Spring is here and you are getting in the mood to clean, declutter and organize. Don’t forget about one very important part of your home: garage doors. Your garage door is often the first thing that people see when they pull up to your house, and in most homes, it is used multiple times a day.
You should clean and inspect your garage door at least twice a year. Dirt, grime and grease can build up on the interior and exterior of the door, and can also settle into the tracks or cover up sensors. Follow these tips to help your garage door have a long life while preventing maintenance issues
Start with the Exterior
Check for any broken or bent parts, and inspect the weather-stripping on the bottom of your door. After you’ve inspected the exterior surface and all parts, decide whether you want to wash the door by hand or if you want to use a power washer. If you choose to use a powerwasher, make sure it isn’t so strong that it will cause damage to the door.
First, you’ll want to use a hose to wet the entire surface of the door, removing as much of the dirt and buildup as possible.
Using a gentle soap and warm water, scrub every inch of the door in sections. Don’t allow the soap to dry on the garage door. Use a cleaner like Scrubbing Bubbles or Magic Eraser for stubborn spots.
Rinse the door thoroughly and allow it to dry.
Grab a soft cloth, and use diluted vinegar or a glass cleaner to scrub all windows. Be sure that they dry to prevent water spots on both the windows and on the door.
As a final step, use a high-quality car wax to give your garage door a protective coating that will restore the shine and new look of your door.
Finish with the Interior
Once you are finished inspecting and cleaning the exterior of your garage door, follow the same steps (minus the wax) on the interior. You will likely need to take a broom to the door first, to remove spider webs and dust buildup around the edges or between the sections. Be sure you allow the door to thoroughly dry once you are done rinsing it down.
If you notice any areas of concern or broken parts, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We would be happy to come out for a complete inspection and give you a quote for servicing!
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