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How To Properly Clean Your Porch Screens

Ah, summer. The time for barbecuing, vacationing, and spending some much-needed relaxation time on the porch. You know how convenient porch screens are in the summer if you have an enclosed porch. They allow you to enjoy the fresh air and the soothing sounds of nature without the bother of insects, rain, pollen, or lawn debris.
But, just like everything else in a home, porch screens need to be cleaned. Fortunately, cleaning them is easy with this helpful guide. So let's get into it.


The Best Way To Clean Porch Screens
Cleaning porch screens is usually seasonal; you only have to do so a couple of times a year, usually in spring and fall. So before you start enjoying the sweet summer air, make time in your schedule for this chore. Depending on how dirty they are, you can usually knock it out in an afternoon. If you can detach the screens fully, this is generally the easiest and safest way to clean porch screens; however, if you cannot, you can modify the below steps with the help of a step-ladder.


Step 1: Vacuum and Clear Away Debris
Vacuum both sides of each screen thoroughly. This will get the majority of the dust and debris off. Next, be sure to vacuum the corners and edges of the screens and the corners and edges of the frame. A small leaf blower may also suffice. Finally, use a broom and dustpan to remove any loose debris that's made its way inside the porch.


Step 2: Wet Screens With A Hose
Use a hose to rinse any remaining debris from each screen panel. Warm or hot water is usually best. This will also help remove fine dirt, sap, or pollen from the porch screens. If you have a pet, you'll also be able to clean off any "nose art" they've left throughout the year.
For screens that are not detachable, move any items you don't want to get wet, like chairs, tables, and rugs, before starting this step. Start at the top of your screen and work your way across and down.


Is It Safe to Pressure Wash Porch Screens?
Pressure-washing porch screens are a good option for screens that are not detachable. However, it's possible to damage a screen with pressure-washing if you're not careful. The key is to gently clean, so keep your pressure washer on its lowest setting and be sure to stand several feet away.


Step 3: Scrub Screens with Soapy Water
Use hot, soapy water to spot-clean any dirt or stains that remain after the previous steps. The best method is to use mild dish soap, a soft-bristled brush, and a bucket. Gently scrub each area to avoid damaging the screens.


Step 4: Rinse and Dry
Once you've thoroughly cleaned your porch screens, rinse off the suds with your hose or pressure washer. Then, allow them to dry for several hours before reattaching them or moving furniture and rugs back in.
Cleaning porch screens is easy if you have the proper know-how. You may also want to consider sweeping and moping the inside of your porch so you can start the outdoors season off fresh. If you don't have any porch screens, now is the time to install some! Quality Screen Company would be happy to walk you through the process. Contact us today.