are so many reasons for why blinds
can be broken from cats climbing up them, children hanging
on to them to plain old wear and tear. It is always wise
to purchase good blinds in the first place i.e. blinds which
have been sown and not glued.
blinds off to be repaired however could be both expensive
and time consuming (depending on which company you send
them to) as the whole blind would need to be taken down
to be sent off.
are certain things however which can easily be repaired
at little cost. If you purchased your blinds made to order,
it is usually simple to order new
blind slats from the original manufacturer, if this
is what is required. If you have purchased a ready made
blind, you may even find that a made
to order blind manufacturer has the same material and
colour and can replace your slat.
Replacing these is quite simple. The slats themselves are
usually on a hook at the top but if the slat breaks off
from the main head rail, you can purchase vertical blind
clips. These clips are made of durable metal, and they can
re-attach either a curved or a straight slat. The vertical
blind clips are slid over the end of the slat and then
pressed together onto the slat. Then, to re-hang the slat,
turn it so it is in the same direction as the slats that
are already hung on the header. Grab the top of it, and
place the top of the slat into the header, then pull it
down gently to secure it into place.
blinds are made of plastic or metal, you'll need to feed
the spacing chain back through the hole in the repaired
slat. To ensure you maintain the proper spacing, cut a piece
of cardboard to the appropriate length, using the existing
spacing as a guide. Use the cardboard to measure the distance
between slats, then feed the chain through the rest of the
slats that are beside it clear through to the end.
Sometimes, a fabric slat can lose its weighted insert. It
needs the weight to keep the fabric slat from curling up
in the same way that curtains have weights sewn in the hem.
These weights can be purchased and can be easily replaced.
Simply slide the new weight fully into the fabric pocket
then, then clip the chain to it.
With the Cord
Should your cord wear thin or break, this is still an easy
job to carry out. However, there are many combinations for
the cord which are dictated by the manner in which your
can be drawn. Therefore, it is usually advisable to refer
back to the manufacturer for their guidelines for replacements.
may be possible to shorten the cord to get over the problem.
To do this, peer inside the headrail and locate the slat
carrier where the cord is in a knot. Hold the carrier in
place with your fingers and pull out the excess cord until
the cord safety device is at the correct length. Make a
secure knot in the end at that spot, and cut off excess
string with scissors. Operate the blinds to make sure the
cord works correctly.
Not Working Properly
If the chain is difficult to operate, remove the end control
cap. There should be a pulley with a metal rod in the middle
and a round washer with a jagged hole in the centre. Sometimes
it is a simple as tapping the rod lightly to loosen it and
then the chain should operate properly. It may be well at
this time to lubricate with WD40 or something similar.