Making the Most Out of Your Fly Screens

Keeping your house neat and clean is very important; otherwise, it will look dusty, dirty, and an uncomfortable place to be. And just like all the other parts of of your house, it is equally important to keep your fly screens clean and dust-free. This article talks about the different ways in which you can make the most out of your fly screen, specifically in terms of the area you live in and the type of screen that you are using.

Where do you live?

Different areas require different schedules for cleaning your fly screens:

Rural area. If you are residing in a rural area, then most likely your house is prone to dust and dirt build-up. The slightest change in weather may also cause your place to be muddy at times. In rural areas, you should thoroughly clean and maintain your fly screens every three to six months.

Coastal area. In the same way, coastal areas are also prone to build up -- of salt, that is. Over time, salt can make your screen brittle, heavy, and grey-colored. If you live in a coastal area, then you should be cleaning and maintaining your fly screens every six months.

Urban area. Meanwhile, urban areas are prone to pollution. All that dust from the city streets can make your fly screens extremely dirty. And so, in urban areas, you need to clean and maintain your fly screens every six months.

What type of screen are you using?

The procedure for cleaning your fly screens is also dependent on the type of screen that you are using:

Retractable or pleated type screens. If your screen is the retractable or pleated type, you can begin by retracting the screen into its starter track or cassette. Use a vacuum cleaner to clean the tracks and clear off debris. Then, extend or roll out the screen again. Using a soft brush, gently scrub the screen with mild and soapy water. If your screens are are fitted on the outside, you can rinse the soap gently with a garden hose. Be careful not to use too much pressure! Afterwards, wipe the screen down using a soft cloth. When the screen is dry, you can spray a silicon-based lubricant on the tracks for a perfect finish. The great thing about these screens is that when you are not using them, they are kept clean and free from build-up once retracted.

Fixed security screens. If you are using a fixed security screen, you can begin by placing some towels on the floor in order to prevent water from damaging the floor as you work. Then, wipe down the frames and screens using a soft cloth or a soft brush dipped in mild, soapy water. Rinse the screen gently, and then let it dry. Similar to retractable screens, you can also spray a silicon-based lubricant on your fixed security screens.

Removable fly screens. If your screen is the removable type, then be careful when you move them, especially since it can be quite hard to remove if it has been fixed in place for quite a long time. To help loosen it up, you can spray with a silicon-based lubricant. Then, take it outdoors and gently hose down with some water. Use a soft cloth or brush to clean both sides of the screen. Afterwards, rinse the screen gently and allow it to dry before putting it back into place.

By keeping in mind these tips, you can make the most of out your fly screens -- wherever you go and whichever type of screen that you have!

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