Cleaning the window screens regularly is highly recommended. Aside from preventing dust and dirt build-up, regular cleaning can also prolong the life of the screens and promotes good incoming air quality too.
There are lots of ways to clean window screens and I covered some of them below. Each method highly depends on the amount of dirt build-up. Read them up and choose the method that best suits your window screens.
Method 1 – For Minimal Dirt
For screens with little to no dirt, taking them down from their screens won’t be necessary anymore. Just use a soft brush or a soft cloth to clean or wipe it up.
Method 2 – For Visible Dirt
If dust and dirt are building up at your screens, then it’s time for you to take the screen down from its frame. With the help of a lint brush, roll over each screen on both sides of screens to remove the loose dirt and dust. Repeat this step as necessary until dirt is taken out. If this step won’t work, then it’s time for you to move at method 3.
Method 3 – For Screens Covered With Dirt and Dust
If a lint brush can’t take out the dirt and dust, then a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment can surely help. Run the vacuum (with the soft brush attached at its hose) lightly against each screen. Don’t push too hard to avoid screen tear. Vacuum both sides of the screen until all dirt and dust are gone. Repeat if necessary.
Method 4 – For Stubborn Dirt and Sticky Grime
For hard to clean dust and dirt that are already sticking at your screen, vacuuming them simply won’t help. You need to get your hands dirty and manually scrub them off with a help of cleaning solution. You can mix a tablespoon of white vinegar or tablespoon dish soap with ½ gallon of lukewarm water to create a solution.
Wet your screen first with a garden hose. Dip a soft cloth in the solution and scrub it at both sides of the screens until dirt and grime fells off. Avoid scrubbing or pushing too hard at the screen to avoid tear and damage. Rinse the solution with the garden hose and let it dry completely before installing them back at the window.
Method 5 – For Screens Fully Covered With Dirt And Can’t Be Cleaned By Above Methods
If above methods are not enough for you to clean your window screens, then this one is your best shot. Mix a tablespoon of dish soap or vinegar and ½ gallon of lukewarm water to create a cleaning solution. Dip an old toothbrush at the solution and gently brush the screen until grime is taken out. Do this gently to avoid any kind of damage. Rinse the screen with a garden hose and let it dry completely,
If the above methods are not enough for you to clean your window screens (let’s say you completely ignored them for 2 years or so), then it might be a good time for you to seek professional help. If you are living in or around Parker, Colorado, ParkerWindowScreens.Com can certainly help!