2-Step Guide To Removing Rust From Your Garage Door's Springs

If you have noticed that your garage door does not open smoothly or has started to make loud noises when you open or close it, the springs may be rusty. If so, use the following guide to remove the rust from the springs.

Step 1:  Coat The Springs With White Distilled Vinegar

The first step involves coating the rusty springs with white distilled vinegar. The acetic acid in the vinegar soaks deep into the rust, breaking down the oxidation at its core. Once this has happened, it can be easily removed in step two.

Using a lint-free cloth to keep from snagging the springs, apply a liberal layer of vinegar to the springs. Make sure to add extra liquid around the crevices so it can penetrate the rust. Leave the coating on for about a half an hour to an hour to give the vinegar time to work.

After the time has passed, use a clean, damp cloth to wipe away the excess vinegar and top layers of rust. As you do so, look for any signs that the metal has started to deteriorate. If so, do not proceed to the next step, as it may break the springs. Instead, call a professional from a company like AAA Garage Door, Inc. to examine and replace them. If the springs appear to be solid, go on to the second step.

Step 2:  Scrub The Springs With A Metal Wire Brush

Once you have treated the rust on the springs, the next step is to scrub them with a metal wire brush. This helps scrape the remaining oxidation off of the metal. While you could use a steel wool pad if you do not have a brush, the bristles of the brush are able to reach the small area between the springs where rust can accumulate and greatly impact your garage door's function.

When scrubbing the springs, go in the direction of the crevices first to ensure you reach the area between them. Then, brush the bristles in the opposite direction to wipe away the rest. Once you have scrubbed the entire surface of each spring, use a damp cloth to remove the residual rust.

After removing the rust from the springs, you should see an improvement in the way your garage door glides. However, if you still have problems or have found structural damage to the metal, you may want to contact a professional service to replace your garage door springs.