Pool screen enclosures create so much value for homeowners that we want to protect that investment as much as possible. One of their greatest benefits is pool screens provide welcome shade and protection while they keep bugs and debris out. Unfortunately, that very same dirt, debris, and mold can collect on the screens over time. A dirty pool screen cage is unattractive, seems older, and can damage your screens over time. Thankfully, it’s an easy fix. These pool screen cleaning hacks will help.
Pool Screen Cleaning Tips
Brush It Off
Are leaves and debris clinging to the frames and screens of your pool cage? This can contribute to dingy-looking screens and provide fuel for mold growth. To keep your pool screen looking nice, grab a soft brush and gently brush it off from top to bottom. Be sure to work carefully near the upper screens. Whatever ladders you use to reach the top, make sure you have a spotter.
Wash Down the Screen Enclosure
A gentle scrub with the right cleansers and tools can revitalize your screen enclosure. If you are planning a pool enclosure cleaning, you have a few different options:
- Bleach and water: Bleach can be harsh, so it’s best used sparingly. However, it can be a good choice when you’re trying to eliminate mold, mildew, or algae. If you opt for this route, be sure to dilute. Mix 1 gallon of water with 3 quarts of bleach. Apply cautiously with a long-handled brush. Rinse thoroughly.
- Vinegar and water: Vinegar is safer for the environment, your skin, and the components of your pool area. It’s also effective against mold and mildew. Use a bucket to mix a solution that’s half vinegar and half warm water. Apply with a long-handled brush. When you’re finished, you may either rinse or leave the solution to dry.
- Soap and water: Mix dish detergent with warm water. Scrub gently with a long-handled brush. Rinse thoroughly.
Do Both Sides of the Screen
When cleaning a pool cage, people often overlook the inside of their screens. While the outside of the screens may be exposed to more grime, both the interior and exterior will benefit from a good pool cage cleaning. We recommend cleaning the inside first to remove as much debris as possible. That way when you hose off the outside, there is less debris that falls into your pool area.
It’s Okay to Pressure Wash Screens
Is the thought of manually cleaning the screens of your pool enclosure daunting? Is the pool enclosure too tall to reach with a ladder? Especially in the middle of the pool. If so, then add power. Try using a pressure washer but start with the lowest setting to avoid damaging the screens. You don’t need a fancy pool screen cleaner, just use your pressure washer to keep your pool screen free of debris and mold.
When To Consider Pool Enclosure Screen Replacement
Sometimes, even the best pool screen cleaning isn’t enough to restore your enclosure to its former glory. While these structures tend to last a decade or more when properly maintained, they will eventually fail. If you’re unsure about replacing your pool screens, we’ve written an article about the top 5 signs that you might need a pool enclosure replacement.
For more than half a century, Dulando Screen & Awning has been designing and building custom screen enclosures for our fellow Floridians. We delight in working with our customers to help them discover the solutions that provide the perfect fit for their needs. To schedule a free in-home design consultation for your pool screen enclosure, contact us today.