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Mini Projects with Big Impact: Screens

It’s such an easy thing to do and has such an impact from both sides of the window, yet an amazing amount of us balk at getting it done. Cleaning your screens reward you and your home so there is no time like the present waning summer.

Take It Off

Begin by removing screens from the windows. If you’re removing all of your home’s screens at once be sure to take the time to label each window and the proper placement for reinstallation. Trust us on this one!

Vacuum

Lay the screen flat on a white towel, and run a handheld vacuum or a vacuum with an extendable attachment over the screen gently to remove loose debris like spider webs, dust and pollen. A white towel will allow you to really see where you need to concentrate.

Flip the screen and clean the other side the same way.

Soap

In the bucket, mix 1/4 cup of liquid all-purpose cleaner with 1/2 gallon of water. Lift the screen to an upright position and gently wash over both sides of each screen from top to bottom with a sudsy sponge or microfiber cloth. This is not the time to flex muscle. Be gentle.

Rinse

Turn on the hose to run at a low pressure and rinse the screen clean. Do this before the soap has a chance to dry. Again. This is no time to rush or use brute strength. If you have a nozzle set to a powerful setting, you risk loosening the screen from the spline (especially with fiberglass screens) rendering the screen saggy or creating gaps between the screen and the frame.

Dry

Use a dry towel to absorb excess water on the screen, and allow the screens to air dry. Perhaps lay them out on the lawn in the afternoon sun for the day. Maintain the screens regularly between soapy cleanings by using an extendable vacuum to remove dust and pollen.

Finally you can open you window when there is a breeze and not feel like you live on the inside of a vacuum filter.