How Do I Clean Window Screens?

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Having natural light from plenty of windows is great, but only if those windows have clean window screens!

Summer is a great time to take advantage of sunny weather and give your window screens a thorough cleaning.

Why Bother?

The number of household chores and cleaning tasks in the average home can be daunting. You may be wondering whether it’s worth adding yet another item to the list. While ignoring your dirty window screens is certainly not going to create a big problem in your life, there are benefits to cleaning them.

Dirt, dust, pollen, allergens, and insects can all get trapped in screens, and all that grime can transfer to your windows, making them dull and dusty. When you open your windows, some of that dust on the screens will make its way into your home, decreasing air quality. As with many house cleaning tasks, there are several ways to go about cleaning the screens on your windows. Here are three easy techniques to try.

1.   Give Them a Bath

Let’s start with the most labor-intensive method, because let’s face it–you probably haven’t cleaned your screens in quite a while, and they’re bound to be dirty. When the dirt and grime are caked on, it’s best to give those screens a bath. For this, you’ll want to remove each screen from the window, being careful to note which screen belongs to which window. You can use a piece of masking tape and a permanent marker to label them. Take all the screens outside and lay them flat. Mix up a bucket of warm water with ¼ cup of mild dish soap. Using a sponge or rag dipped in the cleaning solution, gently scrub the screen while holding it upright. Immediately rinse the screen with a hose on the lowest pressure setting possible, removing any remaining residue. Repeat this process with each screen, then leave them to dry in the sun for a few hours before replacing them in the windows.

2.   Vacuum Off Dust

A less labor-intensive path to clean window screens is to simply vacuum them. Use a soft bristle attachment to help loosen the dust, and vacuum up the resulting dust. Country Living suggests making this a monthly chore, which will go a long way in maintaining your window screens.

3.   The Minimal Touch

You can use a lint roller on your window screens! Many homes have a lint roller lying around. Put it to good use on your window screens. While this is the least thorough option, a lint roller will do a fine job at picking up the larger dust particles. A small lint roller works great for getting into smaller crevices where a vacuum can’t reach.

Contact Mountain States Windows & Siding 

Once you have clean window screens, you might also notice that your windows need to be replaced. Give Mountain States Windows & Siding a call for quality windows that will fit your budget and help your home shine. From Payson to Provo, Midvale to Park City, we provide service along the Wasatch Front, and we’re ready to help you.

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