Everyone understands the benefits of washing your car regularly. Besides making it shine like new, washing it also removes dirt, salt and oils that can harm the finish and increase the chances of corrosion. But just like your car, the house your car lives in, also known as your garage, should also be washed regularly. In this article we’re going to concentrate on how to safely clean your garage door. You probably never really think about your garage door unless a problem occurs. By maintaining it on a regular basis you can reduce the chances of its malfunction. You should wash your door twice a year or even more often if you live near the ocean or use a lot of salt on your driveway during the winter. High salt levels can cause extra problems for your garage door.
There’s no need to use harsh chemical cleaners when it comes to your garage door. Nor is simply hosing it down with water an effective way to get it clean. Get out a bucket and add a few squirts of dish soap along with some warm water. This soapy solution is perfect for wiping down the door surface. After a good rub down, rinse off the soap with your garden hose.
There’s no need to wash the tracks of your garage door with soap and water. As a matter of fact, you shouldn’t. You can simply wipe them down with a dry cloth and ensure all the dust and excess grease is removed. Once the tracks are clean you should lubricate them. Don’t use oil based lubrication methods as they attract dirt and dust that will build up and eventually obstruct the garage door rollers. Silicon based lubes are much more appropriate for garage door track lubrication and will simultaneously prevent rust and dirt build ups.
Adding a layer of wax to your door will protect it from dust, salt and moisture. As an added bonus, it’ll also improve the garage door’s looks. You can use a car wax, but there are also waxes made specifically for garage doors.