How To Clean Flyscreens

Cleaning fly screens can be a messy onerous chore most people would rather avoid.

Unfortunately though, not only are dirty fly screens an eye sore, they are grossly inefficient, blocking fresh air to pass through the mesh.

If you know the right way how to clean your fly screens, it shouldn’t be a chore.

Just follow these simple instructions.

Cleaning Removable Flyscreens

Many fly screens for window and doors can easily be removed.

Start by removing them and taking them outdoors for cleaning:

  • Lean them against a vertical surface such as a wall or fence or lay them on a clean, dry surface.
  • Rinse gently using a garden hose. Too much water pressure can potentially stretch the fly screen or even pull the screen out of its housing.
  • With warm soapy water and a soft bristled brush, scrub the fly screens on both sides.
  • Rinse thoroughly

While the fly screens are off the door or windows tracks is an ideal time to clean the sills and tracks.

The best tool for the job is your everyday vacuum cleaner fitted with the narrow nozzle, a spray bottle filled with water and detergent, plus an old tooth brush.

Cleaning Fixed Security Screens

Getting too much water on your window sills and floor is the challenge of cleaning fixed screens.

Start by laying towels on the window sills and floors inside the house.

  • Go outside and wash and rinse the outside of the screens using a sponge and a bucket.
  • Then repeat the process inside. You will probably get good enough results just by simple wiping the inside of the flyscreen with a damp cloth.

Another way to clean fixed screens is to use a portable air compressor and air nozzle gun.

This should enable you to get most of the dirt and debris off of the screens with air alone.

Cleaning fly screens is not a pleasant way to spend a day

If you regularly vacuum your fly screens using a brush attachment, you will find that it’s a chore you don’t have to do very often.

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