Welcome to the Metro Screenworks blog! If this is your first time here, welcome! Metro Screenworks is an online screen store based in Denver, Colorado who has been providing high-quality standard and custom window screens for customers all over the country for over 30 years. Suffice it to say, we know a thing or two about window screens! Today on our blog, we will be answering a question we hear a lot: “How do I clean my window screens?”
Why Should I Clean My Window Screens?
Before we dive into the step-by-step process of cleaning window screens, we must understand why it is important to clean your window screens in the first place. Dust, dirt, allergens, and other grime can easily make their way onto our window screens due to rain, wind, and other weather elements. If these are allowed to remain on our screens, these particles will eventually end up in the air that we breath which isn’t good for us. Cleaning your screens annually, at the very least, is a must — not only for your health, but also to remove visual obstructions on your screen as well.
5 Steps For Clean Window Screens
Step 1: Remove Your Screens
First, you need to remove your screens. It can be easy to want to leave your screens in your windows. However to effectively clean your screens, keep dirt and grim from getting all over your window, and protect your window area from damage, it is best to remove them.
Step 2: Access the Dirt & Insect Level
Removing your windows also gives you a better view of the dirt level of your screens versus just leaving them in your windows. How you clean your window screens are will be determined by the level of dirty on them.
Step 3: Clean
If your screens are minimally dirty — a light coating of dust — you could opt to roll each screen over, shake them, and simply knock the dirt off for a dust-free screen.
Dirty & Dusty
Most likely, your screens need a more thorough cleaning than simply knocking the dust off. Using a vacuum on your screens can remove the dirt that won’t come off with a simple shake. However, when using a vacuum, be careful not to apply too much pressure and stretch your screens out.
Dirt & Caked on Grime
If your screens are caked with dirt and grime, we suggest rolling up your sleeves, applying some elbow grease, and scrubbing your screens clean. Use a solution of white vinegar or dish soap and lukewarm water as you scrub your screens clean.
- 1 T. dish soap or white vinegar
- ½ gallon of lukewarm water
First, wet the screens using a garden hose, then scrub them using a brush and the soap solution. Be careful not to scrub too hard! Some screen materials can be fragile and tear if you apply too much pressure.
Step 4: Rinse
Once your screens are scrubbed clean, it’s time to rinse them. Using a garden hose, rinse the screens till the water runs clean. Allowing some pressure behind the stream of water can assist in the rinsing process. However, be careful not to damage fragile screen material. Rinsing your dirty window screens with gently pressurized water to clean them can be a cleaning alternative if you don’t know how dirty your screens really are or don’t have time to scrub them clean.
Step 5: Dry
Next, it’s time to let your window screens dry. Though it might be tempting to install your window screens while they are still wet, don’t! Lay your window screens out in the sunshine to air dry. Depending on where you live, they will most likely be dry within a matter of an hour or two.
Have Questions About Your Window Screens?
Do you have questions about your window screens? Are you unsure how to get your screens clean or when to replace them? Contact the window screen experts at Metro Screenworks. We would be happy to help you! Also be sure to shop our online store when you need custom window screens, replacement window screens, screen doors, and more!