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As long as your garage door is of the best quality, you can expect it to last for a long time. How long, of course, depends on how well you take care of it.

More often than not, we tend to forget about our garage door until it starts to exhibit some issues. Only then will we pay it some attention, which is wrong on so many levels.

Let us not forget that our garage door is one of the most frequently used doors in your home. It also bears the brunt of the elements. For a part of our house that works so hard, the least we could do is perform regular maintenance on it.

With regular maintenance, our garage door will serve us well for years. Without it, you will likely have to bring in garage door repair technicians, or worse, replace it sooner than expected.

One of the most common and easiest garage door maintenance tasks that you or any other member of your household can perform is keeping its safety sensors or electronic eyes clean and clear.

Usually located on both sides near the tracks, these sensors, which emit a beam of light to detect obstructions that could lead to an accident, must be dirt-free at all times. A clean, dry rag should suffice for cleaning these sensors.

While you’re at it, check the sensors’ alignment and ensure that the beams of light connect to form that invisible safety tripwire that automatically stops the garage door from closing on your pet or, worse, your children.

Another easy garage door maintenance job that you can do is to lubricate its rollers periodically to keep it opening and closing smoothly.

However, don’t reach for that can of WD-40 just yet. It may be the most popular oil lubricant in the world, but it’s a degreaser. Your garage door’s rollers need grease, so use lithium- or silicone-based lubricant instead.

Keeping your garage door rust-free is also very important. Your garage door may not be metal, but some of its parts are, and they will likely become rusty if you don’t do some preventive maintenance. All you need for the task is a piece of cloth soaked in vinegar. Rub that cloth on metal parts that are showing signs of rusting.

If you want more garage door maintenance tips, check out the infographic.

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