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  Feb 11 2021

How to Clean Your Garage Door

Having time for home maintenance seems to be a challenge these days because we work longer hours to meet up with the increasing financial responsibilities. Eventually, when we do ‘squeeze out’ time for cleaning our homes, the garage doors don’t seem to be considered.

Come to think of it, when was the last time you washed your garage doors? Presumably, only but a few homeowners wash their garage doors once or twice a year!

Though we understand how busy you may be but washing away dirt and grime on your garage door is a way to protect your investment. It will help it to last longer, it keeps the door looking pristine, and also enhances the curb appeal of your home.

There is no better time to wash the garage door than now – remember, it is one of the significant parts of the exterior of your home!

Ready to get started? Here are simple steps that will help you clean and maintain the garage door.

Get your Tools Ready.

Most of the items for effective garage door cleaning should be available in your home. Just a reminder - these are the things you need.

  • A large bucket for the soapy water
  • A water hose
  • A silicone-based lubricant (for the weather stripping)
  • Pieces of soft cloths or clean towels
  • Soft-bristled broom and a step ladder

Step 1

Brush Off the Dirt from your Door

You should start this DIY home maintenance by removing all dirt and debris from the surface of the door. It is better to use a soft-bristled broom or a microfiber mop to remove dirt all over the door. Then put on the hose and splash water on the entire door

Step 2

Scrub the Garage from Top-to-bottom

Get your bucket, pour water and mix to get a soapy solution. Please do not use detergent to wash your garage door or an abrasive brush or sponge – they will damage your door’s finish. Use the step ladder to get to the top and other hard-to-reach parts of the door. It aids you to avoid cleaning the bottom half of the door.

While scrubbing, you have to identify tough spots or dirt that’s caked on the door and ensure that all of them are removed. Note that both the exterior and interior parts of the door should be scrubbed thoroughly.

Step 3

Rinse the Door

Thoroughly rinse the entire door from top to bottom using a hose. To safeguard your door, never use a pressure washer for rinsing. Now, carefully re-examine the door to see if there are areas that need extra scrubbing.

Step 4

Re-examine and Spot Clean the Door

Sometimes, you might be faced with more stubborn dirt like oil stains, etc. Use a more concentrated soap mixture to spot clean the area. If that doesn’t work, you may use a diluted bleach and water solution for spot cleaning.

Wax the Door

A good rule of thumb for maintaining both steel garage door and other types of doors is waxing. Consider this as part of the cleaning process because it protects the finish on your doors. It is recommended that you use a quality car wax for long-lasting effects.

Whether you have a fiberglass garage door, a wooden garage door, or an aluminum door on your property, the cleaning procedure in the resource can be applied to all kinds of garage doors. However, check the mechanical components of the door for defects and also observe whether the door works properly.

If you observe anything ‘fishy’ about your door, be assured that the experts from Bob's Advance Garage Doors will always have your back. Do not hesitate to give us a call.

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