When your garage door is targeted by vandalism, it sends an unfortunate message to your community that conditions are unsafe. To be sure, you do not want to allow the graffiti or whatever sign of vandalism to remain in evidence. But what’s the best way to recover? Read on for tips on cleaning your commercial door, or repairing when necessary.

Cleaning Your Door

You will need to either clean your door or have it cleaned by a professional door installer and maintenance company.

If you’re not sure of the best way to deal with graffiti that has defaced, do not just charge in and start cleaning or you could do damage. When cleaning spray paint or permanent marker, it’s OK to clean an aluminum or steel door right away with graffiti removal solvent – but it’s always a good idea to check with a door specialist first. Other common products used for graffiti removal are

  • Stove cleaner
  • Paint thinner or enamel remover

Do not use these products on a wooden door. To clean graffiti on wood, use a medium soft brush and grease-fighting soap. Scrub in the direction of the woodgrain. After removing the paint, sandpaper the area to smooth it out. Then, spray the door with water and paint it or stain it.

You may also want to encourage your city to become active in helping business owners and invidiuals recover from graffiti by offering low-cost or free products clean the doors.