Fall maintenance – the bat cave…

Fall maintenance may not sound very interesting – it may even result in a yawn or two.  Now, mention that it is about a bat cave and I’ve got your attention!


Back to reality – sadly, we don’t really have a bat cave.  We have a garage that a friend nicknamed the bat cave (because access is via an alley and the outdoor lighting is on a motion sensor) – so, it does have a bit of surreal vibe at night.

Does the real bat cave have wood doors?  I am not sure.

Our garage doors are wood – Douglas Fir, specifically.  When we decided to go with wood doors, we were well educated and prepared for the associated maintenance.   We really liked the doors from the beginning – we still really like the doors – we want to keep them looking great for years to come.


We have 2 large roll up garage doors and 4 regular exterior doors to maintain.  That sounds like a lot but it only takes about 4-5 hours to get it all done.


I first wipe the doors down with dish soap and water.  Then, I use a damp cloth with clean rinse water to wipe away the extra soapy water.  Next, I do a quick sanding with a fine drywall block/sponge – mostly to remove some of the sap spots that have popped up over the year.  Then, the door gets wiped down with a tack cloth – or just a towel if I don’t have any tack cloths.  Finally, I put on a coat of Superdeck Transparent Stain and Sealer.  The first few years I ended up needing to put on more than one coat because it soaked right into the wood.  This year the doors only needed 1 coat.  It keeps getting easier and quicker each year.  The product information actually says that it can last 3-5 years on vertical surfaces.  I am a little nervous to let it go that long, but I might think about trying to see if I can transition to at least every other year – we will see.  In the meantime, check out that shine.


We also decided to get the trim cleaned up this fall – it was looking a little beat up.  It was pretty basic – Tad set the nails that had popped out (or maybe were never set correctly to begin with?), filled the divots with some wood filler, sanded lightly, caulked as needed, and painted.


The bat cave looks as good as new!