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How to Clean Porch Screens

When you’re entertaining, there’s nothing like sitting out on the patio as the sun sets against the Texas horizon. And if you’re looking to create the perfect ambiance, unsightly dirt and debris in your patio screens may offset the majesty of your otherwise immaculate home. If you’re looking for a fast, easy way to clean your patio screens before company comes over, make sure to follow these steps.


  1. Clear the Area
  2. Dust Everything
  3. Vacuum the Screens
  4. Wash With a Hose
  5. Scrub With a Brush
  6. Rinse
  7. Wash those patio furniture cushions

Materials You’ll Need

  • Shop-Vac or vacuum with upholstery attachment
  • Ceiling fan duster
  • Garden hose
  • Bucket of water
  • Dish soap
  • Soft-bristled brush

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Step 1: Clear the Area

Move any furniture, rugs, or other items off of the patio and into your yard. Everything should be at least five or six feet away from your screens.

Step 2: Dust Everything

Dusting shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes with the right attachments. Getting rid of dust will keep your patio screen clear. Make sure to get any patio fans dust-free as well. Dust bunnies coming off of your fan will get lodged in the screen.

Step 3: Vacuum the Screens

Start the cleaning by vacuuming the screens from the outside of the patio. You may need a step stool to reach the top of the screen, but it’s important to remove the dirt from every inch of each screen. Work from the top to the bottom, using the upholstery attachment to get all the particles. If you can’t access the patio screens from outside, vacuum from the inside. When you’ve vacuumed up most of the dirt, use your vacuum’s crevice tool to cover the edges and corners of the screens.

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Step 4: Wash With a Hose

Hose the patio screens from the inside and spray outward, starting from the top and working your way down to the bottom. Be careful that the spray from the hose isn’t so strong that it will damage the screens, though.

Step 5: Scrub With a Brush

Fill a bucket with warm water and add a little dish soap. Dip your soft-bristled brush into the soapy water and gently scrub the patio screens from the inside. This will loosen up the last of the remaining dirt. If the vacuum and the hose removed most of the dirt, you can just use the brush on the areas of the screen that need extra cleaning.

Step 6: Rinse

Use your hose again to spray the screens from the inside, starting from the top and moving down. Wash away all the suds and the dirt that was loosened by the brush. When your screen dries, it should let in much more air and light than before.

Step 7: Wash those patio furniture cushions

Dandruff, dander, and more can come off of the couch and get stuck in the screen. Luckily, this is the easiest step: take your cushions and throw them into the washer. If you wash the patio screens thoroughly, you’ll probably only need to repeat these steps once a year. As you get your patio ready for the summer, take an hour or two to remove all the dirt from the screens. And, if your screen needs more than a good scrub, call Shading Texas to give you a patio screen replacement.

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