Your garage door represents a large part of your home’s frontage. In most cases, the garage is visible to anyone walking or driving past your home. Perhaps more importantly though, your garage door is the first thing you see when you pull your car onto the drive, or even when you enter your home on foot. A clean, new looking garage door will add to the feel good factor when you come home from a busy day at work or from a few days away.
It’s Easy to Clean Your Garage Door
Giving your garage door an occasional clean therefore, is a quick and easy way to maintain your home’s curb appeal and present the impression of a welcome haven when you enter your property. Here then, is a nine-step guide to getting your garage door clean:
1) Grab yourself a hose, a bucket, some gentle detergent and a scrubbing brush or cloth.
2) Wet the entire outer surface of your garage door using the hose.
3) After filling the bucket with some warm water and detergent, use this solution with your rag or scrubbing brush to gently scrub the door down. If your door is marked with oil stains, or something more stubborn than regular dirt, use a diluted solution of bleach to scrub it with, rather than detergent.
4) Spray the garage door down with your hose to rinse it off.
5) If your door is constructed from metal, apply a coat of wax polish to restore its luster.
6) Repeat steps 1 through 5 on the inside surface of your garage door. While the inside is not so visible, keeping it clean is important to keep dirt from getting into the door tracks and mechanism.
7) Now, use a broom to remove any dirt and dust from the tracks that your garage door runs on. For any clods of mud or harder to remove dirt, use water and a rag to get inside the track and really clean it out. Keeping the tracks clean is important to prevent your door from getting derailed or jammed in the future.
8) Now that the tracks are clean, lubricate them along with the wheels on your door, according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
9) Finally, organize and clean up the area around the garage door. If possible, keep this area clear of anything that could fall and obstruct the opening and closing of the door.
Check the General Condition of the Garage Door
That’s really all there is to it. If your garage door is painted, once clean you will be able to see any damaged or flaking paintwork or areas where bare metal is showing. To avoid corrosion problems, it’s a good idea to sand these areas down and give them a fresh coat of paint.
By giving your garage door an occasional cleaning, following the nine steps above, you can keep it looking like new. It’s also the perfect opportunity to check for any maintenance tasks that need completing on your garage door or its mechanism.