While most home and business owners do a good job staying diligent on garage door repair and upkeep needs, one area that can get less attention is garage door cleanliness. While it may not seem as pressing an issue as ensuring springs or rollers are in good shape, keeping your garage door and its components clean can have more of an impact on their quality and lifespan than you might think – and, of course, this makes a difference for aesthetic appeal as well.
At Overhead Door Company, we’re here to help with every area of garage door maintenance, from garage door repair to cleaning tips and many areas in between. We’ve helped numerous home and business owners maintain their garage doors and get the absolute most out of them in terms of lifespan, aesthetics and many other factors. In this two-part blog series, we’ll go over why a clean garage door matters, plus some basic tips on cleaning frequency, materials required and the steps you should take.
Benefits of a Clean Garage Door
For starters, the benefits of a clean garage door go beyond simple aesthetic pleasures. While these areas do matter, particularly for home curb appeal for those who may be looking to sell in the near future, cleanliness actually has an impact on garage door operation and lifespan.
The primary area here is prevention of rust, which can crop up over time due to salt or other debris attaching to the door. Rust will wear down your door much faster than normal, plus may impact areas like rollers or springs and make them less efficient, leading to a need for garage door repairs or even a full replacement of the garage door.
Garage Door Cleaning Frequency
Okay, so cleaning your garage door is important. But how often does this need to be done?
Generally speaking, we recommend cleaning the garage door at least twice per year, or once every six months. Many choose to do this during the spring and fall periods, transitions between the major summer and winter seasons that offer a great opportunity to do some cleaning.
However, if you live in an area that’s exposed to significant elements – or if your garage door undergoes more use than most – we recommend cleaning it more often. Especially if you notice significant dirt, grime or especially rust, you should clean immediately.
Here are some of the tools or materials you’ll need to clean your garage door:
- Bucket filled with hot water
- Hose attached to a working water connection
- Soft rag for drying
- Gentle soap
- Optional: Wax or lubricant if you choose to apply these as part of the process
- Rubber gloves and clothes you don’t mind getting a bit of grime on
In part two of this series, we’ll go over the steps to follow when cleaning and some other basic tips. To learn more about this or any of our commercial or residential garage door repair services, speak to the staff at Overhead Door Company today.