How to Clean and Repair Home Window Screens

Cleaning and repairing home window screens is a relatively easy DIY task. To remove dirt and debris from an existing window screen, start by mixing a cleaning solution of three parts warm water and one part household ammonia in a large bucket. Put on rubber gloves and use a scrub brush to scrub the screen in small circles, from top to bottom. Rinse the brush regularly with clean water as you go.

If the frame of the window screen is deformed or bent, it's time to get a new one. You can buy one from the manufacturer of your window or build your own frame if you're into DIY. After scrubbing each mesh enough, rinse the screens one last time with a garden hose at its lowest pressure setting. This will remove loose dirt, dust and visible debris.

You can use a dry cloth to absorb most of the excess water on and around the window sill. Inspecting screens and identifying damage for repair can extend their lifespan and keep them looking good for longer. Clean windows and screens help maintain an excellent view and visibility from inside the house, looking out. Dirty or dusty screens can also damage its “curb appeal” from outside the house. Now is the perfect time to repair old, broken mosquito nets so you can use them this spring, summer and fall.

Fortunately, most screens are removable and can be cleaned quickly once unhooked and removed from windows. You should open the windows as much as possible to access as much of the screen as possible. Start by lowering the top frame of the window and dusting the top half of the screen first so that loose dust or dirt falls to dust-free areas and is collected when you dust the bottom of the screen. Leaving the screens on and cleaning them is a quick and easy process that pays off, especially once you know how to clean the window screens without removing them. Replacing a broken window screen is pretty easy on the DIY scale as long as the frame is in good condition.

Cleaning and repairing home window screens is an important part of maintaining your home's appearance.

Jacquelyn Schoenhut
Jacquelyn Schoenhut

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