Insect screens are undoubtedly a great way to keep your property free from those tiny unwanted visitors that invade during the summer months. After all, a good insect screen fitted by a highly experienced company can last for many years, but like anything in this world it needs a bit of TLC and that means regular cleaning and maintenance!
Dirty insect screens not only look unappealing, but it also renders them inefficient too as dirt, insect residue and dust particles can block the flow of much needed fresh air into your property. The trouble is that many people view it as a messy, fussy job that they tend to avoid like the plague. However with a little bit of know how and the right tools if you follow these 5 simple steps, then it doesn’t have to be a dreaded chore.
Step 1 – Compressed air
What you need is a standard bottle of compressed air (you know, the type that gets dust and debris out of computer keyboards). It should be available from most computer shops or online for a few dollars. Hitching the screen up so that it’s retracted, you need to blow the compressed air into the gliders down the side to dislodge any excess dust and dirt particles.
Step 2 Brush the screen
Next drop the screen down and wipe the screen with a soft brush using horizontal strokes. This will dislodge any loose particles of dirt and dust which are lodged in the holes. Take care not to apply too much pressure as soft strokes will be more than sufficient.
Step 3 – Vacuum
The next step is to use a standard or hand-held vacuum cleaner. Compressed air and brushing only brings the dirt and dust to the surface, the vacuum will then suck it up. Use a crevice tool for the guide area and make sure you get right into the corners. Then change the tool for one that you would use on upholstery/curtains (the one with the soft brush head), and gently run it over the screen once more in the same horizontal stroking method.
Step 4 – Give it a wipe
Soak a clean cloth in some warm water with mild detergent and give the screen a wipe over. Again taking care not to apply too much pressure. The mesh should be made from PVC coated fibre glass so it’s waterproof, but be careful not to drench it. Don’t forget to wipe down the guides at the side.
Step 5 -Silicone spray
This is more maintenance than cleaning but it’s always best if you make this part of your cleaning routine. Simply take your silicone spray and lubricate any mechanical parts, so that the screen moves easily and efficiently up and down the guide rails.
So there you have it…5 simple steps to maintaining your insect screens.
If you want to find out more about how insect and security screens can make for a more comfortable home, then speak to the experts at Down Under Insect Screens and Security. Using only the best products and a bucket load of experience (over 145 years collectively) we’ll ensure that you get the very best service at an instantly attractive price. Why not contact us on 07 3807 3355 for a no obligation quote today. You’ll be glad that you did!