Screen enclosures keep leaves and other debris out of the pool. They deter insects and animals, too, but they often develop a green sheen of mold or algae due to the constant exposure to moist air. Here are some hints for dealing with discoloration on your screen enclosure.
A blower can get rid of leaves, sticks, cobwebs, and seeds that litter your screen enclosure. Remove as much of the debris from the screens as you can, so you’ll have a clear work area to start cleaning.
A bucket, hose, some mild dish soap, and a soft-bristle brush will get a lot of the discoloration off your screen enclosure. Make a circuit of places you can easily reach, and scrub gently. Then, rinse everything thoroughly. This will help you identify any lingering discoloration on your pool enclosure.
If you don’t own a power washer, you can rent one at a big box home supply store. Start on the lowest pressure setting and gently work your way up. Don’t go any higher than you need to when removing stains and stubborn mold or mildew, as you may damage your screens and their frames. Power washers can reach areas you can’t and may make climbing a ladder unnecessary.
For a more natural alternative to bleach, you can use a 50-50 solution of distilled white vinegar and water to scrub stubborn stains. If the solution runs off into flower beds, just give them a long, deep watering to dilute it. The distinctive vinegary smell will fade in a day or two.
Bleach as a Last Resort
A 3:1 solution of water to bleach (with 3 parts water and 1 part bleach) is your last resort for tough stains on your screen enclosure. Be aware that bleach can damage aluminum, burn your skin, and give off dangerous fumes. Wear gloves and eye protection when using bleach. Soak a clean brush in the mixture and gently scrub the stained area. Then, rinse thoroughly, taking care not to contaminate nearby plants or splash the bleach solution on furniture or the pool deck. Again, if any bleach runs off into nearby flower beds, water the plants to dilute the solution.
Rough cleaning can damage pool screens. If using chemicals makes you nervous, hire a professional crew to clean persistent stains on your screen enclosure. For pool screen repair in Auburnville or the surrounding areas, contact Pool Screens R Us.