Window screens work as wonderful filters. They allow fresh air and sunlight in, without letting unwanted visitors like insects, and pollens in your home. To increase the life of your screens, it is advisable to keep cleaning them regularly as dirty screens become weak and get damaged easily. Besides, it is always cheaper to clean them than to replace them.
We give you some essential tips and tricks on how to clean window screens.
Tips to Clean Window Screens
Tip #1 The most obvious thing to do is to go at the glass window and clean the screens. But hold on a bit. Before you head out to cleaning window screens, grab a piece of rag or cleaning pad, pull back the curtains and open the window. Watch out for crud and cobwebs in the frame and tracks of the window. You don’t want your hands or wiping towel to get filthy. With a small-handled brush, sweep out the debris.
Tip #2 Now de-grime the screens by running a vacuum cleaner over it, in dusting-brush attachment. Proceed with a side-to-side and top-to-bottom approach.
Tip #3 Next, the most important and a safer thing to do while cleaning window screens is to remove them from the window.
Tip #4 It is advisable to clean all the screens in an outdoor area where you’ll have plenty of space to work. If space is the matter of concern, you can clean them in the bathtub, or occupy some space in the garage, just make sure there is a drain for the water to be removed.
Tip #5 Always hold the screens from an angle, through its edges.
Tip #6 Make a cleansing solution by mixing 1 cup of ammonia and 1 tbsp. of dish liquid soap in 3 cups of water. Pour this solution into a spray bottle. Spray it on the entire screen. With a scrub brush, gently rub the screen to remove grime and dirt buildup. Run warm water over it, and air-dry. This is the best way to clean window screens.
Tip #7 Don’t forget to spray the cleansing solution on both the sides of the screen.
Tip #8 If you notice any streaks, go for a second round of ‘spraying and drying’ session.
Tip #9 The best time to start cleansing windows is on a cool, cloudy day. At times such, soapy water (or cleaning solution grime) doesn’t dry on the glass screens.
Tip #10 Arrange a tarp in your yard to dry the screens. Make sure the surface is clean, and devoid of pebbles or rocks.
Tip #11 If the stains are stubborn, sponge with a solution of white vinegar (1 tbsp.) and warm water (2 cups). Dunk them in clean water, and wipe with a clean, dry cloth. Let them dry in open air.
Tip #12 Carefully, reinstall the screens after they have dried completely, and are free of soapy streaks.
Make sure to wear your pair of cleaning gloves. Handle the screens and other hardware with care.