MIDLAND GARAGE DOOR: MAINTENANCE AND CLEANING TIPS
posted MAY 24, 2019
These tips from Midland Garage door will help you keep your garage door clean and operating well for many years to come.
1. GARAGE DOOR CLEANING
Clean your garage door with a mild detergent and rinse off using clean water to remove dust and dirt.
For rust spots use one of the following:
-Orange Clean® Paste Cleaner
-Bar Keepers® Friend
-Turtle Wax® Rubbing Compound (white)
-Turtle Wax Chrome Polish and Rust Remover
-Iron Out® rust stain remover
For protective film adhesive on the face of the door, use one of the following:
-Hot soapy water
-Hot soapy water with denatured alcohol
-Straight denatured alcohol
-3M™ Adhesive Remover -To restore the luster of the paint, use:
-Turtle Wax® Car Wash and Cleaner
-Turtle Wax® Rubbing Compound
CAUTION: Some of these products are abrasive. Use extreme care to prevent paint removal. Inspection and Service
2. GARAGE DOOR INSPECTION
Your garage door should be inspected once a year. For garage doors that are used in harsh environments or are used more frequently, these should be inspected more often.
What to Inspect:
-Door: Overall condition, bottom seal, alignment, operation, rope, spring tension, door balance
-Weather strip: General condition, sealing ability
-Fasteners: Tightness, security of parts and fasteners
-Hinges: General wear, tightness
-Rollers: General wear
-Cables: Fraying, attachment to bottom fixture, wrapping properly on the drums
-Springs: General condition, mounting hardware is secure, shaft condition, bearings, drums, center bearing plate
-Track: Alignment, tightness
-Back hang: Secure
-Control: Reverse functions according to manufacturer instructions If service is required, contact your Midland dealer.
During each inspection, use lightweight oil, such as WD-40® or Three-in-One® Light Oil, to lubricate the following as needed:
-Steel rollers: Roller shaft in the hinge and ball bearings in the roller
-Nylon rollers: Roller shaft in the hinge and roller shaft where the nylon tire turns; do NOT lubricate the outside of the nylon tire as it may cause it to slip and create flat spots
-Springs: Wipe off excess oil to prevent drips
-Lock: T-Handle and moving parts Note: Do not grease the tracks.
Your garage door warranty will be affected if you choose to repaint. However, if you decide to repaint your door, follow the steps below:
-Clean garage door well using tri-sodium phosphate, SoilMax™, Spic & Span® or a similar product.
CAUTION: DO NOT USE HARSH SOLVENTS, SUCH AS LACQUER THINNERS OR MINERAL SPIRITS AS THEY MAY CAUSE PEELING AFTER THE NEW TOPCOAT IS APPLIED.
-Using a brush and sponge, scrub the surface and then use clean water to rinse. Let the door dry.
-Remove all wax that is on the garage door if it it has been waxed previously.
-Be sure to use a rust-inhibiting primer to apply to damaged areas if the galvanized substrate is compromised. Ask a paint store professional when choosing the correct primer.
-Use a Scotch-Brite™ pad to scuff the surface of the garage door. Clean the door as required.
-The topcoat should be with done using quality acrylic latex exterior paint.
-Apply per manufacturer’s instructions.