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.
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.
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.
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.