10 June 2014
How to clean an insect screen (video)
Here’s how to take care of your insect screen. Just follow these simple steps to always have a clean, efficient and fully functional protection system.
1) Spray compressed air.
This is the first thing to do when you start cleaning an insect screen, since it is useful to remove any dust from the guides and the tightly woven mesh of your screen. You can use one of the spray cans which are easily found in supermarkets.
Use a brush to remove any dirt that may have remained after spraying compressed air. Gently rub the screen, avoiding excessive stress.
Brushing and spraying compressed air only remove some of the dust and dirt that has accumulated, but above all they bring up the dirt and move it to the surface. For more thorough cleaning, use a vacuum cleaner. Using the appropriate nozzle, vacuum the guides first and then the mesh.
4) Wipe with a damp cloth and some detergent.
Soak a cloth in water with a mild detergent and wipe the screen’s profiles and mesh (which is water resistant because it is made of PVC-coated fibreglass). Take care not to apply excessive pressure.
5) Lubricate mechanical parts.
Cleaning is important, and so is maintenance. That’s why it can be useful to grease insect screen guides with a silicone spray lubricant to ensure easier and smoother sliding.