How To Clean Window Screens Thoroughly Without Breaking Them

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Want to know how to clean window screens? Fortunately, this task is much easier than you might think. The great thing about screens is that they let you get all of the fresh air that you want while avoiding annoying insects.

If you don’t have screens over your windows, then you probably don’t open your windows much to get sunlight and fresh air. This is especially true if you’re someone who cannot stand insects, especially spiders!

Over time, window screens get dirty and become damaged. However, it’s almost always cheaper to clean and restore than to replace.

How to Give Window Screens a Deep Clean

If you’ve decided to clean your window screens, make sure you clean them all. It’s best to do it all at once. You should clean all screens together outside. There must be a place for the water to drain wherever you choose to clean them.

Here is a list of the items you’ll need for the cleaning:

  • Sponge
  • Soft bristled brush
  • Garden hose
  • Spray bottle
  • Cleaning solution safe for screens
  • 1 tablespoon of dish soap with ½ gallon of water
  • 1 part ammonia with 3 parts ammonia
  • Cleaning solution
  • Tarps
  • Small Ziploc bags
  • Old towels
  • Buck of warm rinse water

Let’s get started! First, remove all of the screens from the windows. Label the hardware and screens as you take them off. You should never try to clean the screens while they’re still in the window.

Write a number on the frame of each window and make sure to properly label the corresponding Ziploc bag that contains the hardware. You’ll need to be able to quickly determine what screen goes where and what hardware goes with it when you’re finished cleaning.

If you’re planning to clean second story windows, you should really try to get help for additional safety. Oversized window screens can be especially difficult to remove.

As you remove all of the screens, lay them down in the yard on a large tarp or pavement. Pour your favorite cleaning solution into a spray bottle. Soak the screens thoroughly with a hose.

Spray cleaning solution on both the front and back of the screens. Let the screens soak for a few minutes. Grab your old tooth brush or bristled brush and gently scrub the screens to get rid of any grime and dirt.

Be sure to avoid scrubbing too hard or excessively because you don’t want to damage the screens. Use a sponge to wipe down the frame of the screen. When you’re finished scrubbing, spray both sides of every screen thoroughly with the hose.

Before you reinstall the screens, lay them somewhere and allow them to dry completely. Also make sure to clean out the sills and grooves before replacing the screens.

Bonus Tips

There are some screens that are virtually impossible to remove. In this situation, you’ll need to wash the screen in place. When cleaning this way, you must be extra careful not to damage them.