Your garage door is one of the hardest working parts of your home, and will therefore get dirty. To keep your door looking good and working well, it is suggested that the outside of it is cleaned at least once each year and more often if your home is in a salt-air climate. This is one of those hose-and-soap chores that’s not tough but can be a bit inconvenient. Below is a step-by-step process that we recommend if you decide to take on this chore yourself.

  • Using a cleaner made for the task, wash the surface using a soft sponge or cloth.
  • Thoroughly rinse the door with a hose.
  • Let it dry and then repeat if needed.

After the outside of the door is cleaned, give the flip side some love. If the door is pretty new, we suggest using a broom or dry mop to get rid of the cobwebs. If the inside of the door is getting grimy, start cleaning it with a dry dusting cloth and move to gentle soap and water if needed.

While you’re inside the garage, clean the garage door track, too. Use carburetor or brake cleaner, but not lubricant, which could make the door slip and become unbalanced. The grime and dirt that accumulates on the inside of the door over time can find its way into  the garage door tracks or flake off and fall onto cars, machinery, and tools that you are storing in your garage… resulting in more cleaning that will be needed.

This is also a great time to tidy the stacks around the garage door and move them out of the way so that the door will rise and fall properly.

Along with making your door last longer and your home looking better, cleaning the garage door gives you an opportunity to see if the door is in good repair. If you discover reasons to repair or replace your garage door while cleaning, contact us to discuss timely and affordable options.

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