Window screens are wonderful because they allow you to have fresh air and sunlight without the annoyance of insects and other unwanted visitors in your home.
However, without regular maintenance a window screen can become dirty, damaged and will eventually need to be replaced. It’s always less expensive to clean your screens than it is to replace them, so save yourself some money and take the time to take care of those screens.
Here are a few tips and tricks to help you maintain your window screens, so they’ll last just as long as your windows.
How do I clean a window screen?
To clean a window screen remove it from the window frame. Use a mixture of mild soap and water and scrub the screen with a soft bristle brush. Brush both sides of the screen and around the interior and exterior of the frame. Rinse off the unit with lukewarm water. Make sure you allow the screen to dry completely before replacing in the window.
Are there any “do’s and don’ts” of window screen cleaning?
Yes! NEVER pressure wash a window screen or window. The force of the water could damage the screen or window.
How often should window screens be cleaned?
Yearly cleaning is suggested.
How do I repair a small hole (less than the size of a nickel) in a window screen?
Patch kits for small holes are available in most hardware and home stores.
Do screens fade over time?
Yes. Almost every window screen will fade slightly over time when exposed to sunlight. Check out your window screen warranty for specifics on replacement steps if you feel it’s needed.
Do window screens need to be removed during winter months?