Security Screen Doors and Windows: Spring Cleaning

Screen doors act as great filters, reducing the amount of outside dirt, dust and pollen entering your home, but dusty deposits can build up quickly. A screen door at the entrance is the first thing people see, so it’s important to keep it looking presentable.

Thoroughly cleaning the stainless steel mesh, the frames, and the locking mechanism can aid the operation and functionality of your security screen over the long run, and makes sure they are looking their best. Here’s how it’s done.

Environmental Definitions

First, it is important to recognise the environment in which you live. Different climates, along with proximity to the ocean and it’s salty, corrosive spray, present different challenges for your home’s fittings. Depending on your region, you may be required to focus moreso on salt removal and corrosion protection, and clean more regularly. Click here for recommended maintenance schedules of CommandeX products. For other products, contact your retailer, and check your warranty and care guide.

How should I care for my SecureView Eclipx and Xceed screens?

SecureView Eclipx and Xceed security screens are low maintenance, however framing should be cleaned at frequent intervals, depending on the amount of contamination that builds up on the surface. When cleaned regularly, there is no need for chemical cleans. Dish soap and water, and a microfiber cleaning cloth, will do the job. Simply wipe the screen during the course of your cleaning routine. A Commandex cleaning mitt, available through your retailer, will make this job easier, and ensure that you get in to all the nooks and crannies.

For a more thorough maintenance clean, follow these steps:

Step One

First, use a wet sponge or cloth to wash down the screen and the frame. This will loosen and remove any built up deposits of salts, dirt, and grime that may have collected on or around the screen. Keep a bucket handy and keep the sponge wet, to ensure you are simply spreading dust around.

Step Two

Next, wash the screen with a soft cloth and some detergent.. Fibre brushes may be used to loosen dirt and grime, but abrasives such as sand paper or emery paper must not be used. Where there has been greasy deposit, the surface should be washed with a white spirit using a soft cloth.

Step Three

Rinse well, with clean, fresh water.

Step Four

Using the same solution as in Step Two, clean the tracks and the frames of the door. Use a soft bristle brush to clean any stubborn stains. Ensure that none of your cleaning solution enters the locking mechanism. The internal work of locks, handles, catches etc. should be kept in good working order by applying graphite powder (don not use WD40 as it attracts dust and will cause damage in the long term) to any moving parts.

Step Five

Rinse well.

Done properly, you will have a sparkling, like-new security screen to enjoy throughout the summer months. Security screens from Commandex are extremely hard-wearing and almost maintenance-free, but a few minutes of care each spring can pay dividends.