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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Tips for Caring for Window Screens

Step into September and it's time to start thinking about your yearly home maintenance checklist.

Oftentimes overlooked during yearly maintenance, window screens need regular cleaning and care. The experts at Simonton Windows recommend removing and cleaning window screens every year for maximum performance in the home.

“Window screens are generally made of fiberglass or aluminum mesh,” says Gary Pember, vice president of marketing for Simonton Windows. “Properly maintained screens allow for maximum airflow into the home and prevent insects from getting in the house.”

Tip #1 - To clean window screens, remove them from the window frame, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Place the screens on a flat surface (such as the driveway) and use mild soap and water with a soft bristle brush to remove dirt and grime. Clean both sides of the screen and around the interior and exterior of the frame. Rinse off the unit with lukewarm water. Allow the screen to dry completely before replacing in the window.

Tip #2 – Just as with windows, never pressure wash screens 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.

Tip #3 - If you discover a small hole or tear in your screen, purchase a patch kit from a hardware store or home center. Homeowners unhappy with the look of a patch (or who have a large gash in their screen) may choose to get the screen mesh replaced on the entire unit. Many cities have screen repair services where you can take your screen frame and have new mesh added to replace torn mesh.

For more window care tips, visit Tips on Caring for Your Windows


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