Have you noticed that your window or door screens don’t look as new as they once did? Cleaning your screens may not be your first priority, but you should definitely make it one! It’s vital to regularly maintain the cleanliness of your screens in order to preserve their durability so that they last several years. Dirty screens can poorly affect the air quality of your home and can become easily damaged.
Avoid this by following these tips on how to clean your screens!
Remove Your Screens
Step one- Asses how dirty the screen is in order to determine the best cleaning method!
If your screen is shielded in dirt, place it flat on a towel and clean it with a small handheld vacuum that has a soft brush attachment. Gently vacuum over the screen to remove loose debris, spider webs, dust and pollen. Make sure to repeat this same process on both sides of the screen.
If your screen isn’t suffering from excessive grime, a simple lint brush will be an effective way to eliminate loose dirt. Roll the lint brush over on both sides 2-3 times for this to be effective.
Dish Soap & White Vinegar
A large amount of dirt and grime will require you to scrub the screen with a soft cloth and ¼ cup of dish soap or white vinegar, mixed with ½ gallon of lukewarm water. Hold the screen in an upright position, and start by gently hosing the screen. Then use a soft cloth and gently scrub both sides of the screen. Make sure you don’t scrub too hard. Remember, some screens are fragile and thin, be careful! Feel free to do this outdoors so you can avoid a mess.
If it’s at the point where it’s hard to even see through your screen, use the dish soap and white vinegar method, except substitute the gentle washcloth with a toothbrush. This will allow you to get in deeper and successfully remove all the grime. Once this is done, rinse the screens and let them dry.
Clear Nail Polish
When insects try breaking through your screen, they have the potential to create small holes. If you have any minor holes in your screen, clear nail polish works as strong glue that can easily repair this problem, without it being noticeable. However, this technique doesn’t work on gaping holes. At that point, you may have to purchase a new screen.
Call Your Experts
If you need assistance repairing or replacing your damaged screen, contact the professionals at Doctor Screen! We provide high quality services and solutions, right in the comfort of your own home.