For people who think that having a door and window screen is tacky, then they are not reaping the full benefits of having them. Especially when it is the summer season and leaving the door or windows open can really help in letting in a fresh and cool breeze.
For those who do not have these screens, then they will be letting the mosquitoes and flies enter as well. This is precisely the reason why having a door and window screen is important. However, along with preventing these insects from entering the house, they can also trap pollen and dust.
Therefore, you are left with a very dusty screen that can no longer filter out insects or what have you as it is already filled to the brim. Surely, having these screens are only beneficial when you are also able to maintain it.
But how will you clean it? Well, that is what we are going to discuss in this article. So keep on reading to find out how!
When to Clean Window and Door Screens
You should clean your screens at least twice a year. This goes for both removable and fixed screens. The first cleaning should be done at the start of the season and the second cleaning at the end of the season.
Also, they should be vacuumed and dusted weekly so that the dust that is trapped in the screens can be lessened and will not have built up. While doing so, you should also be on the lookout if there are any holes.
How to Clean Removable Window and Door Screens
For those who have removable screens, the cleaning process is easier as you do not have to climb anything or make use of step ladders. If you are going to clean them all in one go, then be sure to mark which screens fit a specific door and window so that you will be able to put them back correctly.
Materials You Need
Drop cloth or tarpaulin
Hand duster or a vacuum that has a dusting attachment
Hose with a spray attachment
What To Do
Remove the spiderwebs and the dust
First off, you should lay out the drop cloth or tarpaulin on the area where you are going to place the screens that you removed. Lay down the screens on the tarp and use the hand duster to get rid of the spiderwebs, pollen, and dirt. You can also use a vacuum with a dusting attachment.
If you cannot clean outside, you can also clean inside your bathroom by using the bathtub. Just make sure that you place towels in the tub in order to prevent any scratches.
Mix the solution
Use a large bucket with three parts water and one part ammonia. Stir it well. Take your sponge and dip it in the mixture. With the sponge, wipe the surfaces of the screens. Make sure that you also wipe the edges and the frames. Further, wearing gloves will be helpful as you are working with ammonia.
Rinse and dry
With the hose that has a spray attachment, rinse both of the sides of the screen. Make sure that you do not use a forceful spray or a pressure washer as doing so might destroy the screens.
If you have the luxury of time, it will be good to let them air dry. If you need to put them back immediately, then take old towels and gently pat them dry.
Clean the window frames and install the screens
Make sure that you vacuum or at least brush the window and door frames before you reinstall the screens. You should do this because pollen and dust can also accumulate in the corners and crevices of the frames. Lastly, before putting them back, they should be completely dry.
How to Clean Non-Removable Door and Window Screens
Cleaning non-removable door and window screens are almost the same as cleaning the removable ones. However, there is just a variation in terms of rinsing and drying them as of course, you cannot use a garden house in your house.
Materials You Need
Old towels, tarpaulin, or drop cloth
A vacuum that has a crevice tool
Scrub brush, microfiber cloth, or sponge
Protective eye gear
What To Do
Protect other areas
Put the tarp or the dry cloth on the surrounding area. This will help protect your carpets or floors.
Removal of dust
It is actually much better to use the hand duster with this one as the screen will not be able to be laid flat. In this way, they may be bent easily. So, if you can, do not use a vacuum as it may be too harsh.
Make sure to dust both of the sides of the screen. Make use of the crevice tool of the vacuum to remove dust and dirt. Further, make sure that you get the ones that are stuck in the door and window frames.
Preparation of the cleaning and rinsing solution
With the use of one bucket, mix three parts of water with one part of ammonia. The second bucket should just be filled with plain water and this will be the one that you are going to use for rinsing.
Wipe the screen
Take your soft-bristled brush, sponge mop, or microfiber cloth and dip it into the ammonia solution. Make sure to use gloves in order to protect your hands. Wipe the sections of the screen. You should also include the door or window frame.
Once those are clean, dip a clean cloth into the water and wipe the frame and screen. You should do this repeatedly until there is no more residue left.
Dry the screen
With the use of an old towel, wipe the recently cleaned screen in order to dry it. After doing so, you can then move to the other screens and repeat all the processes. Once you are done with all of them, you can turn on a fan so that the air will circulate and get rid of the smell as well as a help in the drying process.