WOULD YOU HAVE DIFFERENT BLINDS FOR DIFFERENT ROOMS?

There are so many different types of blinds available on today’s market that it can be confusing for consumers, especially those who are doing window treatments for their entire dwelling. Some people may be tempted to put the same blinds on all their windows, thinking it will be the easy way out.

Getting the Right Blind for Every Window is No Easy Task

This would be a mistake, however, as getting the right style of blinds depends on several factors. This includes the geographical aspect of the building, the location of the windows, and the use made of the rooms. Wet areas such as laundries and bathrooms, for example, are prone to develop mould, bedrooms need extra privacy and living areas should be both stylish and functional.

Bedrooms – Roller Blinds and Venetians Most Popular

For these reasons, there is not really any one style of blind that is exclusive to any particular room. Take roller blinds for instance. They are versatile, easy to maintain and available in a wide range of fabrics and colours. They are also budget-friendly which makes them an ideal choice for bedrooms. However, Venetians also suit bedrooms as, similar to roller blinds, they allow in light and air but can be closed to create privacy and block out glare and heat.

Authentic Timber Venetians Unsuitable for Bathrooms and Laundries

Venetians also come in timber, plastic, aluminium, faux wood, and other synthetics. Authentic timber venetians are unsuitable for wet areas as constant exposure to moisture may cause the slats to swell and warp. Other materials may be more forgiving, but manufacturers’ guidelines should be followed, including how to protect against and treat mould.

For Elegant Living Areas Choose Romans

Roman blinds are enjoying a resurgence of popularity and are now a favourite for living areas. Their horizontal panels of fabric create an elegant look regardless of whether they are raised or lowered. Modern fabrics offer block out and light filtering features in dozens of colours, patterns and textures. They also have low allergenic and fire-retardant fabrics for safety.

Verticals Perfect for Large Sliding Doors

Vertical blinds are still popular in business premises and some homes, especially over large patio windows, as well as sliding doors. The choice of fabrics and finishes are similar to Roman blinds, with the weights in the hems preventing the verticals from blowing around in the wind. They can be pulled to the left, right or centre depending on where the opening is situated.

Blinds are a major investment and keeping them clean and in good repair means they last for many years. At Blind Concepts we can help maintain your investment by offering our blind cleaning and repair service to clients. We use the latest technology to clean your blinds in our workshop, so you can hang them in whatever room they suit.

Cleaning Window Blinds – What Could Go Wrong?

Now is the perfect time of the year for a total household clean before the heat of a Queensland summer makes vigorous housework a sweaty and unpleasant prospect. The routine usually starts with decluttering, followed by dusting and cleaning every surface including furniture and fittings, hard floors, carpets, matting and windows.

Some mistakes are harder to fix than others

Of course, there is no point cleaning the windows without including the curtains and blinds. Cleaning window blinds is one of the least-favoured jobs as there are a number of things that can go wrong during the process. The task is complicated as different types of blinds need different cleaning methods and mistakes made may not be easy to fix.

Don’t forget to vacuum first

The first mistake is to assume that any surface dust will come off when the real cleaning starts. Not removing this dust just makes the job harder and can result in it becoming ingrained in the fabric. It is so much easier to vacuum the dust off first, leaving a smooth surface that will show up stains and marks that need extra cleaning attention.

Don’t mix cleaning products together

How many of us know what ingredients are in the cleaners we use, and in our ignorance, might think that combining two cleaners will give us a better result. White vinegar and bleach are both effective cleaners, but it would be a huge mistake to mix them together. This action produces chlorine gas which is dangerous.

Don’t dry off with paper towels

Paper towels are popular cleaning aids in most dwellings, and it is easy to have them on hand to blot dry the blind surfaces. However, this would also be a mistake. Cotton or microfibre cloths are more effective and they leave a clean, smooth surface, unlike paper towels that leave lint clinging to the blind. Some brands also have a rough surface that may damage the fabric.

Don’t close up roller blinds unless they are dry

A common mistake with roller blinds is to put a big effort into washing them clean, then not drying them before rolling them up. In a hot and humid climate, this is a perfect breeding ground for mildew. If this is not removed with a mould cleaner, not only will the blinds be damaged, but the spores can also cause health problems to the occupants.

Window blinds that have not been cleaned properly for some time may require more time and effort than you can spare. Our team at Blind Concepts will pick up the blinds from your premises and clean them at our workshop, using our environmentally responsible ultrasonic technology. Within 24 hours we return your cleaned blinds to you, ready for re-hanging. We are waiting for your call.

Cleaning Your Blinds Is No Easy Task

Most householders like to keep their living spaces clean and tidy using a regular cleaning regime that keeps the worst of the daily grunge at bay without becoming fanatical about it. After all, who wants to spend all their spare time cleaning when they could be enjoying fun times with family and friends?

Time for a deep clean?

This relaxed approach to housekeeping allows time to run the vacuum cleaner and dusting cloths over the window blinds, perhaps not weekly but monthly. Venetian blinds, verticals and even roller blinds will stay reasonably clean for some time, but eventually, the time will come when all the window treatments in your dwelling will need a complete deep clean.

Incorrect cleaning techniques may damage blinds

Not only is this a major commitment in time and effort, but if not done carefully, householders may damage their expensive and cherished blinds if the cleaning is not done with care. Some wooden slat blinds, for example, may warp if they are immersed in water for too long, especially if they are genuine timber. The quality of the result when cleaning fabric blinds will depend on the material used. Different fabrics need different techniques so the manufacturer’s instructions should always be followed.

Venetians and Romans need special care

Did you know that when vacuuming Venetian blinds, you should hold the blinds at the bottom with one hand while moving the vacuum across the slats? If you don’t, there is a risk that some of the slats may twist or warp. Dust can be vacuumed off Roman and cellular (honeycomb) blinds, but stains and grime are a different story. Heavy duty cleaning methods such as scrubbing can easily result in tears in the fabric, which will ruin the whole blind.

Verticals and roller blinds can easily be damaged

Vertical blinds should be dusted or wiped clean from the top down, as brushing or wiping upward can cause the slats to become unhooked from their mountings. Hold the blind during the process to prevent breakage of the bottom chain links. Roller blinds, especially in a kitchen, can quickly become spattered with oil and grease during cooking. If scrubbing is necessary to remove dirt and stains, take care not to scrub so hard that it removes the colour.

If this all seems too difficult, we offer an easier alternative. Here at Blind Concepts we perform blind cleaning and repair services on a wide variety of window blinds. Our ultrasonic cleaning technique is an effective and environmentally responsible process that removes deeply seated dirt. Our process is effective and gentle, leaving your blinds free from damage and looking like new.

Why Buying New Blinds May Not Be The Best Decision

If you have recently refurbished an existing home or apartment, you will have discovered that furnishings and window coverings can be expensive, especially if you are doing the entire dwelling all at once. Many householders with a limited budget search the second-hand shops for quality pieces of furniture or accessories to get the most out of their cash, but often, they replace the window blinds instead of repairing them.

Blinds Last for Years if Treated Well

There are good reasons for going down the repair path when it comes to window coverings. Unless blinds have been subjected to wilful damage or are completely worn, they are quite resilient. After all, they are out of the reach of foot traffic so, unlike furniture, they are not scratched and chipped by the wear and tear of family life. If they are cleaned regularly and any minor issues fixed immediately, they should last for years.

This has been our experience here at Blind Concepts ; in fact, it is the basis of the service we provide to our clients. We clean, repair, and replace various types of interior blinds including Roman and Holland blinds, verticals and Venetians, as well as aluminium and wood composites and others. We can restore blinds to their original condition and even create a new style for them with new colours or stains.

Cleaning and Repairing Works Wonders

Quality well-made blinds that have served their owners well for a number of years deserve another opportunity to shine. Sometimes, all they need is a thorough and professional cleaning to remove all traces of dirt and grime. Also, repairs such as replacing or resewing slats or replacing chains, cords or wands to a properly cleaned set of blinds can bring them back to their original condition.

Reducing Waste While Saving Money

We should all be aware of how individual actions impact on our fragile environment, so when householders takes down all the window blinds and despatch them to the local rubbish dump, they may not be making the most environmentally responsible decision. Not only do we, as a society, still thoughtlessly consign far too much recyclable material to landfill, but we are also not active enough in finding new uses for such material. This is another reason for thinking carefully before we simply throw away household items like window blinds.

You can save money while getting your blinds back to pristine condition and help preserve our precious environment by contacting us for a quote before making any decision. These are two excellent reasons for repairing your window blinds rather than spending extra cash buying new ones.

Plenty of Choices Available in Window Dressings

Simplicity continues to be the preferred interior design theme for both new builds and renovations. The emphasis is on a few large furniture pieces supported by small accent features to add colour and interest. This approach allows for plenty of options to update window dressings.

What to Choose – Blinds or Curtains?

This raises the issue of whether to use window blinds or curtains or perhaps even both. For some owners, it is simply a matter of personal taste, but for others, it offers the opportunity to use the positive aspects of both options to increase the comfort of the occupier.

Colour, Style and Comfort with Curtains

Modern curtains are a far cry from the dull, heavy dust-collectors of old. The choice of fabrics and colours is endless, and the lightweight options float with elegance on the breezes they allow through an open window. There are also fabrics available that reduce external noise and insulate the rooms against both heat and cold.

Blinds for the Budget Conscious

Today’s blinds are a quick and easy solution to light and privacy issues for any building. With respect to light control, blinds offer the option of covering all of the window at one time, or just a part of the window, depending on how they operate. They are often cheaper to install than curtains, are easy to maintain and are available in a wide range of styles and materials.

We are very familiar with the benefits and versatility of window blinds. Our company, Blind Concepts, will clean and repair your blinds and, if required, replace broken slats and other components. We take your blinds to our workshop, run them through our ultrasonic cleaning process and return them to you, ready to hang, within 24 hours.

Blinds Come in a Range of Styles

We notice, in the course of our work, that Venetian blinds in aluminium, timber or plastic are still popular and fit in well with modern décor. Roller blinds are the perfect, low-cost solution for utility rooms such as the kitchen, laundry and bathroom whilst Holland and Roman blinds add a touch of elegance to the formal areas of a dwelling.

Why Choose? Just Use Both

If you are in the process of installing new window treatments, you may like to consider using both blinds and curtains. Either option looks great alone but if you put them together you get double the wow factor. When paired together, you will have more options for light control and privacy. There is also more flexibility in styling. For example, to make a small window look bigger, fit the blind to the window size and extend the curtain on either side.

The final decision is up to the property owner, but either way, the windows will look great.

Give Your Blinds A Second Chance

Is it time for a redecorating project for your dwelling? Perhaps it’s an entire refit of the whole property or just a couple of rooms, but if you’ve been planning it for some time and investing your hard-earned savings, you will want the finished product to look spectacular. To achieve the best result, you should be careful about skimping on your window coverings.

New Blinds Lift a Room

Old, shabby and discoloured blinds will make any room look tired regardless of how bright, new and fashionable are other furnishings and accessories. Discarding them for new ones is one option that many people take, while at the same time looking for responsible ways to dispose of their old blinds.

Some Blinds can be Recycled

Depending on what materials the blinds are made from, they can be recycled. Pure untreated timber, pure plastic or metal such as aluminium are all suitable candidates for recycling. Check your local area for a recycler who accepts these items, making sure to remove the slats first as most recyclers will not accept the cords or rails.

Charities Accept Blinds in Good Condition

If the blinds are still in reasonable condition, but you just want a new look to go with the new décor, charities such as the Salvation Army will accept them as a donation. Just remember that the blinds need to be suitable to resell in their shops. Otherwise, the charities must spend funds meant to help others on disposing of things that should have gone straight to the dump.

Here at Blind Concepts, we have another solution that may have you rethinking your original decision. What if you could restore your old blinds so that they look new again? Our ultrasonic cleaning process removes dirt, stains, grease, bacteria and grime, and uses minimal quantities of chemicals and water. We also repair damaged blinds or replace single or multiple slats in different colours to give your blinds a thorough makeover.

Watch Out for Budget Overruns

Redecorating as we all know can be one of those projects that, if not closely managed, can quickly overrun a budget. It could be an unexpected price rise on a critical item or a sudden change of mind that adds dollars to the bottom line. The finished project may look fantastic but if the cost causes financial stress for months to come, it is worth looking at every option to cut costs.

We can help with your budget planning too. Contact us with all the details of your blinds. We will find the perfect solution and give you 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.

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.

Choosing Window Treatments Need Not Be Difficult

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Whether you are renovating an existing dwelling or furnishing a new home from scratch, your window treatments will have a major impact on the appearance and ambiance of every room. As well as how they look, your blinds and curtains protect your privacy and allow you to control both light and air. Getting the right mix can mean the difference between a drab dark living space and one that is inviting and changes with the climate.

The Best of Blinds

If you cannot decide between blinds or curtains, you may be pleased to know that you can have both in your home, depending on what you are trying to achieve. Blinds, for example, come in different styles and materials, don’t fade, are great for small rooms because they fit into the window recess and they are superb at controlling the light.

Curtains can be Cool

Curtains also have their good points. They are available in all kinds of styles, colours and fabrics, they can completely block out the light if need be, are generally machine-washable for easy cleaning and create visual interest as they respond to the movement of air. Just think about the calming effect a light, wispy curtain has on the psyche as it moves in the breeze.

Blinds are our specialty because here at Blind Concepts, we clean and repair window blinds, using our ultrasonic cleaning technology. This method gets into the nooks and crannies of all types of blinds, lifting out dust, dirt and grime and returning your blinds to you ready to hang. Our repair services include replacing broken slats and slat hangers, and replacing cords, chains and wands.

What Type of Room Is It?

The best advice we can give to the householder trying to choose the right window treatment is to consider things such as the room’s purpose, its aspect and of course, the budget allowed. For example, blinds are perfect for hard-working areas like the kitchen and bathroom, but if you have bedroom windows facing west, block-out curtains might be necessary in summer to keep out the heat.

The Best of Both Worlds – Why Not?

There is no reason why you cannot have both, of course. In formal areas, Venetian blinds that allow you to control light and air flow partnered with a stylish set of floor length curtains will add elegance and style to your lounge room. Choose curtains without pull cords for added safety in homes with young children or pets.

Whatever you choose, remember that you do not have to sacrifice privacy when choosing either blinds or curtains, or both. Take the time to research all the options and you really can have the best of both worlds.