Best Cleaning Practices For Patio Enclosure Screens

cleaning-materialsThere are many great things about patio enclosure screening. Firstly you can actively use your outdoor space without feeling like you’ve been attacked by every insect on the planet. Secondly most modern patio screens have built in UV protection that protects people from glare and the harmful UV rays of the sun; and finally patio screens are usually fully retractable which means that you have the best of both world’s if you so wish. That said, they still need some maintenance to keep them in tip top condition. So how do you go about cleaning patio screening?

A light brush

Firstly go over your patio screen with a light brush or large cloth. This will remove all the insects, cobwebs and any other debris that have accumulated on the outside of the screening. Be mindful to not rub too hard, just a simple sweeping motion should suffice.

Soap and water solution

Next mix up a mild detergent and water solution and take a soft bristled brush. Start to dab it on scrubbing gently from side to side and up and down. Do this for both the front and the back making sure that you don’t miss any areas.


Using a common garden hose (preferably one without too much pressure) proceed to rinse of all the soapy residue from the screening. Once you’ve done this, then let it dry naturally.

So what about mould?

If you find that your patio enclosure screening has developed spots of mould then you can use a mild bleach and water solution. However in this instance when it comes to bleach, more is definitely not better as it can affect the properties of the screen. It doesn’t take much bleach to eradicate mould so it’s always best to use it sparingly. If you have light surrounds say white for instance, then the mould is going to show up much easier. If it continues to appear persistently in the same patch, then consider using the same mild bleach solution regularly in that area alone.

The important thing to note is that a good quality patio screen can last for many years, but like anything, this is generally on the proviso that it’s cared for properly in the first place. This means regular cleaning and maintenance. If you do it regularly it shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes or so and you’ll have great looking screening that does exactly what it’s supposed to do.

If you want to find out more about how patio screening can enhance your outside space then contact Down Under Insect Screens and Security. We’ve been fitting patio enclosures for many years and as such know how to get the best out of your area. Why not call us today for a free quote on 07 3807 3355 and let us show you what we can do.

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