In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the initial basics on cleaning your garage door – how often it should be done, why it’s important, and the materials you’ll typically need. Cleaning a garage door is only necessary periodically, but ensuring you’re doing it correctly when the need comes up will help keep it clean and in great shape. 

At Crawford Door Sales, we not only offer garage door installation services for clients throughout Sandy, Murray and nearby areas, but also high-quality garage door service and repairs for any need you may have. Here are some of the basic steps and approaches for properly cleaning a garage door once you have your materials in place.

garage door cleaning steps

Mixing and Wetting

Your first couple steps here should involve mixing your cleaning solution, as well as wetting the garage door to help ensure that you have enough lubrication and soap for cleaning. Mix a small amount of the cleaner with water in a spray bottle or bucket, making sure not to use too much cleaner at once, as this could damage your garage door’s paint finish. 

Once mixed up, lightly wet down the surface of the garage door. This should provide adequate lubrication and wetness for the soap to adhere to, allowing it to do its job once applied.

Applying Soap and Scrubbing

Once your solution is mixed up and your garage door is lightly wetted down, you can start applying the soap. Spraying a light layer onto the surface or dipping a cloth or sponge in the solution and wiping it onto the door is both suitable options.

Once you’ve applied your soap, you can start scrubbing away the dirt, grime, and other debris that’s been building up on your garage door. Scrub in small circular sections, continuing around the entire door until you’ve gone over all of it.

Rinsing and Drying

Now that you’ve scrubbed away the dirt and grime, it’s time to rinse off any remaining soap and debris. Start by using a hose or bucket of water to lightly spray down the garage door in order to get rid of the soapy residue. 

Once you’re done rinsing, use a clean towel or cloth to dry off the surface of your garage door so that no water is left behind.

Cleaning the Tracks and Rollers

While you’re taking care of the surface of your garage door, don’t forget to clean the tracks and rollers! As dirt, grime, and other debris build up in these areas overtime, it can make opening and closing your door a lot more difficult than it needs to 

Once you have your tracks and rollers clean, give them a light coating of lubricant. This will help reduce noise while the door is in motion as well as minimize friction on the parts, allowing it to operate more smoothly and efficiently. 

With the right basic steps and approaches, you can keep your garage door clean and functioning optimally. At Crawford Door Sales, we offer the highest quality products and services for residential garage doors when it comes to both installation and repair needs. Contact us today to learn more!

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