Because they are often more expensive than a standard screen door, you want to maintain your invisible screen door so you can get many years of service from it. To plan its maintenance, let’s consider the parts and pieces of a typical invisible screen door.
Parts and Pieces
The invisible screen door, also called a retractable screen door, is screening material that sits inside an assembly housing. The housing is attached to the interior frame or the exterior face of a doorway.
The screening material itself sits inside a roller tube that fits neatly inside the assembly housing. By dragging on an attached pull bar that’s inside the tube, the screening material is stretched across the door opening. The pull bar usually rides on two rails at the base of the door.
On the opposite side of the door, the pull bar is held in place by one or more magnets. When you don’t want to use the screen, you release the pull bar and let the screen retract back inside the assembly.
Maintaining the Screen
First, you want to protect the screen material. The best way to do this is to keep it inside the assembly housing when you’re not using it. For example, if you are leaving the house, make sure the screen is safely back in its housing.
Another way to protect the screen is keeping pets from pawing, clawing, or scratching the screen material. Clawing can be very destructive to the screening mesh and even small holes will let flying bugs get into your home.
You can clean the screen itself by carefully vacuuming it with a nozzle that has a soft brush on the end. Vacuum both the outside and inside of the screening material. Be careful not to push on the screen as you vacuum as this can stretch it.
Before vacuuming, it is also recommended that you wipe down the screen with a slightly damp towel or cloth. Paper towels are not recommended as the screen mesh can tear it.
Maintaining the Other Parts of the Retractable Screen
To wipe down the main assembly housing, use a clean cloth and a mild detergent that’s non-abrasive. Some people use a combination of water and vinegar for the detergent as this is more environmentally friendly.
The tracks should be kept clean as dirt and grime can accumulate there. Vacuum any loose dirt out from between the tracks. Then, about once a month, do a thorough cleaning of the tracks.
Wipe down the inside and outside of the tracks with a clean cloth and mild detergent. Be sure it’s dried out before using the screen again.
For ease of rolling, you may want to apply some silicone spray to the top and bottom of the tray.
This quick and easy maintenance can help your invisible screen door last a long time.
For more cleaning tips read Easy Ways to Clean a Window Screen.