In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the importance and preparation steps for cleaning your garage door. Garage door cleaning is vital not only for aesthetics and curb appeal, but also for preventing rust and limiting certain operational issue risks from arising in your garage door.
At Overhead Door Company, our garage door repair services include a wide variety of expertise areas, one of which is offering basic tips or recommendations on how to clean a particular door properly. Through part one, we covered obtaining the proper materials and equipment – now let’s go over some simple steps for the actual cleaning itself, plus some common garage door cleaning mistakes to avoid as you move through this process.
Basic Cleaning Steps
Assuming a standard garage door setup, here are the simple steps to cleaning your door once you have your tools on hand:
- Fill your bucket with hot water and mix it with a gentle soap or cleaning solution you’ve decided on.
- Either while or after you create this mixture, wet down the entire surface of the garage door with your hose.
- Once the entire garage door is wet, use your soft rag or bristle brush to begin scrubbing the door with the cleaning solution. We recommend moving top to bottom to allow water to drop to lower areas without impacting cleanliness. Ensure you also cover behind the stop molding on the sides and top of the garage door.
- When finished with a given section, use the hose to rinse it off.
- Move to subsequent sections and repeat this process until finished.
If your garage door has windows included, cleaning methods for these are exactly the same as any other window in your home. We recommend gentle cleaners that do not risk major chemical buildup. Take care around seals or weather stripping so you do not create any leaks or cracks.
Mistakes to Avoid
A few common mistakes we’ve seen homeowners make while cleaning their garage doors that you should generally avoid unless it’s specifically recommended for your door by one of our team members:
- Don’t use a pressure-washer, even if you have significant dirt or grime, as it might damage paint or even the actual door panels themselves.
- Never utilize bleach as a mixture with your cleaning solution, as it can damage doors.
- Do not use abrasive sponges or various scouring products that can impact the quality of the finish of the garage door, often a major value area.
For more on cleaning a garage door, or to learn about any of our garage door repair or other services, speak to the staff at Overhead Door Company today.