How to Clean Screens on Screen Doors & Windows

Though glass windows are often cleaned regularly, screens on windows and doors are often left forgotten and neglected. As a result, dust, bugs and other debris are often left encrusted on the screens for years. Taking the time to remove and clean window screens can be a boring chore. However, taking down your screens at least once a year is necessary to keep your screens clean. It does not take a lot of equipment or technique--just some elbow grease.

Screens found on your doors and windows should be cleaned at least once a year.
  1. Take down the screen. Do not the damage the mesh or bend the frame. Lay the screen against an exterior wall.

  2. Mix a cleaning solution of three parts water and one part ammonia. Substitute dish detergent for ammonia, if desired.

  3. Dip the scrub brush in the cleaning solution and scrub the screen. Turn the screen over and brush the other side of the screen.

  4. Rinse the screen with a garden hose.

  5. Scrub any missed spots and rinse again.

  6. Shake the screen to remove any excess water. Allow the screen to dry completely before returning it to the window or door.