As temperatures start to warm up during spring, many homeowners will put their window screens back in so they can enjoy the nice weather without having to worry about bugs. Of course, this also provides a great time to check and clean your screens. Here’s what you should know.
Taking your screens off the windows during winter can help prevent damage from severe storms. However, it is still a good idea to check each screen for rips or holes when taking them out of storage. Your local hardware store or a qualified window installer should be able to help repair or replace any damaged screens.
Cleaning Window Screens
Cleaning the window screens before putting them back in place can improve visibility and keep dirt out of the house. Wash the screens on your driveway or patio by spraying them with a garden hose to remove built-up debris. Next, spray the screens with a mixture of three parts water, one part ammonia, and a squirt of dish detergent. Finally, rinse off the screens with the hose and let them air dry.
Inspect the Windows
When the time comes to install the screens, be sure to inspect the windows themselves. Check that all cranks, seals, tracks, and locks appear to be functioning properly and are still in good condition. Remove any buildup of mold, mildew, or other debris.
At Capstone Custom Homes, we care about your ability to maintain the value of your home long after we’ve built it. Screen maintenance is just one way you can continue to protect — and enjoy — your home for many years to come.