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How to Maintain & Care for Fly Screens & Security Screens

How to Maintain & Care for Fly Screens & Security Screens

Flyscreens & security screens for doors & windows need regular & proper maintenance to keep them in great working condition. Screens are essential for doors & windows in our homes because:

  1. They allow natural light & ventilation to flow inside the house through open doors & windows 
  2. They provide protection from insects.
  3. Security screens secure your home against unwanted intruders.

It’s only logical to maintain your flyscreens & security screens to ensure their functionality & longevity, & to keep your family safe@home.

Proper cleaning

There are many different types of materials used for screen meshes–  aluminium, stainless steel, & fibreglass to name a few. Their finish can be powder-coated, polyester or PVC. Homeowners should consider these important details when cleaning their flyscreens & security screens to avoid damaging the mesh. 

Here are the Do’s & Don’ts when cleaning flyscreens & security screens:

  1. Do clean your screens regularly with warm soapy water.
  2. Do use a sponge or soft brush & mild soap. 
  3. Do rinse well after washing with detergents.
  4. Do regularly clean out the tracking of sliding windows & door screens.
  5. Do remove or cover your door or window screens when renovating to avoid accidental damage or accumulating extra dust & dirt. 
  6. Don’t use a hard bristled broom, vacuum cleaner brush or scrubbing brush that may scratch the finish.
  7. Don’t use aggressive abrasives or harsh chemicals that could damage any coatings & lose the gloss of the screens.
  8. Don’t expose screens to excessive heat when drying them.

If in doubt, check your security screen warranty &  instructions on proper cleaning & maintenance. 

How often should you clean flyscreens & security screens?

 Regularly! Your location can also affect how often you should clean your screens, which can impact their durability.

Location/Environment Cleaning interval 
In less urban or rural areas at least 40 km away from the coast or salt waterEvery six months
Within 10 km from the coast or salt waterEvery three months
Within 2 km from coast or salt water, or highly industrialised or polluted areasEvery 2 weeks

Flyscreen Repair

DIY repairs for damaged screens is possible if you have the skills, patience & knowledge to properly restore your damaged flyscreens or security screens. Or, you can quickly & easily have them repaired by your trusted manufacturer or dealer. 

EHi offers flyscreen repairs, replacements & re-meshing all year round. From dented or bent frames to torn or damaged mesh, you can drop them off to our showroom & pay the repair fee only. 

You can read more about our flyscreen repair services here

EHi supplies & installs flyscreens, along with a wide range of home improvement products:  Blinds, awnings, security screens, shutters, & grilles.  These products form the focus of our government – backed apprenticeship, which we’ve recently named the Cert iii in BASS G™.