Cleaning Window Screens with a Vacuum Cleaner

Window screens need to be cleaned every year to remove trapped dust, dirt, and pollen. To clean window screens, remove the screen from the window and use a vacuum cleaner equipped with a soft bristle upholstery brush attachment.

Give screens a more thorough cleaning every four to five years using a garden hose and spray attachment. Watch this video to find out more.

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Joe Truini: You should remove the screens from your house at least once a year and clean them. What I used to do is wash them with a hose, rinse them down, leave them out to dry. But that was way too much work, especially because an average house has between 15 and 20 screens, so it takes quite a while.

Here’s a much faster, quicker trick. Just use a standard household vacuum, or you can use a wet-dry vacuum, and put on an upholstery brush. Almost all vacuums come with such an accessory. It has nice soft bristles. Just put it on and use the vacuum to clean the screens. Let me show you how.

There you go. In just a few seconds you’ve cleaned the screen, and because the bristles are nice and soft, there’s no chance of damaging it. Now, if you do this every year, the screens will stay nice and clean, but you still may have to wash them with a hose. But I would say maybe only every four or five years. It saves you a lot of time.


  1. your link said I was going to learn how to clean screens AND TRACKS. You completely ignore the tracks and that’s what I wanted to know. What do you lubricate the tracks with – you advise garage door tracks too – Use the same thing? What is it? machine oil? grease? what?

    • DJ, you can use a spray silicone to clean and lubricate the window tracks. Spray it onto a cloth and wipe the tracks to clean. B’laster makes a multipurpose lubricant you can use for the garage door tracks.

  2. I use -furniture polish- like Endust on the tracks and window -sill. Around the home it repels dust, and spiders won’t cross it.

  3. I prefer to remove my screens and give them a quick clean with a spray bottle containing a mixture of water, vinegar and dish soap. Using a very soft brush I brush and rinse with a hose. Screens dry quickly with some paper towel help. They come out squeaky clean.


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