How to Clean Screens on Screen Doors & Windows

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Though glass windows are often cleaned regularly, screens on windows and doors are often left forgotten and neglected. As a result, dust, bugs and other debris are often left encrusted on the screens for years. Taking the time to remove and clean window screens can be a boring chore. However, taking down your screens at least once a year is necessary to keep your screens clean. It does not take a lot of equipment or technique--just some elbow grease.

Things You'll Need

  • Cleaning solution
  • Scrub brush
  • Garden hose
  • Take down the screen. Do not the damage the mesh or bend the frame. Lay the screen against an exterior wall.

  • Mix a cleaning solution of three parts water and one part ammonia. Substitute dish detergent for ammonia, if desired.

  • Dip the scrub brush in the cleaning solution and scrub the screen. Turn the screen over and brush the other side of the screen.

  • Rinse the screen with a garden hose.

  • Scrub any missed spots and rinse again.

  • Shake the screen to remove any excess water. Allow the screen to dry completely before returning it to the window or door.

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