Cleaning Your Window Screens

Wash Window Screens

Spring will arrive on March 20, 2016.   Have you started your list of spring cleaning items to accomplish?  Is cleaning your window screens on that list?   It should be.   Your window screens take a beating.  They are exposed to the elements and other harsh conditions – sun, rain, wind, snow, dirt, and insects.

Window screens allow you to have fresh air and sunlight without the aggravation of insects and other unwanted visitors in your home. Dirty screens can become weak and damage easily. It’s always cheaper to clean your screens than it is to replace them.

If you are ready to tackle this project – here is what you will need:  A cleaning solution of 1 part ammonia to 3 parts water mixed with 1 Tbsp dish soap to ½ gallon water or any cleaner from your store that is safe for screens (The cleaning solution should be mixed in a spray bottle), a garden hose, a soft bristled brush, a Sponge, and a bucket with warm rinse water.

  • Remove the screens from the window
  • Take the screens outside and lay them flat on the drop cloths or tarps, making sure the area is clear of rocks or other objects that could stretch or damage the screens.
  • Mix cleaning solution of your choice and place in spray bottle for easy application.
  • Use your garden hose to completely soak the screens. If you have access to warm water outside that will be even more helpful in removing the gunk and build-up.
  • Spray the cleaning solution on the front and back of each screen. Let the screen soak and let the cleaner do the work for you.
  • Using the soft bristled brush or old tooth brush, gently scrub remaining dirt and grime loose from both sides of the screens. Avoid using too much pressure or excessive scrubbing as both can damage the screen (especially the soft mesh screens). Again, let the cleaner do the work for you!
  • Use the sponge to wipe off the frame and remove any dirt and grime.
  • Use your garden hose to spray off both sides thoroughly—watching for any missed spots or residue.
  • Shake each screen to remove any excess water.
  • Lay screens back on the drop cloth or prop against a wall to dry completely before reinstalling.
  • Before you replace the screens, wipe out the grooves and sills.

Your screens will be ready for the nice spring weather.   You just guaranteed longer lasting screens for another season!



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