How to Clean a Stainless Steel Well Screen

Cleaning a stainless steel well screen is a crucial maintenance task to ensure the longevity and efficiency of your well. Over time, the screen can become clogged with sediment and mineral deposits, which can reduce water flow and quality. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to clean a stainless steel well screen:

Specifications of stainless steel wedge wire screens for well drilling:
Slot size (mm): 0.10, 0.15, 0.2, 0.25, 0.30-3mm
Open area: up to 60%
Material: low carbon, low carbon galvanized steel (LCG) steel , stainless steel (304 etc.)
Lengths up to 6 meters for container
Diameter: ranging from 25 to 800mm
End connection: threaded coupling or welded end
Material: Low Carbon Galvanized ( LCG ) and Stainless Steel (SS)
Slot (mm): 0.1,0.25,0.50,0.75,1.00,1.50,2.00,3.00 and so on.

Specification (wedge wire): Width(mm): 1.50 1.80 2.30 3.00 3.30 3.70
Height(mm): 2.20 2.50 2.70 3.60 4.30 4.70 5.60 6.30 7.00
Specification (support rod): Width(mm): 2.30 3.00 3.30 3.70
Height(mm): 2.70 3.60 4.70 5.60 6.30
Round: From 2.50mm to 6.0mm
Note: other specifications available as per request
Slot size 0.10, 0.15, 0.20, 0.25, 0.30… 6.00mm also achieved upon request.
Material: galvanized low carton (LCG), stainless steel (304,316 etc.)
Length  up to 6 meters.
Diameter  from 25mm to 1200mm.
End connection Plain beveled ends, flanged or threaded couplings

Materials Needed

  • Bucket of warm water
  • Mild dish soap
  • Soft bristle brush
  • White vinegar or a commercial descaler (for mineral deposits)
  • Soft, clean cloth


1. Remove the Well Screen

First, you’ll need to safely remove the well screen. This process will vary depending on the type and depth of your well, so refer to the manufacturer’s instructions or consult a professional if needed.

2. Rinse with Warm Water

Rinse the well screen with warm water to remove loose silt and debris.

3. Prepare a Soap Solution

Mix a few drops of mild dish soap into a bucket of warm water. This will serve as your cleaning solution.

4. Scrub the Well Screen

Dip a soft bristle brush into the soap solution and gently scrub the well screen. Be thorough but careful to avoid damaging the mesh.

5. Rinse and Inspect

Rinse the well screen with clean water. Inspect it closely for any remaining dirt or debris. If the screen still appears dirty, repeat the scrubbing process.

6. Handle Mineral Deposits

If there are mineral deposits on the well screen, soak it in a solution of white vinegar or a commercial descaler. Follow the instructions on the descaler’s label. After soaking, gently scrub and rinse the screen again.

7. Dry the Well Screen

Pat the well screen dry with a clean cloth. Allow it to air dry completely before reinstalling it to prevent any potential bacterial growth.

8. Reinstall the Well Screen

Once the well screen is thoroughly dry, reinstall it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Again, consider seeking professional help if necessary.


Remember, while regular cleaning can significantly extend the life of your well screen, it’s also essential to monitor the quality of your well water. If you notice a consistent drop in water quality or flow rate, it might be time to replace the well screen. Always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions or consult with a well professional for specific cleaning guidelines and maintenance tips.