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How to Clean a Garage Door

It is time for spring-cleaning. In addition to all of the other things that need to be cleaned in your home, the garage door must be included. Cleaning the garage door does not seem like a difficult task, and it isn’t, but there are a few things you need to be aware of. So, we will spend the next few paragraphs discussing those things.

Garage doors are made of several different materials. The most popular materials are steel, wood, and plastic. Then, there are the more exotic materials: glass, special woods, copper, aluminum, and others. Each of these materials may have special cleaning needs. These needs can be determined by reading the maintenance brochure. If you do not have a brochure, you can probably get one free from the manufacturer, either directly or online. The following paragraphs explain general cleaning procedures that will work for most doors, especially those made of steel, wood, and plastic.


The following equipment will be needed to clean the garage door. This is a basic list. Other items may be needed if your garage door has special cleaning needs.

  • Bucket
  • Broom
  • Soft Sponge
  • Soft Chamois
  • Soft Clean Cloth
  • Mild Detergent
  • Latex Gloves
  • Water
  • Ladder
  • Hose


Before the actual garage-door cleaning begins, the following must be done.

  • Gather your equipment.
  • Use a broom to remove cobwebs and other debris from around the garage door, especially inside.
  • Clean several feet of the surface beneath the door on both sides. This prevents the dirt on the garage floor and driveway from being splashed up on the garage door.
  • Prepare your cleaning solution: 1-cup of mild detergent in 5-gallons of warm water.


There are two sides to every door: the inside and the outside. Both sides should be cleaned. In general, the cleaning procedure is the same for both. The important difference is be careful when cleaning the inside not to get water or dirt in the tracks or other running gear, and be careful not to disturb the sensors or get them dirty.

  • Wash the garage door, using the cleaning solution and sponge, cloth, or chamois.
  • Be sure to wash beneath the weather stripping.
  • Rinse the cleaning solution off of the door with water. Again, rinse beneath the weather stripping.
  • Inspect the door for surface damage.
  • Make repairs as necessary.



  • Clean at least once a year.
  • Use soft sponge, cloth, or chamois.
  • Use a mild detergent. Some suggest one that contains less than 0.5% phosphate.
  • Be sure to clean under the weather stripping.


  • DO NOT use bleach, window-cleaning fluids, scouring compounds, gritty cloths or solvent-based cleaners. In other words, use nothing that will scratch, dissolve, or otherwise harm the finish.
  • DO NOT forget the inside of the garage door.
  • DO NOT contaminate the running gear and sensors.
  • DO NOT disturb the sensors.

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