I wanted to share with you some recent testing we have been doing with Screen Magic on moldy screens. It has come to our attention that in high humidity areas like Florida the screens get a mold or algae that grows on the screens, many times its green. Word has it, cleaning these screens is difficult at best. Regular Screen Magic worked OK, it did a pretty good job but not perfect. Well Scott, who builds screen enclosures for pools and patios in Florida, decided to try straight Screen Magic concentrate and found it COMPLETELY eliminates the green algae from the screens. Scott tells me this is a big problem in his area and their are thousands of screen enclosures in the area. I’m told they are very difficult to clean and a lot of times home owners just replace the green screens at great expense.
With this exciting news we decided to do some testing. Scott was kind enough to send me some green screen. Normal Screen Magic is 9:1. Since we knew straight Screen Magic concentrate, 1:1 worked, it was just a matter of finding the right mix ration that would still work but bring the price down as using just straight concentrate would be to expensive.
We tested every ration and found the magic number seems to be 7:1. To give you an idea of what this means normally a 1/2 gallon of Screen Magic makes 5 gallons at 9:1. 7:1 makes 4 gallons. If you have some REALLY REALLY moldy screens you can mix it down to a 5:1 ration (which makes 3 gallons) or treat the screen twice. I would also recommend to dry brush the screens first to get off the big stuff.
Now as far a treating the screens on the enclosures it seems the best way to treat large enclosures is to use one of the back pack sprayers with an extended wand tip to be able to spray it on the roof section using a ladder. You should be able to clean even a large size enclosure in less that a hour. One 5 gallon concentrate should be more than enough. Pricing could be anywhere from $199 to $499. You should be able to get a pretty good profit margin on them as other than time consuming task of scrubbing them, the only alternative seems to be replacing them. You should probably figure up what you want to charge by the square foot at first. I’m sure after awhile you will probably be able to guesstimate the price into a category of $199,299,399, or 499 plus.
So my question for you all living in high humidity areas is - Is algae/mold on screens really a problem for you and is this something you think you could make some extra money on? If you currently clean enclosures, how have you been dealing with this problem- do you take the screens off and power spray them?
If it’s a service you want to offer I can make up some special flyers for your customers showing a before and after and depending on your feed back we are consider doing some special labeling. So your input would be greatly appreciated. Below are some photos we took of the testing we have done. One last note- it looks like Screen Magic should impede the algae/mold from growing back for 4-6 months.
This images below are of the same screen, just different levels of magnification.