Should I Remove My Screens During the Winter?

Window Screen Cleaning

Experts recommend that screens be removed during the winter months, primarily because the screen actually blocks about 30-40% of the suns rays.  By removing them you gain solar heat, thus helping with energy efficiency during the cold winter months.

Dirty mesh blocks light, heat and views. Learn how to keep screens looking good.  It is recommended that screens be removed and cleaning in the fall prior to storing.   Below are step-to-step screen cleaning instructions:

1. Vacuum screens using a soft brush attachment on the handheld nozzle. 

2. Use a soft brush or sponge to gently scrub them with a solution of Dawn dish soap and water. “Use a few drops of the blue-colored Dawn in a bucket of water,” Greer-Coronado says. “I have found the other colors don’t work as well. The blue-colored Dawn is the miracle worker.” 

3. Rinse the screens with a hose, then wipe them down on both sides with wet mopping pads, such as those sold by Swiffer. Set the screens in the sun to dry.

After the screens have been cleaned and dried, use masking tape and a permanent marker to label each one with its corresponding window. This will save time and frustration come spring, when you’re ready to reinstall them.

Screens should also be inspected for any holes, tears or other damage.  If there is damage and the frame is in good condition normally it can be rescreened for a fraction of the cost of a new screen.  Give Frank's Glass a call at 513.829.8284 for a free estimate!  We can either rescreen or order new screens. 

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Happy cleaning!!