Spring Window Screen Cleaning

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Another project for the spring to-do list is screen cleaning. Depending on the size of your home, you may have a considerable amount of window screens with which to contend, and chances are they could all use a little bit of attention. Cleaning them annually is great because in addition to removing dirt and debris, it gives you a chance to inspect for any damages that might result in screens that need to be repaired or replaced. Having clean screens on open windows also improves the air quality in your home versus having dirt particles on your screens that can readily blow inside, furthering the spread of dust and allergens.

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Removing each screen and washing it is one way to clean it. By diluting a mild detergent such as dishwashing liquid, you can give screens a gentle scrubbing to remove any dust, dirt, and cobwebs that have taken up residence on your screens. With a hose on a low setting, dampen the screen and then give it a gentle, soapy scrubbing with a soft bristled brush or sponge. Once you have scrubbed all of the dirt away, rinse the screen thoroughly. Be sure to rinse both sides so soap residue is not able to simply move from one side to the other and is actually rinsed away entirely. Stand your screens upright and allow them to dry.

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Another way to clean screens that is less labor intensive is with a vacuum. Since vacuums come with an upholstery brush, chances are you already have the right tool needed to complete this task. Since this tool is intended for use on items such as cloth furniture, it is also soft enough to be safe for use on your screens, provided there is no application of brute force when using it. Remove your screens and give each side a gentle vacuuming with the upholstery tool, moving back and forth until you notice the dirt and debris accumulation is gone. This tool is also great for moving around the edges of screens as well to collect anything that may be hanging on to those surfaces as well.

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With your screens clean, all you need to do now is give a little bit of attention to your window frames and sills. Spraying with a hose, wiping with a rag, or even vacuuming are all ways you can get the last bit of cobwebs and insects out of those spaces to make your screen areas like new again. Place your dry screens back into position and your house will be ready to put its best foot forward with clean screens once again.

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