How To: Clean a patio screen door

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.
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)

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.

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.

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.

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