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How to Remove Rust From Your Garage Door

Regardless of your garage door color, you may notice that it has turned a rustic orange color as spring approaches. How did this happen?

The salt you spread on driveways stews during winter, slowly eating away at your garage door. Over time it can compromise the structural integrity of steel, aluminum and wood doors. But these simple maintenance tips can help you restore it.   

Cleaning boosts curbside appeal and extends the life of your garage door. The only cleaning supplies needed for any garage door style is a bucket, warm water and a standard grease fighting soap or detergent. But you might also want to consider using white vinegar and water with a medium soft-bristled brush on steel and aluminum doors since the respond well to this technique. Where additional tools are concerned, hard bristles can scratch the door surface, so opt for a softer brush.  

Cleaning steel and aluminum doors

It’s not ideal to start your cleaning projects during freezing temperatures. But once your driveway is clear and the day is warm, inspect the bottom of your garage door for rust or corrosion and:

  • Brush the door with soap and water, starting at the bottom where the rust is concentrated
  • Rinse thoroughly and let dry
  • Dip an old cloth in white vinegar (do not use cider or spiced vinegar) and wipe the rusted areas with a steel wool pad. Repeat this until the surface is shiny again
  • Apply a primer corrosion inhibitor, Zinc Chromate, which will prevent further rusting

Cleaning wood doors

Salt can cause wood to swell and expand, leading to splits and cracks. You can avoid damages to your wood door with these cleaning tips:

  • Wash door with soap, water, and a clean cloth
  • Brush design elements (areas around knobs, recessed panels, and windows) with an old toothbrush, which is soft and paint-friendly
  • Once dry, apply wood staining protection or repaint

Anyone in your home can clean the garage door, including the kids. If the damage is beyond your ability to repair, call an expert. Garage Doors of Indianapolis offers full repair services for residential and commercial garage doors in the greater Indianapolis area. Contact us to schedule a service visit.

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