Your Complete Garage Door Maintenance Regime

Garage doors are built to last, but, like any mechanical device, they need regular maintenance and servicing. This not only extends their lifespan and ensures they operate smoothly, it also allows you to spot any potential problems with your garage doors before they become serious.

In this article, we will explain how to maintain a garage door, guiding you through this multi-part process.


You should clean your garage doors every six months or so, to remove any dust and grime from them. Start by washing the garage door panels, using mild detergent and a cloth or soft-bristled brush to prevent scratches. Once this is done, clean any windows in your garage door using an all-purpose glass cleaner. As you clean, keep an eye out for any signs of rust or other corrosion.

Removing rust

Modern garage doors are treated to prevent the build-up of rust, but you might occasionally find the odd patch here or there. If caught quickly enough, you can remove the rust with some steel wool. Once done, rinse and dry the affected area thoroughly before coating it with a protective paint.

Inspect and replace weather stripping

Weather stripping forms a seal between your garage door and the outside world, protecting it from wind, rain, and other elements. Inspect it at the same time you wash your doors, looking for signs of deterioration. If your weather stripping is looking a little worn, it’s a good idea to replace it before the damage gets worse.


Any device with moving parts needs to be regularly lubricated, and your garage door is no exception. Once a month, take the time to spray all moving components with a little WD-40. This includes all pulleys, rollers, bearings, and tracks, and will facilitate the smooth opening and closing of your garage door.


Keep a small tin of paint that matches your existing garage door for touching up areas where it has flaked away or you need to remove some troublesome rust. Of course, you could always change the colour if you wanted to mix things up. If doing so, be sure to use the appropriate primer and apply a waterproof finish once completed.

Mechanism inspection

This is where you ensure your garage door operates as intended and should be performed at least once a year. The components differ between types of garage door, but, in general, you’re going to check the rollers, pulleys and cables, springs, and hinges.

You’re looking for cracks, scratches, and other signs of wear and tear. If they are largely cosmetic, you can likely leave them for a little longer. Noticeable cracks should be reported to a professional for immediate assistance. Don’t forget to inspect any supporting hardware like brackets and runners, as they also have a part to play.

Garage Door Maintenance: Final Thoughts

While most of these tasks you can undertake yourself, you might need professional help with some of the more complicated garage door mechanisms. Here at Guardian Garage Doors, we offer full garage door servicing to customers across Northamptonshire. We can also assist you with any garage door repairs if you spot damage to your garage doors during your own maintenance routine. Give the team a call today on 01604 810 710 or send an email to for a free, no-obligation quote.



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