider following these steps more frequently if they’re exposed to heavy dirt accumulation or harsh weather. Commercial and industrial installations might need weekly cleaning and maintenance to ensure successful operations.
Knowing how to clean your garage doors properly can significantly improve their appearance and lifespan. It is a straightforward process that only takes a few minutes to complete, especially when this chore is part of your regular maintenance routine. If you have any questions about this process, please feel free to chat with one of our friendly representatives at your convenience!