How To Clean Your Garage Door

With winter fast approaching, it’s time you do a few final projects outside before the snow flies. You’ve probably already hung up your garden hoses and raked your leaves.

But what about your garage door?  It too needs a little cleaning, and there’s no better time to do it before the temperatures really start to drop. Here’s how to clean your garage door.


First off, your garage door needs to be washed at least twice a year. You’d be surprised at just how much dust and grime accumulate over time!

Washing your garage door is simple; just get a bucket of warm water and add a little bit of detergent and wipe it down by hand. Just be sure that you’re using a soft sponge or microfiber cloth. Because of all the grit that can build up, you want to be careful not to accidentally scratch your garage door. For that very reason, you also want to avoid using a pressure washer to wash your garage door. In most cases, it is much too harsh and will do more damage than good.

If you’ve got a big mess to clean up, tackle it by hand instead. Once you’ve washed your garage door, rinse it off and allow it to air dry. And don’t forget to repeat the process on the inside of your garage!


As your garage door is drying, it’s a good idea to inspect it for any damage. If it’s painted, look for any areas where paint has been chipped off or warped. Those will be prone to rust so you’ll want to take care of those as quickly as possible. If your garage door is metal you can add a layer of wax to keep it protected and clean.

Clean The Track
The garage door tracks collect dust, pet hair, leaves, and other debris that needs to be removed regularly. If you don’t, you’ll have a garage door that won’t open or close smoothly or that sticks.

Clean The Weatherstripping

Another part of your garage door that will need some attention is the weather stripping. Your weather stripping is what keeps warm air in your garage (very important in the wintertime) and can help keep little critters and bugs out. To keep it in good working order for as long as possible it needs to be wiped down to prevent cracking or tearing.

Call a Professional

If your garage door has problems that a simple cleaning job won’t fix, don’t be afraid to call a professional repair, installation, and maintenance company like The Garage Door Man. If you want fast and dependable service (which you absolutely do during the coldest months of the year!) The Garage Door Man is your guy. They can solve any issue, big or small. And as Utah’s most trusted garage door repair experts, your satisfaction is guaranteed.