Now that you have a new vinyl garage door, you'll want to keep it clean so it maintains it's fresh look. Fortunately, vinyl doesn't take much work to maintain. One of the big advantages of owning a vinyl garage door is that it is practically maintenance free since it doesn't rust, dent, or decay. It still collects dirt, though, and eventually, your door will start to look dingy and detract from the curb appeal of your home. You can prevent that with regular cleaning. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.
Avoid Abrasive Products
Abrasive cleaners might scratch the vinyl. Avoid using scouring powders even on stains. Instead, choose a cleaner that is made for vinyl. You can buy a specialty cleaner at a home improvement store or just use a regular household cleaner such as dish detergent. If you choose a chemical cleaner, look on the label for an indication that it is safe to use on vinyl. Be sure to avoid using abrasive cleaning pads too. Use paper towels or a soft cloth to wipe down the door, and a soft brush when scrubbing stained areas.
Rinse The Door Well
While using detergents and cleaners helps get rid of grime and stains, they also leave behind a dull film if you don't rinse them well. After you've scrubbed the door be sure to rinse it with a garden hose or power washer to get rid of all traces of detergent. Even though it's made of vinyl, washing a garage door is a lot like washing your car. You want to get rid of dirt and detergent so the finish will have some luster and look shiny clean. You may want to towel dry the door so there will be no water spots or water trails left behind from drips.
If you clean your garage door on a regular basis, you'll have fewer problems with algae, pollen, and grime stains. A quick pass with the hose may be all it takes to keep your door clean if you do it every few months. Otherwise, you may need to buy special cleaners and do some scrubbing to get rid of algae and other stains that develop. The location of your garage door plays a big part in how much work you'll need to do to keep it sparkling clean. If the door is in shade most of the day, you'll need to watch for algae and mildew. If you live near dirt roads, dust can be a problem when it builds up in the grooves and then turns to grime when it rains. Even so, you'll have far less maintenance to do than if you had a door made of wood or steel. For instance, you should never have to paint the door or spend time sanding out rust.
Clean The Inside Too
To keep the door working well and looking nice on the inside, you'll want to clean the inside of the door and track too. Keeping the track clean allows the door to move freely, and removing leaves and cobwebs from around the sensors keeps the door from malfunctioning. Taking the time to keep your door clean on the inside makes sure your door is ready to go any time you need to leave or enter your garage. Plus, a clean door that is free from spiders and dirt is much more inviting, which is a plus if you use your garage as a work or hobby area.
For further assistance, contact professionals, such as those from Plano Overhead Garage Door.