Spring has finally arrived, which means spending more time outdoors, working in the garden and lawn and unfortunately, it also means spring cleaning chores. Although the nice weather often makes it difficult to spend time on chores, it is important that you do some simple maintenance on your garage door at least once each year. Without the proper care, it will not work as well as it should or look as good as it could, and it will reduce the lifespan of your garage door. Here are a few tips for spring cleaning and maintaining your garage door.
Give it a Good Scrubbing
The garage door can get extremely dirty from the snow, ice, and dust, so over time, this grime will accumulate. The good news is that cleaning the door is a quick and simple process. Simply use mild dishwashing liquid, warm water, and a long-handled scrub brush to remove all of the dirt and grime, without causing damage to the door itself. If the door is steel, after cleaning, apply a light coat of car wax to protect it from dust and acid raid.
Check for Damages
One of the most important things you can do to maintain the garage door is to inspect it for damages routinely. Open and close the door a few times to check for unusual sounds and movement. You shouldn't hear any screeches or rattles, and the door should move up and down smoothly. If you notice jerky movements, the door rises crooked, or there are unusual sounds when operating the door, contact a garage door repair company as soon as possible to prevent the risk of further damage.
Maintenance also includes ensuring the safety features on the garage door are working properly. Most garage doors have a safety feature that includes photo eye sensors and auto reverse, which prevents the door from closing on you, your vehicle or other items that may be in the way. To check the auto reverse, place an item (a piece of wood or a broom will work well) on the ground, below the door, and then close the door. If working correctly, the door should stop just above the item and then reverse back up. Placing a larger item in the same place should cause the photo eye sensor to detect the item and prevent the door from closing at all. If the safety feature isn’t working correctly, contact a repair company as soon as possible to prevent the risk of injuries.
It is important to keep in mind that a garage door that is not working properly can cause injury to you as well as damages to your vehicle and other items in the garage. Along with cleaning and checking the operation of the garage door, you should also lubricate the moving parts. Repairing certain parts of the garage can be extremely dangerous, so it is essential that you not try to do any repairs on your own, especially if there are damages to the springs.
We can help with all your garage door needs, so contact us at American Garage Door to schedule your service today!