Garage door: How to clean the garage door or roller shutter?

Garage door: How to clean the garage door or roller shutter?

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CLEANED THE GARAGE DOOR OR GATE VALVE?

If you’re like most homeowners, garage door cleaning probably didn’t make it to the top of your priority list. We have it. A lot of things are happening. On average, Italians work more hours than ever. Finding time to maintain your home doesn’t seem to be as easy as it used to be, but why is it important to clean your garage door?

The garage door on average lasts about 20 years with proper care and maintenance. When you clean your garage door, you protect your investment and extend the life of a door you use many times a day. Cleaning may seem like it only helps the surface, but it’s a great way to prevent more serious problems from occurring. In other words, spending an hour now cleaning your garage door can prevent many hours of work and thousands of dollars spent later on repairing or replacing it.

Winter is just around the corner and there is no better time than the present to start cleaning by showing some love on the garage door. Ready to get started? Here are some things to keep in mind.

WHY WASH THE GARAGE DOOR AND GATE VALVE?

On average, homeowners should wash their garage door at least twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. In some cases, doors located on homes in a difficult environment, such as a coastal area or a place with a lot of snow, may require quarterly cleaning. This is because excessive salt exposure can erode the finish on a garage door more quickly.

Sure, keeping your garage door clean makes your home more beautiful – a definite plus if you’re worried about curb appeal – but garage door cleaning also offers a number of other benefits:

1. EXTEND YOUR DOOR FINISH

Your garage door is exposed to the elements on a daily basis – rain, sun, wind, dirt – and all of this can lead to damage, even on a very high quality door. Over time, your door’s finish can become dull and, in some cases, become damaged or eroded. If dirt and grime are left on the door for long periods, it can accelerate the erosion of the finish. While wooden garage doors can and should be refinished periodically, keeping them clean means you can go longer between refinishes. For doors made from other materials, it may not be necessary to refinish them regularly, but maintaining the integrity of the door surface is very important to keeping the door in good condition.

2. MAINTAIN THE WARRANTY

If the garage door is still under warranty, it should be cleaned regularly to maintain the terms of the warranty. In some cases, failure to clean the door will invalidate the warranty and you will not be able to use it in the event of a problem. While we hope you never have a problem with your door, sticking to the terms of the warranty will give you peace of mind if something goes wrong.

3. INCREASE YOUR CHARM ON THE SIDEWALK

All it takes is a little soap and water to leave your garage door and home perfectly clean. Cleaning your garage door gets rid of all the grime and grime that could dull the surface and suck the life out of your home’s exterior. This is especially important if your home is for sale or planning to put it on the market as buyers often judge a home’s potential from its exterior.

4. PREVENTS RUST

Rust occurs when salt, dirt or other substances stick to the garage door. Not only is rust unsightly, but, over time, it can damage the integrity of your door. Regular cleaning prevents rust from forming on doors made of certain materials to extend the life of the door. Other than that, cleaning is much easier than trying to remove the rust later.

5. ALLOWS TO INSPECT THE DOOR

When cleaning your door, take a few minutes to inspect it, both inside and out. Think of cleaning as a reminder to check all the moving parts: the optical sensors and other parts of your garage door opener, the spring, the rails and, of course, the surface of the door. Cleaning the outside of the door also provides a better view of the door surface. When your door is clean, you are more likely to notice if it has been damaged in some way. And, when you notice the problems first, you can fix them in time. This is a better practice than ignoring your door and potentially leaving small problems until they grow big.

WASH THE GARAGE DOOR AND GATE VALVE

Once you understand the benefits of regular garage door cleaning, it’s time to start the process. It may seem intimidating, especially if you’ve never cleaned your garage door before, but it’s actually quite simple and can typically be complemented with items you already have around the house.

Before you start, make sure you have the following:

1. DETERGENT SOLUTION

A mild detergent, such as dishwasher soap or car wash soap is your best bet, making this project one of the cheapest craft jobs you’ll face as a homeowner. You can also use a detergent with less than 0.5% phosphate. A non-toxic biodegradable cleaner will also work.

Once you have the soap in your hand, take a bucket and mix a cup of liquid soap with two liters of water. Typically, this is the best ratio for attacking common dirt and grime from garage doors. Never add bleach to the cleaning solution. Bleach should only be used as a cleaner for hard-to-remove stains, more on that later.

2. NON-ABRASIVE SPONGES AND CLEAN CLOTHES

The last thing you want to do is damage the finish on your door by using a scrubbing brush or sponge. Choose a gentler alternative, such as a non-abrasive sponge or cloth to clean the door. Avoid using dirty clothes or rags that may have dirt or grit, as well as abrasive products. Once the door is clean, we recommend wiping the surface with a soft, dry cloth.

3. LADDER

Even the tallest homeowner probably can’t reach the top of the garage door without making an effort to do so. Using a ladder ensures quality cleaning from top to bottom. After all, you don’t want to clean just the bottom half of the door! This will also help you inspect the garage door parts, making sure everything is working properly.

WAXES THE GARAGE DOOR AND GATE

Another difference between the various types of garage doors is that steel doors must always be waxed after being cleaned. Many homeowners don’t realize that waxing a garage door is a necessary part of the cleaning process, but just as you would use wax to protect your car’s finish, wax can also be used to protect the finish of your car. steel doors. A layer of wax will protect the garage door from daily wear and tear, as well as repel dirt and grime. This is especially important if you live in a harsh climate or coastal area as it will protect your door from hard salt which can quickly erode the finish.

WHAT NOT TO DO

Washing a garage door is a relatively simple process, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be careful. Even the toughest garage doors can be damaged if you use the wrong cleaning solution or an abrasive sponge on the surface. So, as you prepare to clean your garage door, keep these helpful tips in mind:

1. DO NOT USE A PRESSURE WASHER

It’s okay to use a gentle hose, but avoid using a pressure washer to clean your garage door. While it may be tempting to apply “more power” to the cleaning process, this can damage the integrity of the door.

Ditch the power tools and opt for gentle hand washing and waxing instead. It may take a little longer, but it will protect your door and keep it in good condition, which is why you are washing it in the first place.

2. DO NOT MIX DETERGENT AND BLEACH SOLUTION

A mixture of bleach and water can be used for stain cleaning, especially for stubborn stains, but should never be applied while the soap is still on the door or incorporated into the cleaning solution. If you need to apply a bleach solution to a stain, first remove all the cleaning solution in that area of ​​the door and then apply the bleach that has been diluted in water first.

3. DO NOT USE ABRASIVE SPONGES, CLOTHES OR SOLVENTS

Using these products can scratch or damage the surface of the door and erode the finish. The last thing you want to do is damage your door while trying to clean it.

Choose soft cloths and sponges that will protect the finish of your garage door and keep it nice and smooth. Avoid harsh cleaning products or chemicals that could remove the door finish.

4. DO NOT FORGET TO CLEAN OTHER PARTS OF THE GARAGE DOOR AND GATE

While you’re cleaning, don’t overlook the calamities at the bottom of the door. Also, take a few minutes to clean the garage door tracks and optical sensors for your garage door opener. When you keep these parts clean, you keep them in good condition. Even if no garage door lasts forever, there’s no reason to rush its end. When you maintain your garage door and garage door opener, you can avoid problems along the way and also save money.

Rob Prosser