home window screens

Home Window Screens

Don’t forget to replace your window screens! Home window screens are very important to keep out bugs, pollen, plant parts and more. You should inspect your screens every year.

Here are the steps to replace a window screen:

  1. Remove the old screen: Take out the old screen from its position in the window and place it on a flat surface.
  2. Measure the new screen: Measure the dimensions of the old screen and add an inch to each side.
  3. Cut the new screen: Cut the new screen to size using a pair of scissors or a utility knife.
  4. Install the new screen: Place the new screen over the frame and use a spline roller to press it into place. Trim any excess material with scissors or a utility knife.
  5. Reinstall the screen: Place the new screen back into its position in the window frame and secure it in place using clips or screws.

Cleaning window screens is an important part of home maintenance. Here are some steps to help you clean your window screens:

  1. Remove the screens: Take out all the screens from their positions in the windows and lay them on a large tarp or drop cloth. It’s best to do this outdoors, because the process involves water and can get messy.
  2. Rinse the screens: With the garden hose nozzle on its lowest pressure setting, rinse all the window screens as thoroughly as possible, removing any loose dirt, dust, and visible debris.
  3. Prepare a cleaning solution: In a large bucket, mix a cleaning solution of three parts warm water and one part household ammonia.
  4. Scrub the screens: Don a pair of rubber gloves, dip your scrubbing brush into the solution, and start scrubbing in small circles, from top to bottom. Remember to rinse the brush regularly in clean water as you go along.
  5. Rinse again: Having scrubbed each screen to a sufficient degree, reach for the hose one more time and give the screens a final rinse.
  6. Inspect and dry: Now inspect each screen closely: Are there any spots that you missed? If so, spot-clean those areas to remove any lingering traces of grime. Finally, shake excess water off each screen, wipe down all the screens with a towel, and lean them against the house or garage until completely dry.

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