These days, more than ever, roller doors are made from hardy and durable materials. For example many modern roller doors are constructed from Colorbond® steel; a material known for its rugged performance. However, like all parts of your home, your roller door will require a little maintenance in order to keep it looking its best. In this week’s blog we’ll look at the top five dos and don'ts of roller door cleaning, so you can ensure that your garage door looks great for today and tomorrow.
1. DO Wash Your Door Regularly
How often you should wash your garage door will depend largely on where you live, and the conditions in your area. Those living in dry and humid regions, for example, are encouraged to clean more often than those living in areas where rain is common.
DON’T Ignore Dirt, Grime and Other Build-Ups
Things such as graffiti, dirt, and grime build-ups harden over time, becoming increasingly difficult to remove. Therefore it’s wise to remove them at first notice. A little work now could save you a lot of scrubbing in future.
2. DO Rinse Before Cleaning
Before applying detergents to your door, give it a rinse with cold water. You can use a hose or bucket of fresh water; either will be fine. This will help to prevent abrasions or damage during the cleaning process.
DON’T Forget to Rinse After Cleaning
Just like when doing the dishes, it’s important to finish by rinsing off excess detergent. Simply spray your door until all the left-over cleaner has been removed. As with rinsing before cleaning, use a hose or bucket of fresh water.
3. DO Wash Your Door with Warm Soapy Water
The best way to clean your garage door is with a bucket of warm soapy water and a sponge. Non-abrasive cleaners and gentle detergents are in most cases sufficient to remove dirt and grime, and they won’t damage your finish.
DON’T Wash Using Abrasive Cleaners
Abrasive cleaning equipment such as scourers and industrial detergents can do more harm than good. They can scratch, scuff and damage your door’s finish, and should be avoided in all circumstances.
4. DO Perform a ‘Spot Test’ Before Cleaning
Testing a cleaner for any adverse reactions is what’s known as a ‘spot test’. To carry out, simply place a small amount of cleaner on one corner of your door. Leave for a minute. If you see no ill-effects then the cleaner is generally safe for use on your garage door.
DON’T Forget to Check the Manufacturer’s Instructions
Some roller doors and roller door parts may require certain cleaning methods or products. So before cleaning a new door for the first time, it is a good idea to check the manufacturer's instructions.
5. DO Wash Both the Front and Back of Your Door
While only one side of your garage door will be exposed to the elements, both sides will eventually need cleaning. So don’t forget, when cleaning your roller door, clean both its interior and exterior lining.
DON’T Wash the Garage Door Motor
While it may be tempting, when you’ve got the hose out, to spray the garage motor, it is highly advised against. Soaking your door motor could cause malfunctions, and loss of warranty.
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