How to Clean Window Screens

October 6, 2022



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Windows are made to keep the elements and bugs out, but let both sunshine and fresh air in.

This is when a window screen comes in handy. A window screen is the ideal tool for keeping bugs (and other intruders) out without obstructing airflow. To that effect, it's essential to keep window screens clean at all times. For those with allergies, cleaning your window screens regularly may help relieve symptoms as the accumulated dust could affect overall respiratory health.

Learn how to clean window screens easily and efficiently with this helpful guide.

Gloves and rags at the ready!  

The Best Way to Clean Window Screens

Before we dive right into the details, let's get equipped with all the right tools to get this job done perfectly. Don't worry—you won't be needing anything complicated! 

  • Water;
  • Vinegar;
  • Microfibre rag;
  • Soft-bristle brush; 
  • Hose; and a
  • Vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment. 
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Once you’ve gathered your tools, follow these basic steps to make your window screens look good as new: 

Step 1: Give your window screens a deep seasonal clean by removing them from the window frames and leaning them against an outdoor wall.

Step 2: Hose down your window screens with light pressure. This will eliminate the majority of the grime that decided to take residence on the mesh material. 

Step 3: Next, tackle the stubborn dirt that got left behind by washing the screen with a soft bristle brush, soap, and water. For an extra-clean power move, add a bit of vinegar into the mix. Afterwards, rinse off all the soapy water. 

Step 4: Now that the challenging part is over, you can leave your window screens out to dry. Keep in mind that they need to be entirely dry before reinstalling them into the frames. 

How to Clean Window Screens Without Removing Them

If you prefer to clean window screens without removing them, here's the best way to go about it: 

Step 1: Dust the screens to remove the bulk of the buildup. Make sure to reach behind the window sash to get all the nooks and crannies. 

As an alternative, you can use a vacuum hose attachment. Attach a soft brush to the hose to prevent causing any damage to the window screens.  

Step 2: Place a few old towels on the floor, as this could be a messy job.  

Step 3: Mix lukewarm water and soap in a bucket. Fill another bucket with plain warm water.

Step 4: Dip a lint-free towel or rag into the cleaning solution and wipe the screens down. Rinse and wring the rag out as needed.  

Step 5: Grab a clean rag and dip it into the bucket of plain water. Give it a good wring and wipe down the window screen multiple times to get rid of any residue. 

Step 6: Let the screens dry entirely before putting them back in place.

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How Often Should I Clean My Window Screens?

This depends on the amount of dirt and dust that accumulates on your window screens. If you live in a windy area, the odds are that your window screens are subject to airborne dirt buildup. So, as soon as you notice a slight collection of grime, it's time to dust it off before it gets too thick. This could range from a light weekly cleanup to a monthly one.

On the other hand, if your window screens don't collect a lot of dirt, then it is advisable to do a deep clean once or twice per year.

💡 Bonus tip: Fall is the best time of year to clean your window screens!  

Go Window Shopping at Clera

That wraps up our guide on how to clean window screens efficiently! 

Ultimately, cleaning windows and window screens is much easier when you have windows that you can count on. 

Shop for high-quality windows at Clera, Canada's premier manufacturer of windows and doors. With more than 40 sales and installation offices throughout Ontario, Clera has improved more than 250,000 homes. 

Give us a call to customize the perfect windows for your home or office today!

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