Along with the replacement windows we sell at Freelite, we also want to give our customers sturdy, long-lasting window screens. This simple barrier keeps unwanted pests from coming into your home while the windows are open. Screens are important, especially during springtime in Phoenix, AZ. So how can you maintain your window screens to keep them looking and functioning like new?
Steps for Cleaning Window Screens
A major window screen cleaning takes time and effort if you want to get the job done right. You can’t simply take the pressure washer to the outside of your windows. This will rip your screens to shreds! If your screens are only a little dusty, you can use a horsehair brush to remove dirt. But if you need to deep clean your window screens, here is what you do:
Step 1. Remove the Screens
When you get replacement windows, one of the best things about them is how easy they are to maintain. Taking out the screens is straightforward and simple. If you have older windows and need to jimmy the screens out, try using a plastic putty knife. Using screwdrivers could chip the finish, damage your screens, or scratch the coatings on your glass.
Step 2. Lay on Flat Surface
If you are cleaning your window screens inside, you can place them in the bathtub. Otherwise, find a flat surface so you do not ruin the screens. The lawn or driveway usually works.
Step 3. Wash with Mild Detergent
Use a gentle detergent, like baby or dish soap, water, and a soft bristle brush. Thoroughly clean away the dust and dirt.
Step 4. Rinse and Let Dry
Then, with clear water, gently rinse your screens. Do not use any high powered washers or nozzles. Lean the up against the house or fence to let them air dry.
Step 5. Replace Window Screens
Once the screens are clean and dry, replace them inside the frame.
Why Maintaining Window Screens is Important
If you want to keep your replacement windows looking new, maintaining the screens is part of that. Here are the benefits of keeping up with window screen maintenance:
Boosts Curb Appeal
When it comes to the look of your home, it is the little details that matter. People who walk by will notice ripped or tattered screens. They give the wrong impression and people will assume you are not taking care of your property. This could ruin your prospects if you are looking to sell your home.
Keeps Your Windows Clean
Dirty screens usually mean dirty glass and the cleanest window glass will still look grimy if you have dirty screens. A well maintained screen also lasts longer, which saves you money.
Improves Indoor Air Quality
You want fresh air when you open your windows, not loose dirt from the screens blowing into your home. Dirty window screens can also contribute to sinus irritation, asthma attacks, and allergies.
Prevents Heat Loss
Most reduction of heat transfer comes from the glass, the inert gas fill, and the insulation of your window frames. However, screens also help. You want to keep them clean and hole-free.
Deflects Rain Water
When screens are clean and work properly, they help repel rainwater and keep it from pooling up in all the wrong places. Moisture causes mold, which can form inside the frame or on the screens themselves. Fortunately, Phoenix, AZ is a dry climate, but you still want to help deflect rainwater with clean screens.
When it comes to your windows, a little bit of maintenance goes a long way. If you windows and screens have been neglected over the years and are not holding up against the heat and elements, it might be time for replacement windows Phoenix, AZ. Call us at Freelite today for a free, in-home estimate. Our number is (602) 233-1981, or you can come by 331 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85003.