How to Keep Your Garage Clean

by TaylorDoorCo on June 17, 2013

Who says we have to spend tons of money to maintain our garages? We can remove stains, protect our garage openers, and more with simple tips and tricks!

Remove Concrete Stains in Your Garage

  • To Get Rid of Oil Stains: Treat with any chemical or cleaner UNLESS your garage floor is made of asphalt. Asphalt will dissolve and deteriorate if used with turpentine, paint thinner, gasoline and kerosene. For this reason, clean your asphalt garage floor with detergent cleaner only.

  • To Clean Soiled & Stained Concrete Floors: Flood your garage floor with a strong solution of degreaser and let it sit. After a few minutes, scrub it with a nylon pad or brush to breakaway the stain’s elements. Next, use a squeegee to gather the elements in a puddle so you can pick it up with a dustpan and throw it away. If your garage floor is still dirty, repeat the steps a second time for a flawless clean.

  • Before Waxing, Painting or Mopping: Make sure that your garage floor has no moisture. Concrete has a bad habit of collecting moisture, especially after being cleaned. The trick is to lay a rubber mat onto the concrete for a couple hours– if it doesn’t have ‘sweat’ underneath it, it’s fine to wax, paint or mop.

Protect Your Garage Doors

  • Prevent Rust Damage: Wipe down your garage door with a soft cloth and mild household detergent twice a year. Make sure to dilute the detergent with water before applying.

  • Tighten All Screws & Nuts on Bolts: Check all screws and nuts on bolts every six months. You should especially check that the slide lock doesn’t extend past the end stile of the door when it’s supposed to be unlocked.

  • Preserve the Finish: Apply car wax to help repel dirt and moisture.

  • Inspect the Astragal: The rubber weather seal on the bottom of the door can be replaced by removing the old gasket and sliding a new one into place.

  • Check for Broken or Bent Parts: Use a light household oil to lubricate all moving parts

  • Lift Cables at the Bottom Bracket Button & Hinges: First, lock where surfaces turn or slide and then lubricate steel rollers– don’t lubricate nylon oil.

  • Test Your Garage Doors: If automatic garage doors aren’t working properly, they can cause serious injury or death. Start with the door in the upright position. Place a paper towel directly in the garage door’s intended route and close the door. If the door doesn’t reverse and return to the open position when it reaches your paper towel roll, it’s out of adjustment. Refer to your user’s manual to adjust the garage door’s safety reverse system.

If you need further repair or services, Taylor Door Co. is the best in the business. We pride ourselves in fast and reliable service at reasonable prices. Call our garage door experts at 586-755-6500 or request your free consultation today!

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