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Old 04-02-2005, 08:58 AM
saluki_fan saluki_fan is offline
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What's the best way to clean window screens?

At home I have casement windows that have long rectangular screens (I would say 18'' x 4') These screens have gotten pretty dirty since they are developing the land across from me into a subdivision (I'll be pitting the subject of urban development versus farming in a bit). what I'm wondering is what is the most effecient way to clean these screens. I thought that just taking them out and hosing them would be sufficient, but I don't know if I want to waste all that water (or perhaps shoot a hole in the screen). Is there any other way to clean them effectively without wasting water or using harsh chemicals that won't hurt the environment?


I don't think this should have went in GQ , but if it should have then I'm sorry.
Old 04-02-2005, 10:53 AM
The Big Cheese The Big Cheese is offline
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i wondered the same thing last summer. Mine were dirty from about 12 years of living there. So i took them out, put the water hose to them and it cleaned them like a charm. Took about 30 seconds on each one. Try it. Just make sure you use the water from the right direction. The difference was mind-boggling.
Old 04-02-2005, 02:37 PM
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Vacuum them. Works for me.
Old 04-02-2005, 03:32 PM
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We lay ours on the ground and go over them with a hand-held scrub brush, then hose them off. A dilute solution of liquid dish detergent in warm water should clean them very well. I'll be cleaning mine in a few weeks - can't wait...
Old 04-03-2005, 03:45 AM
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With a big electric fan inside, pointed out, sweep the screen inside and out with a broom or brush. Gently. You could spray with a hose from outside, but you'd get dirty windows.


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