How to Properly Clean and Maintain Garage Door Tracks

10October 2023

The tracks are an often overlooked part of the garage door. Yet, they are an essential component of the system. The garage door track guides the door as it opens and closes, so keeping the tracks clean and maintained is important for optimal performance and longevity of your garage door. Below are tips on how to clean and maintain your garage door tracks.

What is Needed to Clean Garage Door Tracks?

There are several supplies that are needed to clean the garage door tracks. These include:

    • A vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment
    • A damp cloth or sponge
    • A bucket of warm, soapy water
    • A small scrub brush
    • Silicone lubricant

Steps to Cleaning the Tracks

1. Disconnect the power. Before you start cleaning your garage door tracks, it is important to disconnect the power to your garage door opener to prevent accidents. You can either unplug the opener from the outlet or turn off the power at the circuit breaker.

2. Vacuum the tracks. Use a vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment to remove any dirt, debris, or cobwebs from the garage door tracks. Pay special attention to the corners and crevices where dirt tends to accumulate. This will help prevent the buildup of debris that can affect the smooth operation of your garage door.

3: Wipe down the tracks. Dampen a cloth or sponge in warm, soapy water and wipe down the garage door tracks to remove any remaining dirt or grime. Use a small scrub brush to clean any stubborn areas where dirt is trapped. Then, dry the tracks thoroughly to prevent rust from forming.

4: Lubricate the tracks. Once the tracks are clean and dry, apply a thin layer of silicone lubricant to the tracks. This will help the door rollers glide smoothly along the tracks, reducing wear and tear on the system.

How to Prevent Garage Door Track Damage

There are routine tasks that can help prevent garage door track damage. These include:

  • Inspect the tracks regularly for any signs of wear or damage, such as dents or bends. Replace any damaged tracks.
  • Keep the tracks clear of debris and clutter to ensure smooth operation of your garage door.
  • Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners on the tracks, as these can damage the metal and cause rust.
  • Schedule regular maintenance checks with a professional garage door technician to keep your system in top condition.

Regular cleaning and maintenance will help extend the lifespan of your garage door and prevent costly repairs down the line. Always consult your garage door manufacturer’s guidelines for specific maintenance recommendations and products that are safe to use on your system. Call Chad’s Garage Doors at 225-281-6346 if you need assistance.