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How to Keep Your Garage Door Clean

in Garage Maintenance by Elk Grove Garage Door Services

You might not think of it, but one of the most important things you can do to increase the lifespan of your garage door is to incorporate regular cleaning in your garage door maintenance routine. Keeping your garage door clean has more benefits than keeping it look nice and maintaining its curb appeal, however. 

Have A Regular Garage Door Cleaning and Maintenance Schedule

Regular cleaning will prolong the finish on your door – no matter what material it’s made off. Over time, the dirt and residue of nature can sometimes erode and damage a garage door’s finish if not well kept. Further, keeping your door clean can prevent rusting on your garage door’s hardware. Preventing rust will certainly increase the longevity of your garage door. Moreover, the cleaner you keep your door, the better you will be able to inspect it for any damage or maintenance needs. If your door is dirty or obstructed, it could make it harder for you to identify minor and easy-to-fix damage in a timely manner, which can lead to more severe damage and repairs in the future.

You Can Use Gentle Cleaners You Already Have

So, what should you reach for when you’re ready to start cleaning? The good news is you will not need anything special that you don’t already have lying around the house. Any gentle laundry or dish detergent, diluted with water, will do the trick. There also isn’t really a need for any super products either – a simple sponge or microfiber cloth should get the job done. Just don’t be afraid to use some elbow grease.

Do a Little Bit Extra to Prevent Rust

Rust can be a significant issue for metal components of a garage door. This is especially true in regions with high humidity or frequent exposure to moisture. Apply rust-resistant coatings to metal components such as hinges, springs, and tracks. There are various rust-inhibiting sprays and paints available that create a protective barrier. They prevent moisture from reaching the metal surface and causing rust.

Check for some Common Garage Door Issues

Being aware of common garage door issues can help homeowners identify and address problems early. Regular garage door inspections can prevent minor issues from turning into major repairs. Check if the garage door tracks are properly aligned. Misaligned tracks can cause the door to operate unevenly or get stuck. Listen for any unusual noises during the garage door’s operation. Grinding or squeaking sounds may indicate the need for lubrication or a sign of worn-out components. 

Observe the tension of the garage door springs. If the door doesn’t open smoothly or closes too quickly, it could be a sign of spring tension problems. For automatic garage doors, check the safety sensors to ensure they are aligned correctly. Malfunctioning sensors can prevent the door from closing properly and may pose a safety hazard. Inspect the weatherstripping around the garage door for any signs of damage or wear.  

Lubricate Your garage Door’s Hinges

While you’re at it, don’t be afraid to take some WD-40 to your door hinges once you’ve done a quick spot clean as well. You don’t need to make things look good as new – after all, the exterior of your garage door is exposed to the elements constantly, so tearing your hair out over keeping it spotless at all times won’t do you any good.

Your New Garage Door Needs A New Opener

When you’ve found the perfect garage door to boost your curbside appeal, you should consider installing a new overhead door opener as well. Buying a new garage door opener alongside a new door is an act of being prudent. Your old opener will eventually break down or cause lots of issues in the future, so it’s smart to give your garage door setup a complete fresh start. A new opener will be quieter and feature up-to-date technology, making it safer and smoother to use. Professionals who install overhead doors will be able to install the new opener at the same time, making the job easy.