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How to Clean Window Screens

July 31, 2013 Categories: Home Renovation Tips

Window Screens

In this post you will learn...

  • A step by step guide to cleaning your window screens.
  • What products you will need to clean your window screens.

Looking through clean window screens is one of life’s simple pleasures and is not difficult to do, especially with Stanek easy-to-clean windows. You can clean your screens outside or in a bath tub with ordinary household products. Here is a step-by-step guide:

  1. To get your screens really clean you will need to remove them from the window. With windows that tip inward for cleaning, raise the lower window and release the clasp that allows you to tip the window inward. Then release the screen clasp and tip the screen inward and remove it. If you have large windows and the screen cannot be passed through the window opening, you will need a helper outside to remove the screen once you have released the stays or clasps on the inside. If your screens have hardware that must be removed, make sure you place all parts in a zip bag, taking care to label which parts came from which windows.
  2. Be sure that your work area does not have rocks or other debris that could damage the screen. Make up a solution of dish detergent and warm water in a bucket; or one part ammonia to three parts water, but wear gloves to protect your hands.
  3. Give the windows a good rinsing with a garden hose or a removable shower head.
  4. Using a rag or soft bristled brush, gently scrub the screening and surrounding frame with the solution; pushing too hard on the screen can make it sag or rip.
  5. After all the screens are washed, give them a thorough rinsing. Then gently tap them on the bottom of the bath tub or your outdoor work surface to get rid of excess water. Let them air dry and then replace them in each window and enjoy the view!

One final tip: There are commercial screen cleaning products that spray on and wipe off, and these are a good option for very large screens that are difficult to handle or screens that are not easy to remove, such as the sliding screen in your patio door.