How to Clean a Patio Screen Door

You don’t need to be handy to clean your patio screen door. Cleaning can be done quickly and easily in a few simple steps.


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You Will Need

  • A screwdriver
  • A utility brush
  • A small vacuum cleaner
  • A spray lubricant
  • A steel wool pad
  • Grease-cutting detergent
  • Silicone lubricant
  • A small brush, toothpick, or compressed air (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Remove screen door

    Use a screwdriver to carefully remove the screen door from its tracks. Lay it flat.

  2. Step 2

    Loosen the dirt

    Loosen the dirt in the tracks with a utility brush, brushing along the length of the track.

  3. Step 3

    Vacuum excess dirt

    Remove the excess dirt with a vacuum.

  4. Dirt and grit on door tracks interferes with opening and closing, and can cause wear and tear on the rollers.

  5. Step 4

    Apply lubricant

    Apply a lubricant to the tracks and rub them with steel wool.

  6. Step 5

    Remove roller

    Gently remove the roller for cleaning.

  7. If you can’t remove the roller, clean it using a small brush, toothpick, or with compressed air while holding it in place.

  8. Step 6

    Clean the roller and tension spring

    Clean the roller and tension spring by soaking them in grease-cutting detergent mixed with water. After drying, spray with silicone lubricant.

  9. Patio doors gained popularity in the U.S. after the post-World War II housing boom.