How to Clean Window Screens

Man using a garden hose, soap, and water to clean window screens

A dusty window screen impedes your view and can even spread dust and allergens throughout your home! Impacted dirt and debris may also shorten the lifespan of your screens.

Keep your window screens in tip-top shape through semi-annual inspection and cleaning.

For most homeowners, we recommend cleaning in the spring and fall. However, if you live in a particularly dusty or windy climate, you may need to clean more often.

Follow our instructions to clean your window screens the right way.

Cleaning Window Screens (When They Aren’t in Windows)

Windows screens can collect thick clumps of dust and grime that don’t simply wipe away. Thankfully, most screens are removable and quick to clean once unclipped and removed from the windows.

If you can take your screens out, this is the best way to deep clean:

  1. Make a cleaning solution. Mix ¼ cup dish detergent or vinegar and ½ gallon of warm water.

  1. Remove the screens. You can lay them flat in the driveway or prop them up against the siding to clean.

  1. Wash the screens. Using a sponge or dishcloth and your cleaning solution, gently wash the screen. Make sure not to use too much pressure. If you’re not careful, your screen can stretch out and easily become susceptible to further damage.

  1. Rinse with clean water. You can use your hose if it has a low-pressure setting. If not, rinsing the screens under the shower is a suitable alternative.

  1. Dry. Allow the screens to dry before replacing them in your windows.

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The Best Way to Clean Window Screens Without Removing Them

If you have screens that aren’t removable, or you simply prefer not to take them out to clean, there are other options than the soapy bath:

  • Vacuum: Run a vacuum with the soft bristle attachment along your screens to clear away the dust.

  • Spray bottle: Using a spray bottle and soap or vinegar cleaning solution, spray out the windows (or against closed windows if you must clean from outside) and use a soft cloth or sponge to dislodge the dirt. Finish with a bottle of clean water to wash away the soap and dab dry with a cloth.

  • Hose or power wash: This can only be considered if your hose or power washer has a low-intensity setting. Too much pressure may stretch or rip the screen.

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Why Is Window Screen Cleaning Important?

While we expect windows to last for decades, the screens that are installed with them often only last a fraction of that time. Inspecting your screens and identifying damage to repair can extend their lifespan and keep them looking nice longer.

Cleaning your window screens:

  • Improves air quality. As air flows through a dirty screen, it catches on the dust, dirt, or pollen and throws it into the air. While you and your family may only experience coughs or sneezes in the short-term, long-term exposure to dirty air could cause more severe sinus problems.

  • Extends your screen’s lifespan. The acidity from salt, pollen, and other bio-matter can wear screens down and make them vulnerable to damage.

  • Dirty screens dirty your windows. Simply put, you can’t really keep your windows clean without cleaning your screens.

Professional Window Screen Repair Services

Maintaining screens goes beyond dusting and occasionally pulling them out to wash. You’ll find at some point that the screen needs extra attention. Perhaps the screen is stretched out, the frame has become bent or warped, or there’s a tear that’s letting insects through.

We offer window screen repair and screen replacement services. Our work is fast, dependable, and backed by the Neighborly Done Right Promise®.

Turn to Glass Doctor for Quality Window Screen Care

Keeping your screens clean and well-maintained means increased comfort for your home. If your screens need mending or replacement, turn to your local Glass Doctor. Request an estimate online call at (833) 974-0209 to learn more.