Manual Drop Screens Maintenance

Following our Manual Drop Screens Maintenance suggestions will ensure years of worry free service for your Manual Drop Screens. A little cleaning once a month will prevent a major cleaning project.

1. Watch Your Screens Operation

We recommend watching your Manual Drop Screen while you are lowering it down.  If an object is left under the Manual Drop Screen it will prevent the unit from lowering to the desired spot.

2. Vertical Wire Guide Cleaning

Visually inspect the left and right vertical Wire Guides to confirm they are secure and taught. Starting at the top of each Wire Guide and working your way down, wipe off any dirt or debris that has accumulated on the Wire Guides with rag.

3. Vertical Side Track Cleaning (upgrade feature)

Ensure tracks are kept free of dirt and debris which may cause the Manual Drop Screen to perform poorly. Clean the vertical side tracks once a month. First, clean the left and right vertical tracks with compressed canned air, a vacuum, a hose and/or a soft brush. Next, wipe the tracks clean with a soft cloth and gentle detergent.

Let the tracks dry and then apply an even coat of dry silicon spray to the left and right vertical track channel. Remove any excess silicon spray. Raise and lower the Manual Drop Screen to lubricate each vertical rail channel and end cap entirely.

DO NOT use oil, grease, petroleum or oil based sprays as these will attract dirt and impair the proper operation of your screen(s).

4. Screen Mesh or Fabric Cleaning

Clean the Screen Mesh or Fabric on the Manual Drop Screen with a vacuum by using a soft upholstery brush attachment. Carefully vacuum the inside and outside, taking caution not to snag the Screen Mesh or Fabric itself.

Do Not use chemicals. Test a small unnoticeable area first before cleaning the entire Screen Mesh or Fabric to confirm ideal results. After cleaning the Screen Mesh or Fabric, rinse thoroughly and allow it to fully dry before retracting. Cleaning the unit first thing in the morning on a nice, hot and sunny day is ideal.

5. Clear Flexible Vinyl Cleaning

Manual Drop Screens with Clear Vinyl can be cleaned and maintained with any of the many products on the market made for the care and maintenance of Clear Flexible Vinyl.

We do not make any specific recommendations other than the following:

  • Wash regularly with a mild soap and water spraying down the curtain. Beware of washing with trapped grit on your cloth. Polish occasionally with any of the products made for maintenance of Clear Flexible Vinyl.
  • Do Not use Rainex as this will cause hazing, discoloration and distortion over time.
  • Do Not leave curtains rolled up over prolonged periods. Roll down often to avoid clouding from trapped water, fold distortions, etc.
  • Make sure the Clear Flexible Vinyl is fully dry before retracting the Manual Drop Screen.

6. Aluminum Cleaning (upgrade feature)

The optional Housing, Weight bar and Side Tracks are manufactured from extruded aluminum.

Wipe down all aluminum parts with a soft cloth and gentle detergent.

DO NOT scrub the aluminum parts as this will damage the powder coated or anodized surface. DO NOT use “Goof Off” as this will damage the powder coated surface instantly.

7. Wind

How much wind your Manual Drop Screen can handle has many variables that you should be aware of:

  • Size of the screen:
    • The width & height of your screen is a factor. Larger screens can handle less wind due to surface area exposed to wind load.
  • Type of fabric in the screen:
    • More open mesh types will withstand stronger winds than solid fabrics.
  • Type of wind:
    • There are gusts, sustained winds, micro bursts, etc. Each of these can have a different effect on your screen.
  • Where your screen is mounted:
    • Screens mounted against a structure can withstand stronger wind loads than screens mounted between openings out in the open with nothing behind them.

It is recommended that all Manual Drop Screens be retracted in winds that exceed 30 mph. However, depending on the conditions above, your screen may need to be retracted for lesser wind speeds. Common sense is dictated here, and close observation of your screen’s reaction to wind. We advise against leaving your Manual Drop Screen down while not at your home.

8. Somfy Motor (upgrade feature)

Manual Drop Screens can be converted to a Motorized Drop Screen or Motorized Sun Screen with the help of a Somfy Motor.

If you are retracting the screen in excessive winds, gently help the bottom weight bar up as the motor retracts the screen if you notice it struggling to retract. This will protect your motor from overheating. The Somfy Motor has a thermal protection device built in to protect it from overheating due to heavy loads or overuse. Should this happen, the Somfy Motor will simply stop functioning for anywhere between 20-45 minutes to cool off. Once cooled down, it will again start functioning properly.

9. Somfy Remote Control (upgrade feature)

Manual Drop Screens can be converted to a Motorized Drop Screen or Motorized Sun Screen with the help of a Somfy Motor.

Somfy Remotes (handheld and in-wall) have a limited battery life. If the remote light does not come on when the buttons are depressed, the battery within the remote needs to be replaced. The shelf life of a Somfy Remote battery depends on the daily use.

10. Constant Power (upgrade feature)

Manual Drop Screens can be converted to a Motorized Drop Screen or Motorized Sun Screen with the help of a Somfy Motor.

Interruption of power can affect the motorization of your screen. Ensure that power is still getting to the unit by checking circuit breakers and ground faults for resetting.

If power is disconnected, be sure to not use the Somfy Remote for 1 minute after power is reconnected as the Somfy Motor will be in Factory Program Mode for that first minute after power is restored.