Keep Window Screens Clean & Conditioned to Maximize Performance

Man cleaning window of a home and installing a screen,When you invest in high quality window screens it is important to properly care for and maintain them.  By doing so, you optimize their effectiveness and extend their life.  Often, homeowners have window screens professionally installed on their home and then forget about them.  They assume that they do not need to do anything once they are installed.  But, it is important to clean and condition your window screens at least once per year.  Window screens should be installed on every window and door because they provide a number of advantages to homeowners.  They allow homeowners to enjoy the cool breeze without having to worry that bugs or other critters will get inside.  Additionally, by taking advantage of the cool breeze outside, you rely less on your air conditioning which saves big on your utility bills.

Season after season, storm after storm, day after day your window screens protect your home from dirt, debris and critters.  But, what that means is that they get dirty.  And, if left uncleaned, the air that passes into your home will have a diminished quality.  This is problematic for any home but particularly so for asthma and allergy sufferers.  Fortunately, every homeowner can easily keep their window screens clean and conditioned with a few easy steps.  The first step is to carefully remove the screens from your windows and many homeowners find that it is helpful to label the screens so that you know which window they go to when it is time to put them back. If window screens have never been cleaned or look particularly dirty, some homeowners find it helpful to gently vacuum their screens before washing. Next, do not use any harsh chemicals or solvents on your window screens as they can damage them.  All you need is a simple solution of water and dish detergent.  Mix a tablespoon of dish detergent with three cups of water (recipe can be duplicated/increased as needed).  Pour the solution into a spray bottle and begin spraying down your window screens with the solution.  If particularly dirt or absolutely necessary, use a soft-bristled brush to gently wipe away any remaining debris.  Avoid pushing too hard or being too aggressive as it could damage your window screens.  Finally, using a garden hose, spray down your window screens to remove the soap, dirt and debris and allow them to dry completely before you put them back on your windows.  At Screens Unlimited, we recommend that homeowners clean their window screens at the beginning and end of every season to optimize their screens effectiveness and make their windows as transparent as possible.  When you properly maintain your window screens by cleaning and conditioning them, they will last for many years!

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