How To Properly Clean Your Garage Door

Cleaning your garage door is an important piece of maintenance that needs to be done on a monthly basis to prevent a buildup of dirt and debris. Cleaning the garage door is fairly simple and can be done by following the steps outlined below.

1 – Start by taking a hard bristled broom and brush away all the leaves and dirt that have built up around the outside of the garage door. Make sure that you take them time to clean out any storm drains that have leaves blocking the proper flow of water when it rains.

2 – Fill a bucket with hot water and then add a couple squirts of dish soap. Take the time to mix the two together until the water becomes soapy and the dish soap has completely dissolved into the water.

3 – Take a clean sponge and dunk it into the soapy hot water then lather it onto the garage door paying close attention to all the dirty areas. Let the soapy water soak into the garage door for a full five minutes before you rinse it off. The soap will work hard to break down all the tough stains that have become stuck to the door over time.

4 – Hook up a pressure water to the hose and a water supply, Make sure you have ample garden hose that will allow you to maneuver around to all points of the garage door. Then turn the pressure washer onto high and begin to blast away all the soap residue left over on the garage door. For hard to remove spots you may have to move closer to the garage door with the pressure washer and apply more pressure to remove it.

5 – Wipe off all the remaining water on the garage door with a dry soft cloth and then let it dry for a full twenty-four hours to complete the job.

When you have finished you should test the garage door to make sure that it is mechanically working. Press the garage door opener and watch the door open all the way, and then hit the button again to close it. If the door does not open or close all the way, then you will need to call in a professional garage door repair technician, like the ones at Howard's Overhead Doors Inc., to diagnose the mechanical or electrical issues that are preventing the door from working properly. A garage door technician can also tune up the springs and tracks of the garage door to help it open and close easier.