Spring has sprung and it is time to open those windows and let in some light. It’s also time to tackle your spring cleaning list. Whether you’re the type to tackle it all in one week, or to break it down and spread it into chunks over several weeks, you probably dread cleaning your windows. Windows are a serious undertaking. You have to clean them indoors, outdoors, and on multiple floors. But are you remembering to Clean Your Window Screens?
Window screens are often forgotten, but they are critical to clean. They can trap dirt, insects, spider webs, and more. The good news is that they are easy to clean, and they can break the process of window cleaning down into parts for easier completion.
How to Clean Your Window Screens
- Pop out all of your window screens. Gather them on the back yard, in your garage, or even your kitchen. Label them with stickers or post-it notes if you want to make sure you don’t mix them up in the cleaning process. If you can’t or don’t want to remove them, you can try a lint roller or a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to remove most of the dust.
- Wash! Water will do most of the cleaning for you, so take your time to spray each part of screen. Mix a little bit of dish soap with warm water. Dip a washcloth in the mixture and then rub it over the screen. Concentrate on the areas that appear most grimy. Be careful – screens can puncture or tear! You can even use an old toothbrush to target really gross areas if extra elbow grease is needed.
- Clean Sills. As the screens are drying take a second to clean up the window sills. Often there is dirt, leaves, or other gunk on the sill which will fall and dirty up your newly cleaned screens.
- Repair Screens. If you have a small hole or two, and don’t want to replace it, use clear nail polish or a flexible glue to seal and fix the holes. Often holes will appear along the bottom of the screen where insects chew or force through, so check there. If you are noticing your screens are in bad shape, then simply buy replacements.
- Replace Carefully. As you replace the screens, check the sills, sash, and other features of your windows to be sure that everything looks right and fits together well. It may be time for window repair or replacement.
Taking care of your windows and screens is definitely work, but you will be glad you did it. Keeping them clean and protectively sealed will make your home more beautiful and energy efficient. If you are in need of new windows, or you realize that repair is needed, call Mountain States Windows & Siding today.