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The Ultimate Guide To Cleaning Your Garage Door

Garage doors need to be cleaned just like other parts of the house. Using the right methods to clean your garage door is important, and it’s also important to use the right tools. If the door is very dirty, you may need to use a variety of cleaning methods and materials. It’s best to maintain a regular cleaning routine to keep your garage door looking its best. These tips can help you clean your garage door.

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When to Clean Your Garage Door

Clean your garage door on a regular basis before it becomes visibly grimy. Caked on dirt can stain the paint and may trap moisture against your door, which can lead to the development of mold and mildew on the door’s surface.

If the door is made of metal, failure to maintain the door can also lead to corrosion and rusting. Clean your garage door twice per year, when the weather is mild. Avoid cleaning the door at times of the year when temperatures are low, causing ice to form.

Garage Door Cleaning Techniques

Below is the technique you should use to remove standard grime from the garage door.

  1. Put one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid into a spray bottle with water.
  2. Spray the garage with water from a hose.
  3. Use the spray bottle to spray the garage door. Allow the soapy water to soak on the garage door for a while.
  4. Use a soft-bristled scrub brush or a sponge to scrub the garage door.
  5. Spray down the garage again to rinse the soap off the door.
  6. Allow the garage door to dry, then inspect the door. Repeat if necessary.

How to Clean Mildew From Your Garage Door

To clean mildew from your garage door, mix bleach, water, and dishwashing liquid into a spray bottle. Spray the solution on the door, then scrub and rinse. Next, pour vinegar and water into a spray bottle, spray any remaining mold and mildew and scrub it. Rinse the garage door.

Is Using a Pressure Washer Ok?

For the most part, a pressure washer is not necessary for cleaning your garage door. The use of a pressure washer could cause the door to become dented or cracked, depending on the amount of pressure on the door and how the pressure washer is used. If your garage door is painted, the pressure washer could also take off the finish.

Now That You’ve Got a Clean Garage Door, Finish Up With a Tune-Up

Once you’ve cleaned your garage door, it’s time to assess your garage door’s functionality. Get your garage door in perfect working condition with a garage door tune-up. Contact Overhead Door Company of Oklahoma City to perform an inspection, diagnose any issues and make repairs.