How to Clean Screen Enclosures

Updated: May 3

If you're the proud owner of a screen enclosure, then you know how great they are for keeping your outdoor living space free from insects and pests. However, if your enclosure isn't properly cleaned and maintained, it can quickly become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other pests. Thankfully, cleaning your screen enclosure is a quick and easy process that doesn't require any special tools or equipment. In this post, we'll cover the basics of how to clean your screen enclosure, so you can keep it looking its best.


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Clear the Area


Be sure to start with the most manageable problems first. Remove and put away pool toys or any other equipment that may get in the way of cleaning. Assess what should be inside your enclosure or should be put away. Be sure to move any planters that may get too wet or damaged by cleaning, or you could possibly end up with a larger mess than you started.


Always check your enclosure for rips or tears in the panels before starting, you don’t need to clean what you need to replace entirely!



Options for Cleaning Your Screen


  • When you think that the dirt or algae buildup is not severe, then this gentle method for cleaning pool enclosures may work best. Create a mixture of household dish soap and warm water, then take a soft cloth with which you will wipe off all grime from your panels as well as frame around them before rinsing off these same areas so they stay clean!


  • When you decide to use a pressure washer for cleaning pool enclosures, make sure that the lowest setting is used and proceed slowly. You'll also need to take extreme care when increasing pressures as too much power might damage paneling or the structure permanently. Never use your pressure washer on already damaged panels.


  • To keep your pool clean and free from algae, we recommend using a 50-50 mix of vinegar with water. It's not as harsh on the enclosure as chlorine bleach is so it will be safe for you to use around any surfaces that come into contact like tiles or swim walls. The great thing about this cleaning concoction is that it's not as harsh on your pool enclosure as chlorine bleach which can ruin an expensive liner in just 1 season! The acidic barrier left behind by vinegar discourages new mold growth as well.


What to Avoid


We recommend that you do not use bleach or heavy-duty cleaners when cleaning your pool enclosure. The chemicals in heavy-duty cleaners can compromise the integrity of glazing material and paint on surfaces, which may lead to discoloration or rusting over time if left untreated.


When it comes to cleaning your enclosure, there are some areas that can be tricky. Know that you can tackle the project or assess if you need help before starting. For example, the panels on an enclosure might be large and high up which makes them difficult or impossible for you to reach without professional help.


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Screen enclosures are an excellent addition to your home. They provide protection from the elements while still allowing fresh air and natural light in. However, they can quickly become dirty if not properly maintained. If you’re looking for professional help with upkeeping your screen enclosure or if it is in need of repairs, we’d be happy to assist you!


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