Take Your Time When Choosing Your Window Dressings

If you make a mistake when choosing treatments for windows, it is far too expensive an error to make. Once they are up on the windows, the hapless householder must live with them, so taking time to educate themselves on the pros and cons of working through the array of choices saves money and ensures a happy result.

The Value of Research

What does the average homeowner need to know before they spend any of their decorating budget on windows? Quite a lot, especially if they are new to the world of blinds and curtains. Research at this stage is vital and the first step is to take stock of some basic information about the actual windows and their purpose in the overall liveability of the dwelling.

Not all Windows are the same

What type of windows does the dwelling have? Most likely they are not all the same size, shape or style. Some will protect the interior from summer heat but also insulate the occupants from the cold and rain. Others will be large picture windows with a view, but at the same time, need to provide privacy. The rest will be light and airy during the day but block out light at bedtime.

Not all Blinds are the same

Now look at the different types of blinds that are available. Take roller blinds as an example. From the old-fashioned hand raised rollers to classic chain drives and motorised models, this is starting with the basics. Move to the elegance of sheer curtains covering vertical blinds or slim, white aluminium Venetians. Think about what blinds are suitable for hard working areas such as the kitchen, bathrooms or laundry.

Time to Check the Information

With all this information now at your fingertips, it is time to look at fabrics and colours. There are hundreds of combinations to choose from in modern colours, patterns and textures. Check your preferences against the other colours in the home so that everything flows and blends, from the wall and floor colours across to the furnishings and accessories.

What Not to Do

After all this preliminary effort, do not skimp on quality. Buy the best the budget can handle as the elements are harsh on window treatments and quality will last far longer, as well as provide privacy and functionality. At the same time, be creative. Do not become locked into something staid and out of touch.

By now it must be obvious that there is no typical one size fits all, and this is something we see every day at Blind Concepts. Our clients entrust their tired and dusty window treatments to us, and we put our cleaning process to work. We bring them back to life, ready to hang back on their windows to sparkle and shine until the next time.

DIY Blind Cleaning or Experienced Professionals – Your Choice

There are many tasks that as householders, we all perform regularly, and some of them we look forward to as we test our skills at gourmet cooking, painting and gardening, to name a few. Cleaning our blinds is most likely not one of these tasks, so most of us avoid it for as long as possible. As a result, when we do start cleaning, it is hard work to remove the built-up dust and grime.

Ever Considered Using a Professional to Clean Your Blinds?

Many householders with busy lives think nothing of paying service providers to mow lawns, tidy gardens, wash windows, clean carpets and do other common household tasks. Why, then, when it comes to our blinds, do we immediately assume that the only way to get them clean is to do the job ourselves? Is it just that we have never previously considered having them professionally cleaned?

The Job is Bigger than What You Think

There are a few compelling arguments for doing just that. First, there is the magnitude of the task. The average four-bedroom home could have up to twenty windows as well as sliding doors. Various blind styles could include Venetians, roller blinds, verticals, Roman blinds and others in different materials and fabrics. This could take a householder not hours, but days.

If You DIY, Are you happy with the result?

Second, is that the effectiveness of the cleaning methods used and that the possibility of using the wrong cleaner could ruin the entire look of the blinds. For badly soiled blinds the usual combination of warm water and household detergent will get them partially clean but may not remove the grime embedded in tight spaces. To get a poor result after hours of hard work is neither cost-effective nor efficient.

At Blind Concepts , we offer a comprehensive professional cleaning service that uses the latest ultrasonic technology. This cleaning method is both environmentally responsible and gentle on blinds, as there is no hard scrubbing involved. Instead, high frequency sound waves create millions of tiny bubbles that gently remove all the dirt, grease and grime as well as the bacteria living there.

Think About Your Own Safety

A final important argument when comparing professional cleaning with do-it-yourself is your safety as the DIY householder. Considering variables such as your age, health and fitness levels as well as the suitability of the equipment you are using, such as a step ladder that has been in the garage for years, your task could be described as hazardous.

In a workplace, a risk assessment would be required for this job, the hazards assessed, and a safe system of work put in place to protect anyone required to clean the blinds. A professional cleaning service would already have this in place but a householder most likely would not. Now which option would you prefer?

Fabulous Fabrics Right on Trend For Blinds

For anyone currently building a new home or renovating an existing dwelling, the relief you feel once all the major components are in place will soon be replaced by the realisation that critical decisions are needed now regarding your window treatments. Getting this right will be the finishing touch that brings all your efforts together.

Window Treatment Options

Modern fabric blinds currently offer a huge range of colours and patterns in price ranges to suit every budget. They can be recessed into the window frame or face mounted, and old favourites like roller blinds can now compete favourably with Romans, Venetians, verticals and honeycomb blinds. Panel blinds should also be considered for large window spaces.

Fabric is a Versatile Choice

Fabric blinds are also versatile enough to control heat and light. By choosing options such as block out fabric for bedrooms, soft, light filtering fabrics that are perfect for living areas and sunscreen products that block out 95% of UV rays and provide daytime privacy, there is a fabric for every situation.

Easy Cleaning Methods

Keeping fabric blinds looking crisp and clean is no different from any of the other regular maintenance tasks that home occupiers do every week. Roman blinds, rollers and panel blinds can be kept crisp and clean by a regular vacuum. Take care, however, to use the brush attachment and put the cleaner on a low setting to avoid the possibility of stretching, or worse still, tearing the fabric. Honeycomb blinds respond best to a hair dryer on a cool setting blasting away any dust or dead insects trapped in the crevices.

Tricks and Tips

Another option is to give fabric blinds the onceover every couple of weeks with a lint roller. This is a quick way to pick up pet hair and cobwebs that are sometimes difficult to remove with a vacuum cleaner on the recommended low setting. Spots and small soiled areas are best treated carefully by spraying a cleaning solution onto a soft cloth, then gently rubbing the area, followed by rinsing off with a microfibre cloth dipped in clean water. Dry immediately by using an electric fan.

While these methods will keep your fabric blinds in good condition, the pace of modern life means that even with the best of intentions, regular maintenance may lapse for months or even years. When this happens, Blind Concepts is here to help. Our cleaning service uses the latest ultrasonic, environmentally responsible technology using minimal amounts of chemicals and water. We clean your blinds in our workshop and return them to you within 24 hours, ready to hang.

Verticals Versus Horizontals – Your Choice

Window blinds continue to be a popular and effective way of controlling the amount of light, heat and cold entering dwellings, and still offer a quick and easy way of ensuring privacy to building occupants. There are now many different types of blinds available in a wide range of materials to suit most window and door openings, so today’s consumers have plenty of options.

Modern Verticals Suitable for Every Room

In the past, it was usual for vertical blinds to be found in bedrooms and living areas in homes, and they were also a favourite in office buildings. They were not just used to cover windows but were a popular alternative to floor length curtains on large sliding doors. Modern verticals can now be found in hard-working areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and laundries.

Many Features and Shapes Available

Vertical blinds are perfect for covering large spaces of glass such as picture windows and patio doors. Available in UV and fade-resistant fabrics, modern verticals can also offer buyers the option of chainless blinds and weights that are sewn into the fabric, making them safer for pets and children. Some manufacturers also offer sloping verticals for angled or shaped windows.

Cleaning Options

The choice of materials will determine the cleaning regime needed to keep the verticals looking new. PVC verticals and other rigid fabrics are suitable for kitchens and laundries as they are water-resistant and easy to clean with a spray cleaner and a quick wipe down. High-quality fabrics are in demand for living areas and can be kept clean and dust-free with regular vacuuming.

We are in the business of helping clients keep their window blinds clean. Here at Blind Concepts , we also offer a repair service to restore the quality of damaged blinds. Our ultrasonic cleaning process gently removes ingrained dirt and grime, keeping your expensive blinds in good condition. Dirty, damaged or both, we can have them looking like new.

Horizontal Blinds Noted for Versatility

Horizontal blinds are popular because they are versatile, easy to operate and offer greater privacy protection than verticals. While genuine timber blinds are still in demand, the modern option is now faux timber due to its qualities of durability and tolerance for surface scratches, as well as resistance to moisture and cost effectiveness. Faux timber also comes in an array of colours, cordless options and decorative valances, which add to the luxury look.

Cleaning Options

While timber blinds are lighter than faux blinds and are therefore better suited to large spaces, faux blinds suit most windows and are easy to keep clean. Just wipe-over with a damp cloth or purchase specialised dusters that will clean several slats at a time.

The Humble Roller Blind Comes of Age

Once the poor relative of fancier blind styles such, as Romans, Hollands and Venetians, advancements in fabric choices and design improvements have created a new breed of roller blinds. In the past, they were relegated to bedrooms, but now they are suitable for most rooms in even the most stylish homes.

Night Shift Workers Love Blockout Blinds

Blockout roller blinds prevent light from entering the room when they are fully extended. In hot climates where rooms face west, they are excellent for keeping out the heat. They are also the best choice for night workers who struggle to get enough sleep through the day in bedrooms that are only partially darkened.

UV Rays Kept Out with Modern Fabrics

Modern roller blinds are available in materials containing sunscreen to keep out UV rays while letting in mood-enhancing light and retaining views to the outside. Double roller blinds have the added benefits of combining light and heat control with blockout, all in one, double layered blinds.

Here at Blind Concepts , we know a lot about blinds. Our one-stop service provides top quality cleaning and repair services at reasonable prices. We use an ultrasonic cleaning process that removes dirt, grime, stains, and bacteria. We take your blinds to our workshop, clean and repair them, where necessary, and return them to you ready to hang.

Cleaning Methods for Roller Blinds

The average householder, with a little effort, can keep roller blinds clean. For newly installed or recently cleaned blinds, regular maintenance is the secret. With the blind fully extended, vacuum from top to bottom and wipe over with a damp cloth to remove any remaining material or stains.

If a deep clean is required, take the blind down and soak in a bathtub of water and laundry detergent. Rinse with clean water, wipe over with a non-abrasive cloth, then remove from the tub and hang out to dry. Once the blind is completely dry, rehang in its usual position.

Wide Choice of Materials Offer Durability

Modern materials have increased the durability of roller blinds. For wet areas such as bathrooms and laundries, blinds made from mould and bacteria-resistant material, are available. Other materials that are fire retardant, non-flammable, resistant to dust, staining and fading from UV rays, are also available.

Repair Methods

The mechanisms, chains and cords on roller blinds can become damaged with wear and rough treatment, but those who are handy with basic tools can do repairs themselves. An internet search will provide full instructions, as well as parts lists where required.

If this still seems too difficult, contact us and let our experienced team bring your precious blinds back to ‘as new’ condition.

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.

What You Can Do To Keep Your Window Blinds Safe

Have you ever scanned the front of your home only to recognise that your window blinds are letting down the rest of the façade? So, what happened to these blinds that looked so smart and pristine when they were new? It turns out that most blinds are damaged by just a few common occurrences.

Too much Sunshine is Brutal for Window Blinds

Here in Australia the biggest culprit is sun damage. It is obvious really, since the main reason we cover our windows with blinds is to protect our interiors from unwanted sunlight and ultraviolet rays. Sun damage presents itself as faded, discoloured and weakened blind material, resulting in cracks, splits and tears.

Sun damage is hard to prevent because our windows are exposed 24/7. However, there are fade-resistant materials available that block out up to 95 per cent of ultraviolet rays. Not only will the use of these materials extend the life of your blinds, but they will also keep the interior cooler than standard materials.

Mould and Mildew Thrive in High Humidity

Mould and mildew are prime candidates for causing damage to blinds in wet areas such as bathrooms and other locations with high humidity levels. It is easy to overlook mould on blinds where they are obscured by heavy curtains. Undetected, it spreads quickly on plastic or wooden blinds and other porous surfaces, damaging their structural integrity.

If the damage is not too severe, the blinds can be cleaned then sealed to prevent a recurrence. Replacement blinds should be made of materials such as a combination of PVC and polyester, then checked and cleaned regularly.

Four-Legged Chaos

There is nothing like dogs or cats for providing companionship and unconditional love to their owners. However, until they are trained, your adorable puppy or kitten may use the cords and pull chains on the side of your blinds as playthings. Cats also like to climb and scratch their claws on surfaces such as window coverings. Vigorous playing sessions have been known to leave curtains and blinds in broken and shredded piles on the floor

Prevention in the form of quality, consistent training, and lots of active time outdoors when you are home could prevent damaging your window blinds. Distracting toys like scratching posts for cats and chew toys for dogs will keep them occupied while you are out.

If this information comes too late to save your window treatments, our repair process at Blind Concepts restores the quality of damaged blinds. We replace slats and slat hangers, resew slats and replace chains, cords or wands. We also have a cleaning service that restores the quality of blinds that need deep cleaning.

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.