My Screens are Filthy

My Screens are Filthy!

Here are some tricks and tips to cleaning your screens.

Imagine yourself living in a house with filthy window screens with little sunshine coming inside, because of dust and dirt that accumulates over time. Window screens are supposed to prevent dirt, allergens, insects, and other unwanted elements from getting inside your house. However, over time all these unwanted invaders will accumulate on your screens. Knowing how to clean your window screens properly can significantly help in keeping them free of contaminants and longer lasting. Apply these tricks and tips in cleaning your screens.

Detach your Window Screens

For maximum cleaning results, you need to detach your screens from the windows before cleaning. If you are planning just to clean quickly, then its okay to leave them in your window, however doing that won’t thoroughly clean them and they might still look dirty. It would be best to entirely remove your screens to make sure every nook and cranny gets meticulously clean.

Use Lint Brush

If your screens are only a bit dirty, then you can use a lint brush. Simply roll over up and down, side to side and repeat 2 to 3 times in order to get rid of the loose dust.

Use a Vacuum Cleaner

If your window screens are covered with loose dirt and dust, a vacuum cleaner is the best solution. Use a vacuum cleaner that comes with a soft brush accessory, if not you may end up damaging your screens. Position the soft brush on your vacuum hose and move it gently against every screen. Don’t press too much as you can cause damage to the screen or even tear it. Vacuum both sides of the window screen until all grime and dust are removed.

Use a Cleaning Solution

In case your screens have accumulated caked-on debris, they will have to be scrubbed to really become clean. Doing that would require half a gallon of lukewarm water mixed with 1 tablespoon of dish soap. You can substitute the soap with white vinegar. It is best to clean the screen outside as cleaning them can be quite a mess. Wet your window screens first by using a garden hose. Second, using a soft cloth, dipped in the solution, and scrubs your screens on both sides until the caked-on debris is eliminated. Don’t scrub too hard if your screens are thin or fragile. Rinse and let dry completely, after then place them back in your window.

Insect problems

When it comes to those stubborn insects that keep on sneaking through your window screens, after cleaning you can seal any small holes and the bottom part of the screen using a clear nail polish. However, if your screens are already old and worn and full of holes, it’s probably time for you to buy new ones.

Keeping window screens clean is an important part of having a home ready for its occupants to enjoy while staying healthy and insect free. Fresh air makes a real difference in the air quality of a home and is a known factor to having a good night’s sleep.