How to Clean a Pool Screen Enclosure
By: DoItYourself Staff
What you’ll need
- Very gentle scrubbing brush
- Bicarbonate of soda
- Window cleaners chamois cloth
- Windscreen repair kit
A pool screen enclosure can help keep insects and debris out of your pond. However, if you do not perform some basic maintenance on it, the screen enclosure can look dirty and unsightly. Follow these simple tips for a smart poolside.
Step 1 – Clear the Area
First clear the area of any plants, personal belongings and garden furniture to prevent them getting wet. Take the opportunity to consider whether you need all of this stuff by the pool. Does it make the area look cluttered?
Step 2 – Inspect the Glass or Plastic for Cracks
Whether the pool enclosure is made of plastic or glass, check whether there are any cracks or holes in it. If there are, these areas will need special care and attention during the cleaning process. Any excess pressure could make the defect worse.
Step 3 – The Natural Solution
Next brush the pool screen enclosure down with a regular brush to release loose leaves and other debris. For stains caused by dead insects, fingerprints and the weather, mix up two tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda with two pints of warm water. Scrub this onto the pool screen enclosure with a scrubbing brush, making sure that the bristles are small and not vigorous enough to damage the surface. Test a small area of the pool screen enclosure first. If the preparation is not powerful enough to shift the dirt on the screen, you may have to resort to chemicals.
Step 4 – Using Bleach
Bleach is most people’s first choice for getting rid of mold. A well diluted solution is all you need for this job. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the container for the correct ratio of bleach to water. As with the bicarbonate of soda solution, be careful not to scrub too vigorously, as you could damage the surface of the pool screen enclosure. Next rinse the screen with a hosepipe. If your screen has aluminum frames, you may notice some discoloration caused by the bleach if you do not rinse the solution adequately.
Step 5 – Drying
Using a chamois cloth, dry the screen. Tempting as it may be to skip this step, if the pool screen enclosure is left to dry in the open air, the drips from the rinsing stage could run and form unsightly streaks.
Step 6 – Repairing Defects
Most gas stations sell kits for repairing small cracks and holes on car windscreens. With children playing around pool screen enclosures, it is easy to see how small stones can fly up and cause minor chips. If you have any on your screen, apply the filler in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, and allow to dry thoroughly before you let anyone near the pool.