The best way to introduce fresh air into your home at any time of the year is by opening your doors and windows, and the best way to prevent unwanted dirt, debris and insects from entering with it is with the installation of high quality, retractable screen doors. In order to keep them looking and performing like new, periodic maintenance and cleaning is required. Use the following guide to provide the ultimate care for your retractable screen doors and protect your home.
Guide to Caring for Your Retractable Screen Doors
Pay close attention to your retractable screens as they open and close to ensure they are operating smoothly and the screen mesh remains inside the track at all times. Leave the screen stored inside the housing unit when not in use and be sure to periodically check the tracks and clear out any dirt or debris that may have accumulated before opening the screen.
Screen Maintenance and Cleaning
The mesh screen allows the flow of air between the outdoors and indoors while acting as a filter for particles such as dust, dirt, pollen, insects, and more. Over time, particles can become trapped and, in addition to obscuring your view of the outdoors, can begin to hamper airflow. To clean, begin by gently vacuuming the entire surface on both sides, using the soft, round upholstery attachment. Next, use a damp, lint-free cloth to gently wipe down both sides of the screen and allow the screen to fully dry before retracting.
Track Maintenance and Cleaning
Clean tracks allow the uninhibited movement of retractable screen doors and even a small amount of dirt or debris can hinder their performance. As dirt is picked up by the door, it can work its way into various components causing a need for repairs. To clean upper and lower tracks, begin by vacuuming the area using the upholstery attachment. For stubborn dirt, you can use a soft-bristled brush to scrub the area before vacuuming. Next, use a clean, damp cloth to wipe the tracks in the direction away from the housing and allow them to fully dry before opening the screen. Apply a light spray of Pledge into the bottom tracks for additional lubrication and to repel dirt.
Housing Maintenance and Cleaning
Caring for your retractable screen doors’ housing unit is quick and easy. Gently wipe down the outer housing and handles using a clean, damp cloth as needed and allow it to air dry.