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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.


  • Step 1: Remove screen door Use a screwdriver to carefully remove the screen door from its tracks. Lay it flat.
  • Step 2: Loosen the dirt Loosen the dirt in the tracks with a utility brush, brushing along the length of the track.
  • Step 3: Vacuum excess dirt Remove the excess dirt with a vacuum.
  • TIP: Dirt and grit on door tracks interferes with opening and closing, and can cause wear and tear on the rollers.
  • Step 4: Apply lubricant Apply a lubricant to the tracks and rub them with steel wool.
  • Step 5: Remove roller Gently remove the roller for cleaning.
  • TIP: If you can’t remove the roller, clean it using a small brush, toothpick, or with compressed air while holding it in place.
  • 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.
  • FACT: Patio doors gained popularity in the U.S. after the post-World War II housing boom.

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)

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