How to Clean your Screen Enclosure

A dirty screen enclosure can be a real eyesore. Whether it is your pool enclosure or your lanai, no one likes moldy and dusty screens. Unfortunately, cleaning your enclosure is key to preserving the life of your screen as well as the frame. It is not difficult work, but can seem tedious. We will discuss a few methods today.

By far the most convenient method is to power wash the screen and frame of your enclosure. The combination of hot and pressurized water will blast off the majority of the mold and grime from your screen and enclosure. Please make sure you start off on a low pressure and build up to the necessary pressure to remove the build up. You do not want to start to strong and damage your screen.

If there is any spots that you cannot blast clean, no problem. We have two different solutions that you can use to scrub those areas. First is the bleach solution. Get a gallon bucket and add 3 quarts of warm water and one quart of liquid chlorine bleach. Make sure you are wearing gloves to avoid a bleach burn. Also, you may want to give any nearby plants a good soak with the water hose in case they get any unwanted bleach on them. Next soak a soft bristled brush or sponge in the solution and use it to wipe clean any mold or dirt. Once finished, rinse your screen with the water hose and repeat if necessary.

If your not excited about the bleach, you can use a 50 – 50 mix of warm water and white vinegar. Repeat the above steps with your vinegar solution to clean your enclosure. Don’t worry, when the screen and frame dries, the vinegar smell will dissipate.

Cleaning your screen enclosure isn’t that difficult. As you now know, you do not need any special chemicals or tools. Please keep in mind that you will have to work from a ladder to complete this task. To clean the roof of your pool enclosure, a walk board is recommended over a ladder. This can get dangerous, especially if you are attempting this alone, so if you’re a little apprehensive, call The Screen Guys.


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