How To Prevent Your Garage Door From Rusting

1) Keep Your Door Clean! 🕵️
You can simply use dish detergent to keep your garage door clean. The degreasing agents in your dish soap actually cut through a lot of the oils and grime on the door for a sparkling finish. Also, pollen from nearby trees can mimic the look of rust and stain your door. **It is important that you NEVER pressure wash your garage door because the high-powered stream of water can remove or damage the layer of protective paint on your door.

2) Be Mindful Of Over-Lubrication 🔧
Watch out for grease spots and/or oil stains. These occur due to over lubrication of the drive chain and they can compromise the integrity of your special coating of paint.

3) Keep Road (De-Icing) Salt Away From Your Garage Door ❄️
Water and melting snow/ice can cause a garage door to rust, and salt accelerates the process.

4) What To Do If You Already Have Rust:

  • Spray the area with a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water, then wipe the area down with a clean, non-abrasive cloth
  • If you need something a little more aggressive, you can use a mixture of baking soda and water. Form a paste, apply to the affected areas, let sit for 30 minutes, then use a soft cloth and water to scrub away the paste.
We hope these ‘tips’ help! If you have any other garage questions, always feel free to call our office @ 815-788-1100.