Ask the Experts – Cleaning Window Screens

The Cleaning Experts at  A Clean Streak answer your toughest cleaning questions.

Cleaning Window ScreensSamantha M. from Anacortes asks: Now that winter is almost over (I hope), I really want to let the sunshine in…but my window screens are just filthy. I know that the best way to clean them is to take them out, but some of them just won’t budge. Do you have any tips you can share to help me clean my screens while they’re still in place?

A Clean Streak, The Window Cleaning Experts answer:  Hi Samantha. Over the winter season, window screens can definitely trap a lot of dirt and debris, and you’re absolutely correct that cleaning them will allow more sunshine and fresh air into your home. While removing the screens for cleaning is generally the accepted practice, we understand that some screens are more difficult to remove than others, and sometimes, it’s just not possible or practical to take the screens out for cleaning. Since we’ve encountered this issue in the past, we’ve come up with some easy to follow guidelines!

  • Cleaning ScreensFirst, lay some old towels (or plastic sheeting) down under the area where you’ll be cleaning (screen cleaning can be a messy job). Also, if your screens are above your head, be sure to don some safety goggles to protect your eyes.
  • Working from the top down, wipe the screens with a dry, microfiber towel to remove the first layer of dust.
  • Using a soft brush attachment, vacuum your screens to remove the next layer of dirt and debris. Be careful not to press too hard, and test the suction of your vacuum cleaner before applying it to the screen to ensure it’s not so strong it will warp the screen material.
  • Fill a bucket with 2 TBSP of “green” dish soap, 4 TBSP of ammonia, 1 ½ TBSP of Borax powder and 2 ½ gallons of warm water. Stir to dissolve the cleaning solution, and then fill another bucket with just warm water to use as your rinse bucket.
  • Dip a lint-free microfiber cloth into the soapy solution, and wring it out till it’s just damp. Working from the top, wipe the screen. You may need to rinse and wring out your cloth frequently to remove the dirt and dust that accumulates.
  • After the cleaning solution has been applied to the entire screen, dip another microfiber cloth into the rinse bucket, and wring it out till it’s just damp.
  • Wipe the cleaning solution (and any remaining dust and debris) from the screen. You may need to rinse and wring this cloth frequently too.
  • Allow the screens to air dry.

Depending on how long it’s been since your screens were last cleaned and the kinds of dirt and debris blowing through your neighborhood, you may be able to get by with just cleaning the screens from the inside. If you need to tackle them from the outside too, be sure to choose a calm day for the project — as you can well imagine, cleaning on a windy day will allow even more dust to attach to those wet screens!

Thanks for your question Samantha.  Cleaning those window screens is a bit time-consuming but the end result will certainly make your home feel brighter and more airy.  If tackling this project on your own sounds too tough, we encourage you to call the professionals at A Clean Streak. We’ll provide the know-how and the manpower to get the job done the right way! Call us at 360-395-5748 for a free project estimate today.

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