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All You Need To Know About Fly Screens before Owning Them

Author: Charles Bohnsting
by Charles Bohnsting
Posted: Nov 13, 2013

If you are fortunate enough to live in a warm climate, then you probably share your home with a few unwanted guests. Mosquitoes and flies are nobody's friend and they make a lousy house visitor. In fact you should do everything that you can to persuade them not to bother even showing up. However, many of us do quite the opposite and we actually open our doors and windows to them on a daily basis. Unless you are blessed with a brilliant air-conditioning system, it is likely that you keep a door or window open for ventilation on a hot day. This is where fly screen doors become your new best friend. If you do not have one fitted and would like to learn a little more about these, and then please read on.

What Are They?

A fly screen door is usually a hinged door that is situated in front of your solid front door. These are primarily used to block flying insects from accessing your home when the solid door is left open. It allows cool air to enter your house without the added flying pests that often love to pop in unannounced. They are also useful when it comes to keeping your dog or cat or young children safely in your home.

What Types Are There?

The sliding fly screen door is a popular choice for your conservatory or if you have enough space inside for the sliding width.

The Rigid framed hinged fly screen door is the most common variety. These are suited for a household that is using the protected doorway frequently. This type of door has a self closer, it will shut behind you, should you forget. The fact that this is made with a rigid frame ensures that the door will be durable for many years.

The roller cassette screen door is used in conjunction with UPVC doors and conservatories.

How To Clean Them?

By the nature of these screen doors there will be a buildup of unpleasant bug residue pretty quickly and quite often. If you neglect the cleaning process you will risk the possibility of germs entering your home and the ventilation will be compromised. Here is a mini guide on keeping your lovely fly screen door nice and clean.

  • Remove the screen section and place it outside your house.
  • Lay it on a dry and clean surface.
  • Use a garden hose to rinse the dirty screen.
  • Scrub thoroughly with warm soapy water using a brush or sponge.
  • Repeat on the other side of the fly screen.
  • Use the hose again to rinse the suds away.
  • Use a Vacuum Cleaner

If you regularly vacuum your fly screen doors and windows you will cut down on the times you are required to effect a full clean. You can also ask the local window cleaner to do the job if you would rather be in your hammock relaxing!

Fixed Security Screens

To clean these, you should first place some sheeting or towels on the floor beneath the screen. Repeat the process outlined above and try to keep your floor dry.

About the Author

Magic Seal Victoria is a family owned and run insect screen business. We began in September 2000 and distribute our innovative screens throughout Melbourne and Victoria.

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