If you have kids or a naughty pet, you’re bound to end up with bent or jammed blinds at some stage. Not only does it look unsightly, but it also ruins any privacy or sun protection that you once had! But never fear, Harvey is here (yes, I talk about myself in the third person).
Fixing Bent Blinds
To fix bent blinds, start by removing them from the window frame. You can leave them up, but it’s definitely easier if the damaged slat is placed on a flat surface! From here, there are two methods to try.For Aluminium Venetians:
Smooth out the bend by applying heavy pressure to it. If the slats are curved, you may need to use a dowel to shape your blind back into place.For Vertical Blinds:
Remove all bent vertical blinds and four unbent panels, then fill a bathtub with hot water and submerge the bent blinds into water for two minutes. Then, remove the blinds from the water, sandwich them between the four straight panels and clamp together with clips as the panel cools for around 10 mins. Repeat this process until all of the panels are straight, just remember to dry all of the panels with soft cloth before reinstalling.
Fixing Jammed Verticals
Blinds not budging? Here’s how to fix the problem within minutes.
- Find the source of the jam and ensure slats are properly aligned in their individual clips.
- Make sure none of the slats are tucked behind one another, then add silicone spray into headrail and open/close your blinds repeatedly to distribute the silicone evenly.
Fixing Broken Timber Venetians
To improve the unsightly appearance of a cracked slat, simply replace it with one from the bottom!
- Use a flathead screwdriver to remove the plugs at the bottom of the blinds that cover the lift strings, pull the string through hole and untie the knot.
- Remove lift string, take out broken slat and insert your replacement slat.
- Re-thread the lift string by making sure you follow same course through the slats.
- Push the string back through the base and tie off each side, then secure the plugs with a hammer or rubber mallet.
Fixing Broken Lift Cord
Broken lift cords can be a huge pain, considering it means you can’t lift the blinds up! If this happens to you, all you need to do is replace the cord with a replacement string from your local hardware store. If the tilt cord is jammed, check the top of the head box that the cord has not jumped off the reel. Easy!