Spring is right around the corner. For many of us, this means it’s time to start thinking about the “to-do” lists. Clean out the gutters, uncover the pool, tune up the lawn mower and most importantly – get your screen room or sunroom ready to enjoy the warm weather ahead.
While many of those to-do’s involve a considerable amount of work, your screen room and sunroom are virtually maintenance-free – which is part of their appeal to begin with. However, if you take just a few minutes each spring to give your sunroom some tender loving care, you’ll gain many more years of enjoyment.
Like most, you will probably notice a certain amount of “fall debris” (i.e. leaves and small twigs) that have fallen onto your patio or deck and potentially into the tracks of your patio room or sunroom – more if you reside in an exceptionally wooded area. It’s a good idea to remove this debris to keep the door and window tracks of your sunroom in working order. Removing the debris also helps to keep the weep holes in your tracks clear for the rain ahead.
Cleaning your screen room or sunroom door and window tracks
To clean your screen room or sunroom tracks you have a few options:
- Plug in your shop-vac and vacuum the debris out.
- Take the garden hose and from the outside, spray the debris out. Then let the tracks dry.
- Use a stiff brush or broom and sweep the debris out. (Never use a wire brush as this could scratch the paint and finish on your sun room.)
- Use a cloth and wipe the debris out.
Pay extra attention to the weep holes. Make sure that in the process of cleaning your tracks nothing was accidentally pushed into these holes. Weep holes drain the water from your tracks during heavy rain so that water doesn’t back up.
Once your tracks are clean and dry – use a silicon only spray on the inside of the tracks. The silicon spray will lubricate the tracks to keep your doors and windows rolling with ease. Never use an oil based spray or WD-40. These products will “gum-up” and could damage your wheels, tracks and create other issues down the road.
Cleaning the screens of your patio room or sunroom
All Patio Enclosures’ screens are made from aluminum and resist dirt and grime better than fiberglass. However, to keep your sunroom screens looking new, year after year, follow these simple cleaning steps:
- Take your screens off their tracks and spray them with a garden hose. Shake your screens a few times to get rid of the excess water and replace them on their tracks
- For extra dirty screens, take a soft brush and bucket of soapy water. Dip the brush into the soapy water and gently brush the screens clean. Rinse each screen with the garden hose, shake your screens a few times to get rid of the excess water and replace them on their tracks.
Cleaning your sunroom glass
Chances are if you have a sunroom, there is a view you enjoy looking at. Glass, like any other material on your home, will attract a certain amount of dirt over time. Keep your view clear by cleaning your glass on a regular basis. Any glass cleaner will work. Just spray and wipe.
For those who prefer an eco-friendly option, combine equal parts of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle and spray onto your glass. For a streak-free shine, try wiping your windows with crumpled up newspaper instead of using a paper towel or cloth (the black and white sections work best). Once you are finished cleaning your glass, you can still add your newspaper to your recycle bin!
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