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When is it ever a good time to clean your fly screens? A long, grimy, time-consuming job like that? The answer most people would give is never. But we’ve decided that if we teach you HOW to clean fly screens easily and effectively, we might just be able to change your mind.
There are only five simple steps to follow on how to clean fly screens:
- Prop them up against a vertical surface or lay them on a clean, dry surface.
- Rinse gently with the garden hose.
- Scrub the fly screens with warm soapy water and a soft bristled brush.
- Both sides.
- Rinse thoroughly with garden hose.
And that’s pretty much it. But of course, you might want to know things about timing when finding out how to clean fly screens. And you’d be right, there IS more to it than simply a how to.
You may be surprised to know that fly screens can be your first line of defence, not only against flies and bugs but against other pollutants that will enter your home in the air. They act as an air filter that allows air to flow freely and as it does traps airborne contaminants onto the screen. If you don’t clean your fly screens regularly you may be only getting a small benefit from your open window. Dirty screens become inefficient and begin to block the airflow into the room.
Dirt and salt are particular problems if left too long on your fly screens. They can crystalise on the screen and immediately begin to attack the powder coating on the screen. Cleaning your screens regularly whether on doors or windows will keep your screens looking and functioning their very best.
Don’t forget that bat and bird droppings are very acidic and just as you would want to wash them off your car almost immediately you should follow the same process with your screens. The powder coating on your screens is made from the same materials as the paint on your car and can be easily damaged in this way.
How to Clean Fly Screens
Now that we’ve loaded you up with information on how often you should clean your fly screens, we’re now going to go into a little more detail on how to clean them. Here are the tips and tricks we didn’t tell you before, so well done on getting this far!
If you’re dealing with fixed fly screens you will need to try a different method.
1. First, prepare the space by arranging towels under the windowsill and on the floor around the window or door.
2. Then, using the soft bristled brush or a soft cloth and a bucket of water begin on the outside of the fly screen and gently clean as before rinsing when you’re done.
3. Once the outside is done so the same thing on the inside being careful to use as little water as possible to protect the surrounding furniture and paint. After washing wipe clean with a damp cloth or using a spray bottle with water in it and leave to dry.
4. You could also look into hiring a portable air compressor. You may be able to get dirt and grit off simply by doing this.
Cleaning your fly screens isn’t the most wonderful way to spend an afternoon but if you clean them regularly it shouldn’t be too unpleasant. Vacuuming your screens carefully with a soft brush attachment every so often should also help cut down on the difficulty when you do a deep clean.