Before you start buttoning up your house for the winter, take a little time to learn how to clean window screens that have been exposed to the elements all summer long. Here are a few tips to make cleaning and storing your window screens easier:
First, remove the windows screens from the window frame. Place the window screens on a flat surface (such as the driveway) and use a mild soap and water with a soft bristle brush to remove dirt and grime. Clean both sides of the window screen and around the interior and exterior of the frame. Rinse off the window screen with lukewarm water. Allow the window screen to dry completely before replacing in the window.
Never use a pressure washer to clean window screens or windows because the force of the water can damage the units. Also, use extreme care when cleaning aluminum mesh, since it can be dented or creased if too much pressure is placed on the screen.
While most window screens may remain in the windows year-round, some homeowners prefer to remove the window screens for cleaning and to store the screens during winter months. If you choose to remove your window screens, make certain to store them either in an upright or flat position. Covering them with plastic or a sheet will keep windows screens clean while in storage. Finally, make sure nothing sits on top of (or leans against) the windows screens to eliminate the chance of bending the frames or poking a hole in the window screens.