HOW TO CLEAN YOUR STEEL GARAGE DOOR
SPRING CLEANING AND YOUR STEEL GARAGE DOOR
Even your garage door can benefit from a good spring cleaning. The article below is from the Garaga owners manual an describes how to clean and freshen up your steel garage door.
Clean your garage door regularly with mild soap (like dishwashing detergent) and a soft bristle brush. Avoid using abrasive cleaners and very strong liquid cleaners which could damage the paint or cause delaminating. If you have a steel garage door, you can revive its luster by applying a car wax as it will protect against acid rain and dust. It is best to avoid waxing in direct sunlight to achieve better results.
Clean the weatherstripping with a good all-purpose cleaner. Lubricate it every 2 or 3 months with a SILICONE-based lubricant. Never use a petroleum-based lubricant on weatherstripping as it will dry up and crack. Don't forget the weatherstrip between your door panels. It is important to let your weatherstrip hang 1/2" below the door base when you readjust your perimeter weatherstripping. If the weatherstripping is too tight, the door will not function properly. So if your weathestripping has lost its flexibility, it is best to replace it.
Lubrification : Lubricate the rollers, tracks and hinges and all moving hardware parts with a little motor oil (e.g.: 10W30) every three months. Wipe off excess oil with a cloth. As for the springs, use the same oil applied with a cloth.You are not only prolonging the spring's life, but also reducing the noise the springs make when the door is operated.
According to J-F Morin, marketing director for Garaga, an important Canadian garage door manufacturer: «At least once a year, home owners must check the following :
- the sturdiness and adjustment of the hinges;
- the rollers for worn-out ball bearings, flattened rollers, and crooked rods;
- the tracks for premature wear and tear, loose bolts, and loose supports;
- the cables for wear and tear; especially near the pulleys and the lower support (corner bracket).»