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How to Clean Your Security Screen

Security screens on the Sunshine Coast are a great addition to your home because they offer an extra layer of protection and allow you to enjoy fresh air inside your house.

You may have noticed that your security screen can get pretty dirty, especially during wet weather.

To keep yours in good shape, the experts here at Alpha Screens and Glass suggest using these tips to clean it regularly!

Firstly: DO NOT Remove the Screen unless assisted by a security screen professional. Once removed, you can follow the tips below. For general maintenance, vacuuming and general cleaning will suffice.

Our Top Tips

Vacuum the Door

If you see a lot of dust and debris on your security door, start by vacuuming it off. This ensures that you get a quality clean when the door is wet.

Once you’re done vacuuming out the dirt and debris, you can move on to washing the screen

Wash with Mild Soap and Water

Security screens should only ever need to be washed down with a soft-bristled brush using warm water and a mild detergent. Ensure to rinse well with mains water so that ALL residue is flushed from the mesh retaining areas of the frame.

Strong detergents and abrasive cleaners must NEVER be used to clean your Security Screens as these may scratch or damage the surface finish and increase the likelihood of corrosion.

Only mains water is to be used as recycled, bore or tank water may lead to corrosion.

Be sure to rinse your brush or sponge often as you go so that you get a good clean all over the screen.

Special care should be taken to avoid excessive amounts of water entering the main lock and auxiliary 3 point locks.

Rinse Well

You don’t want any soap or leftover dirt and debris left on your door when you’re done cleaning it, so be sure to give it a good rinse. You can use the hose in your garden or you can get a fresh bucket of clean water and rinse it that way.

Once it’s rinsed, allow it to airdry very well before replacing it in the frame of your security door. You can also give the frame a good wipe down at this point with a damp cloth.

Periodic Lubrication

Periodic lubrication of the main lock and auxiliary lock components should only ever be done using graphite powder. Liquid or aerosol lubricants can cause corrosion and damage the locking mechanism.


Frequency of cleaning is largely dependent on the location of the building. In most circumstances, cleaning may be carried out every 3-4 months.

Products installed close to more severe conditions such as marine or industrial environments should be cleaned every 2-4 weeks.

Need more help taking care of your security screens on the Sunshine Coast? Call the experts at Alpha Screen and Glass for all the tips and advice that you need.

For more security screen information, read our previous blog post on What Doors Are Best For Security!

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