Too Scared of Ruining Your Blinds to Clean Them?

Householders who take pride in their homes know that getting the right window treatments for each room is the final touch in creating a comfortable space that welcomes them home each day. A regular cleaning regime is also part of this feeling of comfort, and while blinds don’t need cleaning every day, they should be on the cleaning schedule of every well-kept dwelling.

Cleaning Methods for Different Blinds

Window blinds are also expensive, so no householder wants to damage theirs during cleaning. Using different types of cleaning methods for diverse styles of blinds is one way to avoid accidental damage, especially if you are cleaning them on the window.

Cleaning Venetians with Care

Aluminium and plastic venetians, for example, can be safely cleaned using warm water, a soft cloth and an all-purpose household cleaner. Taking the time to clean each slat individually will give the best results, with no patches of dust or grime left behind. A gentle touch is best to avoid damage, and when one side is cleaned, flip the blind to the other side and repeat.

Go Easy on the Water

Wooden venetians need a little more care, as using too much water as part of the cleaning process may cause the slats to warp. The first step is to tightly close the blinds, leaving no gaps and gently wipe over with a microfibre cloth to remove any traces of dust, then repeating the process on the other side. This may be all that is needed, but if not, wipe with a slightly wet sponge for a final clean.

We understand how important clean windows and blinds are to house-proud people. Keeping your blinds in excellent condition is what we do at Blind Concepts. We use ultrasonic cleaning methods to get your blinds spotless and because our process uses very little water and chemicals, it is also environmentally friendly.

Too Scared to Clean Your Roller Blinds?

Many householders are afraid to tackle roller blinds, especially plastic ones, in case they use too much force and tear them from the roller. Have no fear. Place a mild cleaner, even dishwashing liquid, in warm water and using a sponge, start at the bottom of the fully extended blind. Wipe across gently, gradually moving upward until the entire blind has been cleaned. Do both sides and leave them open to dry.

However, if you don’t have the time or energy for any of this, remember we are blind cleaning specialists. We will take your blinds back to our workshop, clean them and have them back to you in no time. Give us a call for a free quote.

Quality Repairs To Window Blinds Give Them A Second Life

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Property owners generally spend a lot of money on their window blinds, and although the quality can range from excellent to average, depending on the brand and the price, there are always situations where problems arise with the way the blinds operate. These problems may not present themselves for some years, and some happen with annoying frequency.

Blinds Will Eventually Need Repairs and Maintenance

The problems also vary depending on the style of the blinds, especially those that are popular with the general public. Venetian blinds made from timber, plastic, aluminium, wood-composite and other materials are still in demand, along with verticals, Roman, Holland, Oriental and other blinds. While all these styles will wear well for a time, eventually they will need repairs and maintenance.

Here at Blind Concepts, we specialise in the cleaning, repair and replacement of old and damaged interior blinds. Many of the problems that owners have with their blinds can be repaired, and our ultrasonic cleaning process can also restore them to their original condition, saving our clients the cost of new installations.

Cords and Tapes on Venetian Blinds can be replaced

Venetian blinds have a couple of recurring problems that need solutions. The tilt and turn wand and other mechanical parts can become damaged through constant use and the slats can break or warp. If the cords break or the tapes become shabby, replacement kits are available. The kits contain full instructions on how to remove and replace the cords or tapes. It is also the perfect opportunity to remove and replace broken or damaged slats.

Problems with Verticals either Simple or Complex – No In-between

Problems with vertical blinds are often simple issues such as the blades getting stuck backwards or becoming crooked; these are easily fixed by checking each blade individually and adjusting where necessary. Another simple fix is replacing the bottom link chains, which are easily damaged. However, sometimes the problems are more complex. Verticals have many parts, some of them quite small, so more difficult repairs are best left to experts.

Clumsy Repair Attempts on Roman Blinds Can Cause Further Damage

Over time, Roman blinds may wear at the pull cord, and the plastic ring used to manipulate the blinds will break. The repair requires the blind to be removed from the window and laid, fully extended, on a flat surface. The broken cords or rings are then removed and replaced. While this seems simple enough, again, this is a job for someone experienced as it is very easy to damage the blind further while attempting the repair.

These are just some examples of problems with blinds and suggested solutions. If you have any of these issues with your blinds and you don’t want to try the solutions yourself, contact our team of repair and replacement experts.

What Goes Into Making Your Window Treatments?

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There are all kinds of common items around us every day that we take for granted, so much so that we don’t really think too much about how these things are made or what goes into them. For example, just think about a simple everyday item such as a toothbrush. Now that we are considering this item, we realise that a toothbrush is made from plastic and nylon, but how often do we seriously given this any thought?

Common Items Can Have Complex Components

In fact, if you look around your home, just about everything falls into this category. Every window, for example, has some type of window treatment, and apart from choosing the style and colour, do you ever really think about the actual components that make up the type of blinds you have once they are up on the windows?

Blind Components are Similar throughout the Industry

Window blinds come in numerous styles, materials and colours but the components that are used in blind manufacture are very similar throughout the industry, although they may be used in different ways depending on the style of the blind. Very common components are brackets, which are used to attach blinds to the window frame. There are different types and sizes of brackets depending on the style of the blind they are attaching.

Chains are Common to Several Different Types of Blinds

Chains are another component used in both roller blinds and verticals. Roller blinds, as the name suggests, are made by attaching a length of plastic or material to a roller, which is drawn either up or down by a length of chain attached to the roller. Vertical blinds are more complex than roller blinds and require many more components. Among these are tilt mechanisms, wands and wand tips, bottom rail parts such as weights, control units and as mentioned, bottom chains that link the vertical slats together.

Multiple Components Used in Venetians

Venetian blinds consist of horizontal slats of timber, plastic or aluminium that stack at the top of the window. They also have lift cords to raise and lower the slats, along with cord locks, wands, cord mechanisms and other, smaller but no less important components.

If this is sounds confusing, don’t be concerned. We deal with this information day after day at Blind Concepts. We are always happy to answer questions from our clients, but if you need your blinds cleaned, refurbished or even replaced, you may not be interested in this level of detail. Most clients contact us for advice about the best solution to rejuvenate their blinds, and once we know the style, size and number of blinds they have, we give them free quotes for all our services.

New Or Refurbished Blinds – Which one is for you?

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How often in our busy lives do we walk past something in our dwelling that needs cleaning or even replacing without noticing it? Experts tell us that this is common behaviour simply because we become familiar with things that are around us all the time. This causes us to give them just cursory glances until we have reason to look more closely.

Often, the first time we notice the issue is when we are preparing our home for a party or some other social event. It is almost like we have suddenly looked through a magnifying glass and seen everything clearly. This usually sets off a frenzy of activity to rectify the situation.

Check behind the Curtains

Window blinds are often the most overlooked item, especially when they are hidden by curtains. Even when running the vacuum cleaner over the curtains to keep the dust at bay, how often do we stop to really examine the blinds behind them? If we did, we might see signs of wear that could be repaired to prolong their usefulness.

At Blind Concepts, extending the life of your blinds is the core of our business. Our clients save hundreds of dollars when they entrust their blinds to our cleaning and repair processes. Our ultrasonic cleaning technology removes built-up grime while our repair and replacement services restore the quality of your valuable blinds.

Are Your Blinds a Hazard?

There are some signs you should look for when checking to see if your blinds are at the replacement stage. Blinds not only should look good, but they must also be practical and suit your situation. If you now have very small children or pets living with you, blinds with cords that were no problem for adults are now a choking hazard.

Is there Irreparable Damage?

Over time, humidity, along with sun and water damage can cause the slats on timber Venetians to warp. While we can replace these slats as part of our service, there may come a time when so many are damaged that you may choose to replace the blinds with new ones.

Old Blinds Don’t Suit New Decor

If your blinds are very old, it may simply be a situation where they no longer suit the décor. Perhaps you have repainted the interior in modern colours, installed new floor coverings or replaced key furnishings and light fittings. This may leave the window blinds and curtains an unsuitable match for these major changes.

Before you make the final decision to replace your blinds, give us a call. Our repair personnel can examine your damaged blinds and possibly offer an alternative solution.

Cleaning Window Blinds With Chemicals Could Be An Expensive Mistake

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Window treatments such as those for blinds and curtains are not only expensive but are also a very public introduction to the homes and other buildings they adorn. In effect, the state of the windows in the premises you occupy, whether as an owner or a renter, is the first impression that a visitor forms when they arrive at your dwelling.

First Impressions Count

No doubt you would like that impression to be favourable, so if your window blinds are dirty, it may be time to break out the cleaning materials. Before you do though, take a moment to think about the type of cleaning materials you have, and what effect they are likely to have on your blinds. Depending on what they are made of, you may need to avoid chemical products to preserve the life of the blinds.

Take Care When Cleaning Timber Blinds

When cleaning timber blinds, remove the dust first either with a vacuum cleaner and the soft brush attachment, or wipe them with a clean, dry cloth. Any marks that are left can be rubbed gently with a clean damp cloth, remembering that excess moisture will cause the wood to swell. Avoid using liquids or chemicals as any varnishes, stains or other finishes on timber slats may fade and peel.

Need to Clean Roller Blind Mechanisms?

Roller blinds are the workhorse of window treatments and are perfect for rooms such as the kitchen and bedrooms. They are economical, easy to use and if they are made of plastic or PVC, easy to clean with standard household cleaners. However, if as part of your cleaning regime you need to clean the mechanism and if you are using a silicone spray, avoid getting this on the blind fabric. It could react to the chemicals in the spray and leave your blinds looking discoloured or bleached.

Soft Fabrics Make Roman Blinds Difficult to Clean

Roman blinds are more difficult to clean because generally, they are made from soft fabrics such as cotton or linen. Gentle dusting or vacuuming with a soft brush keeps dust at bay, but stains and marks are a different problem. Chemical stain removers should never be used on roman blinds as there is no way of knowing how this will affect the colour of the fabric.

Too Hard? Give us a Call

If all these do’s and don’ts seem daunting, the easy solution is to entrust the cleaning of your precious blinds to Blind Concepts. We clean verticals, Roman blinds, aluminium and timber Venetians, oriental and Holland blinds and others, using our ultrasonic cleaning process that is almost chemical-free. We take your blinds to our workshop, work our magic and return them, sparkling clean, to you within 24 hours, ready to rehang.

How To Keep Your Old Blinds Out Of Landfill

There is a growing awareness that dumping everything we don’t want into landfill is having a negative effect on our environment. Of course, much of the landfill content is genuine rubbish, but there is a significant part that is reusable. What is missing is the desire by most of us to think carefully before we discard items that, with a little effort, could be repurposed.

Blinds Need Repairing? Try Doing It Yourself

Window blinds are a good example of a product that responds well to a few simple repairs that can extend their useable life. Not only will these repairs have the blinds looking as good as new ones, but it will also save the householder the expense of buying new blinds. All it needs are some practical, do-it-yourself skills and a little imagination.

There are several different styles of blinds that lend themselves very well to being repaired, including verticals, Roman blinds, venetians made from a range of materials, Holland and oriental blinds. Venetians are still one of the most popular styles and the most common repairs needed are replacement of broken cords or frayed tapes.

Another Use for Old Venetian Blind Cords

It is possible to buy replacement cords and tapes in kit form, and these contain full installation instructions. This is also a great opportunity to replace any broken slats at the same time, and in the case of wooden blinds, to apply a new coat of wood stain. The blinds will look like new, and you could also roll up the old cord and keep it on hand for household tasks like tying plants to garden stakes.

Broken Chains on Verticals are a Breeze to Fix

Vertical blinds will last for years, but over time, the most common issue they have is that the bottom chain has broken. If this is not replaced, these great, practical window treatments look shabby and spoil the overall look of the whole room. The chain has clips on it that attach to the slats to keep all the blades in sync with each other. Simply buy a new length of chain and clips to replace the old ones.

Difficult Repairs – Call the Experts

Other blind repairs are more difficult and time consuming, so if you don’t want to tackle the job yourself, we are here to help. At Blind Concepts, we pick up your blinds and repair them in our workshop, then return them to you for rehanging. We do most common repairs, but if your blinds require an unusual repair, just let us know what the damage is, and we can work out a suitable solution for you.

If we all do our bit to keep recycling our window blinds for as long as possible, our planet’s natural resources will still be available for the use of generations to come.

Refurbishing Window Blinds Supports Sustainability

Our planet is having a rough time lately. There are fires in the Amazon, melting ice sheets are raising ocean levels, receding glaciers may deprive millions of people of reliable sources of fresh water and extreme weather events are becoming regular rather than rare occurrences.

Think Globally, Act Locally

As if that isn’t enough, even the deepest parts of the ocean now contain human-generated rubbish and plastic has recently been found in the formerly pristine Arctic. Ocean currents have consolidated our waste into large, moving islands of rubbish. As individuals, we must do more so we can reduce this waste.

Making a concerted effort to repurpose things instead of buying new all the time is a positive step we can all take. At Blind Concepts, we provide a service to our clients that allows them to do just that with their window blinds. We specialise in repairing damaged blinds and restoring them to their original condition.

Both the Common and the Unusual can be Repaired

Vertical blinds, Romans, timber, Holland blinds, oriental, aluminium and wood composite blinds can all be repaired. Blind slats, slat hangers, cords, wands and bottom chains are the most common parts of window blinds that need repair or replacement. Other repairs that are more unusual can also be done once we have assessed the item and the type of damage.

Magic Happens in our Workshop

Imagine how good your windows would look if your favourite blinds still looked like they did when they were first installed. This is the result you will get if you decide to use our services. Our repair team will pick the blinds up from your premises and take them to our workshop where they work their magic, then return them to you ready to hang.

Waste Not – Want Not

Think about all the different materials that go into making a set of blinds. Much of these materials are not directly affected by any damage or wear, so it does seem a wasteful indulgence to toss them out. There are metres of slats, chains and cords in venetian and vertical blinds, and metres of fabric in other different styles. Casting these materials aside to decay in landfill over months or even years does nothing to support sustainability.

Windows Like New While Helping the Planet

Buying new blinds is expensive and when the old blinds are thrown away, they usually end up in land fill, contributing to the waste of our depleting natural resources. Our effective blind repairs save money, and leave our clients with a positive experience, knowing that they have helped the planet while updating their windows with blinds that look like new.

Repurpose Your Blinds To Extend Their Usefulness

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Window blinds are essential to provide privacy, protect floor coverings and furnishings from harsh sunlight, and to allow the occupants to either invite in or block out the weather and the neighbours. The more windows there are to cover, the bigger the financial investment required to cover them, so when blinds start to look shabby, replacing them with new ones is often not an option.

Update, relocate or recycle

Depending on what style of blinds you have on your windows, if you are in this situation, you may be interested in how blinds can be recycled. Perhaps you want to update the look of some blinds so that they can be moved to a different room, and you may be able to refurbish some to stay where they are. There may even be a few blinds that are beyond redemption and rather than toss them into landfill, they could be recycled in a different way.

Whatever the need, here at Blind Concepts we offer a service that can address most of the issues our clients have with their blinds. We can clean, repair and replace a range of different types of blinds and our service even extends to creating new styles and colours for some types of blinds. We offer a same day service although more complex repairs may take longer.

Replace broken slats with different colours for a little pizazz

Do you have stained timber blinds in good condition except for a few slats here and there that are broken? The broken slats can be replaced but instead of opting for the same timber stain, add some pizazz by using different colours. Now the blinds have a feature point that draws the eye, complements the accessories in the room and invites comment.

Bland verticals can become interesting

Even though vertical blinds are not as popular as they used to be, that is no reason to throw them out if they are still serviceable. Again, by replacing several vertical drops in contrasting colours at strategic intervals, your bland verticals will be a study in recycling.

Lateral thinking, the key to recycling

The ultimate recycling challenge will come when your blinds are beyond saving. If you are disposing of slat blinds, take them apart and look for alternative uses for the cords and slats. Even if they end up as stakes and ties for your garden plants, they are still serving a purpose. Roller blinds can be dismantled, creating lengths of vinyl which can be used for shelf liners.

There is usually an alternative use for blind materials if you think laterally. That is what we do when we are called in by a client to look at their blinds to see what can be done to either clean or repair them.

Now Is The Perfect Time To Do Simple Repairs To Your Blinds

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Winter is the perfect time of the year to assess your interior décor before joining the flurry of activity that conscientious householders undertake to welcome Spring. Hours sitting inside gives you time to think about updating furnishings and accessories.

Repairs to Window Blinds Maximise their Value

An overlooked area in this annual exercise is the window treatments. While most householders include curtains in a spring clean, taking them down to wash or dry clean before rehanging, very often the window blinds get a cursory run over with a vacuum cleaner. Closer inspection, though, reveals needed repairs to get value out of these expensive items.

Are You Turning a Blind Eye?

Are you one of those householders who deal with a sticking roller blind or broken slat on a Venetian by ignoring the problem? Did you realise that if these issues were fixed and the blinds restored to their original shape and purpose, it would take very little expenditure if you do the repair yourself?

This is something we know a lot about here at Blind Concepts. A major part of our business is offering blind repairs and cleaning services to our clients, and we specialise in old and damaged interior blinds. The correct repair techniques restore the quality to these blinds and extend their useful life.

Common Roller Blind Issues

There are some window blind problems that are quite common and easy for a handy person to rectify. Roller blinds, for example, sometimes start tracking to one side instead of going up and down straight. There are several reasons for this, but the easiest one to check for is insects or other materials rolled up in the blind. Pull it down to its full extent and wipe over with a damp cloth. This will remove any foreign bodies, and as a bonus, the blind will be clean.

Broken Slats? An Easy Fix

Broken slats on a venetian blind, especially a timber one, look shabby and interfere with the flow of light and air. Take a pair of pliers and undo the plugs on the bottom blind slat. These hold the lift and tilt cords. Pull the lift cord gently through the centre of the slat up the row of blinds until the damaged slat is released. Remove it and slide the replacement slat into position, then feed the lift cord back through the centre; finish off by replacing the plugs.

If the amount of work required restoring your blinds to their original condition is too much for you, our service makes life easy. Once you accept our quote, we repair them at our workshop and return them for rehanging. It couldn’t be easier.

Do You Make These Mistakes When You Clean Your Blinds?

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Window blinds are a popular and fashionable way to protect your home and its furnishings. They offer versatility of style, options for the control of light and heat, and they are available in a range of materials and types to suit all budgets.

Simple Cleaning Mistakes to be Avoided

The simplest way to look after blinds is to take care when cleaning them. A simple mistake doing this basic task can spoil the appearance of your blinds, perhaps break some of the working mechanisms or in the worst case, render them unusable.

We know a lot about cleaning all types of blinds. In fact, Blind Concepts have been in the business of repairing and cleaning blinds for 20 years. We use an ultrasonic cleaning process that uses minimal amounts of chemicals and water, restoring older blinds to look like new.

Keep Water off Timber Blinds

One of the most common mistakes people make when cleaning timber blinds is using too much water. Unless they are a timber-look synthetic or have been made waterproof during manufacture, genuine timber blinds absorb water, thus causing them to warp or split when they dry out.

Don’t Close Slat Blinds Completely

It is surprising how often this mistake happens. With aluminium and vinyl slat blinds, people often just close them completely and wipe them over. The blinds look clean, but once they are opened, the parts of the slats that were hidden when closed are revealed, still with dust and grime on them.

Don’t Start with a Too Wet Cloth on Fabric Blinds

Roman and cellular or honeycomb blinds are very popular but look difficult to clean. Many householders make the mistake of trying to remove dust and stains by wiping over with a very wet cloth. Unfortunately, this can have the opposite effect by rubbing the dust into the fabric.

Don’t Start on Roller Blinds without a Plan

Roller blinds generally respond well to careful cleaning if you start with a plan. The most common mistake is to start on the worst stains first. If the blind is very dirty, it takes ages and many people just give up, instead of starting at the bottom and working upwards in sections. Dry them before rolling back up.

Remember to Vacuum all the Dust Away First

The number one mistake to make when cleaning your blinds is to not use your vacuum cleaner first. If you move the brush attachment gently over your blinds on a low suction it removes most of the dust. Any left-over stains can be easily removed with a damp (not wet) cloth and some mild dish-washing liquid.

For busy people without the time or desire to clean their own blinds, we will pick them up from your premises and return them to you within 24 hours, clean and ready to hang.