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How To Clean And Maintain Retractable Door Screens

Retractable door screens are convenient because you can easily open and close them as needed. When you want to use the screen on a warm day or evening, just slide it open and enjoy the outdoors without letting bugs and other natural elements inside your home.

When you no longer want to use the screen, you can slide it back, and it will be completely out of sight. This feature, which sets retractable screens apart from their traditional counterparts, comes in handy when you want an unrestricted view through a glass door. 

You can find these types of screens to fit a wide variety of doors, such as French, sliding, and standard front doors. You can either install them yourself or have an installation expert from the store you bought the screens from do it, depending on the services offered.

In order to keep your retractable door screens looking and performing their best, it's important to properly clean and maintain them. The screens are generally low-maintenance, and the amount of care they require depends on how much use they get.

Here are some tips for taking care of your retractable door screens:

On a Daily Basis 

To make sure that your screen opens and closes smoothly, keep its track clean and free of debris such as dirt, stones, twigs, leaves, and other natural elements. You may also notice a build-up of pet hair if your dog or cat regularly uses the screen door to get in and out.

To clean the track, equip your vacuum with its hose attachment and use it to suck up the debris you can't pick up by hand. 

When you aren't using the retractable screen, store it in its housing to keep it dirt-free and to reduce its expose to the elements, such as rain and wind.

On a Weekly or Monthly Basis 

Depending on how much wear and tear your screen gets, wipe it down with warm, soapy water on either a weekly or monthly basis. Simply dip a clean, soft rag into a gentle dish soap and water solution, wring it out, and use it to remove dirt and grime from the mesh screen as well as the track if needed.

You may need to clean the screen more often during spring and summer months when there is more pollen in the air. Also, if you live near a busy street or highway, you might notice a black build-up on your screen.

On a Yearly Basis 

Once a year, use a spray lubricant to keep the screen gliding smoothly across its track. 

For more information, contact local professionals like All Seasons Retractables.