Regular cleaning of your garage door not only enhances the look of your property, but gives you, the homeowner, a chance to ensure all mechanisms are in top working order and have not rusted over the colder months. We have put together a handy list of top tips to help you give your garage a thorough spring clean both inside and out:
1) Don’t be afraid to clear the clutter
We’ve all heard the saying out with the old and in with the new? Well this is a prime example of clearing out the hordes of items you have accumulated over the years and making room for things you genuinely need to keep handy. Throwing a yard sale can be an extremely rewarding thing to do. You are getting rid of things you no longer need and they are going to be put to good use - win, win!
2) Clear obstructions from your garage door
It’s tempting, as your home fills up over the winter months, to stack items up against your garage door that can easily be in the way of its moving parts. Avoid putting items against the two photo eyes which can be found at the bottom of your garage door. Overloading your garage with items here may accidently bump the photos out of place and cause your door not to operate properly. Make sure this area remains clean and tidy.
3) Test your garage door and accessories
You may have several garage door accessories that you don’t use on a daily basis. From door stays and euro-locks to handles and hinges, these items should be tested on a regular basis to prevent rusting and to ensure your garage is well protected. We stock a variety of garage accessories with robust, reliable properties to minimise the chance of a break in and ensure you feel secure in the comfort of your home.
Prior to cleaning…
Preparation is key before carrying out any cleaning task, so before getting to work, make sure you have all the necessary equipment for the job:
⦁ Mop and bucket
⦁ Tap water
⦁ Old cloth or brush
The following cleaning process will help extend your garage door’s usability, improve the appearance of the exterior and prevent the development of corrosion over time.
1) Pour a small amount of soap into a bucket and fill half way to the brim with lukewarm water. Take your choice of cloth or brush and gently scrub the surface of the door, making sure to reach all corners where dirt and grime build.
2) Do not use harsh chemicals, in the hope of giving your garage a more thorough clean, as this could damage the painted surface. Rinse with a hose, but do not use a pressure washer; this can have damaging results which are difficult to overcome without the hassle of a polished paint job.
1) Inspect and tighten up the hardware
The most important and simple check is to observe your garage door in action to make sure it’s moving smoothly and not jerking in places. If you notice a slight error in movement, take this opportunity to tighten all screws, roller brackets and bolts with a socket wrench.
2) Replace the weatherstripping
If the rubber weather seal strip around the bottom of your garage door is cracked or damaged, replace this straight away to avoid the elements getting into your home.
3) Check the cables.
You should never tug or pull on high pressure cables that lift your garage door because they have enough power to harm people. You can however visually inspect to ensure there are no broken strands or loose wires.
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