How to Clean Your Window Screens without Damaging Them

One of the questions we here at Long Life get asked frequently is how to clean window screens. People often wonder whether it is best to take them out or wash them in place. We also get asked what type of solution is ideal and when to schedule regular cleanings. Here, we have all the answers and are taking the mystery out of cleaning the screens for your windows!

Is it necessary to take window screens out to clean them?

Where you clean your screens depends on several things, and you can also choose to do one or the other, although taking them out is best. If removing your window screens is difficult or seems cumbersome, they can be washed while installed. It also depends on how deeply your screens need to be cleaned. Cleaning them in place is fine for everyday dust, dirt, and pollen. However, if they have sap or other hard-to-clean substances on them, you may have to remove the window screens for the best results. 

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What do I use to clean my window screens?

This depends on the level of cleaning necessary. We suggest lightly brushing your screens with a lint roller, low-intensity vacuum, or feather duster for ordinary dust and dirt. Brushing away the loose dust will help the deeper cleaning process go more quickly.

As far as what solution to use, in most instances, gentle is best. You can make a simple water and vinegar mixture or use a household cleaner — such as a window, dish, or all-purpose liquid — and a sponge, brush, or cloth to get rid of the rest of the dirt. You can also use a magic eraser or toothbrush for a firmer touch for harder-to-clean areas.

How do I clean my window screens if I take them out?

Removing window screens should be a reasonably straightforward process, and once you do, cleaning them is much easier and more efficient. First, brush off any dirt or dust. Next, you need to get the screen wet, which can be done several ways. To wipe the surface, you can use a microfiber or sponge dampened with cleaner. Another option is to spray and lightly scrub your screens outdoors or in your tub.

The choice is really yours and depends on your physical capabilities and what is easily accessible in your home. Let the window screens thoroughly drip-dry or wipe them off with a dry towel or microfiber before putting them back in place. It’s essential to make sure screens are thoroughly dry before reinstalling them.