It is a tough job cleaning window screens in your home. With so many of them to wash at once, it is no wonder why people give up. Removing a few of the screens at a time, will help you accomplish the task, all while beautifying your home. Or you could call some window washing contractors in Ottawa, Ontario to come and give you a professional hand with the job.
You may want to begin by removing all of the screens at once. Not! If you do this, you will almost surely be defeated before you get them all removed. Instead of taking down all of the window screens at the same time, opt for taking down five at a time. This will give you time ample time to clean and dry them, before replacing them into the window. As you take the screens down, keep them in order, so you will know which screen goes where, when it is time to put them back on.
Make sure you put all of the screws, clips, and springs in a Ziploc sandwich bag. You will need to make sure you can find these tiny items once you have finished cleaning the screens. Trust me, nothing is more aggravating, than looking for a little piece of hardware near the edge of the grass. Put them in a bag, and it will make everything easier in the end.
Get some mild soap, a bucket of water, and a soft bristled scrub brush. Find a nice cool area to clean your screens. Lay the screens flat on the ground, and clean both sides, using gentle brisk strokes. Scrubbing your screens roughly, will only rip them. If you happen to tear your screens while cleaning them, you can build new ones by visiting the link in the resource box at the end of this article.
Rinse the screens with clean water, after you have washed both sides. Do not skip this step. There should not be any soap left on your screens after they are rinsed. Attach a sprayer to the end of your water hose, and spray them clean with a firm stream of water.
Although you have got clean screens, they are still wet. Gently pat them dry with a cloth. Do not wipe or scrub them dry. The mesh in your screens will clog with the lint from the towel if you rub them, and they will appear dirty from a distance. Consider letting the screens air dry, but be warned that this is how most screens get damaged while cleaning.
Now all there is left to do is replace the hardware, and re-install the clean screens. Put the clips, screws and hardware back on the screens. Begin replacing the window screens, by inserting the top of the screen at an angle, and then the bottom. Continue the cleaning process, five screens at a time to finish this home improvement project.