How to Clean Venetian Blinds
How to Fix Window Shades
Window shades can be a problem for both apartment dwellers and homeowners. There are 3 types of shades: the one that snaps up completely, the one that is too loose to go up at all, and the one that falls out of its brackets or binds at its edges. Most shades can be adjusted easily to work correctly.
Brackets too close together can cause a shade to bind. This can be fixed if the brackets are attached to the wall or outside of the window frame. This method may also work for brackets that are mounted inside the window frame. If the shade does not come down, remove it. The roller will need to be removed from the wood.
The round pin and metal cap from the end of the round-pin roller should be removed. Next, sand down the roller’s end with medium-grade sandpaper. You may need to adjust bad binding shades. You can move one bracket slightly if the brackets are on the outside of your frame. You can fill the holes with wood plastic. Shades that are mounted inside brackets will need to be professionally cut to fit the frame.
Mounting brackets that are too close together can cause the opposite problem. Extreme cases may result in the shade falling when you attempt to use it. If brackets are outside the frame, you can tap them together gently with a hammer or move one bracket closer to the next. Adjust the space between the brackets if they are attached inside the frame. Cut a piece from thin cardboard that is slightly smaller than the bracket. Screw the bracket over the shim by unscrewing the bracket. Add one or more shims between the brackets if necessary.
The roller mechanism may be at fault if the shade doesn’t move up or down correctly. Shades are controlled by a coil spring at one end of the roller. This pin holds the shade high up on the roller’s end. The flat pin adjusts the spring to move the shade up and down. The spring is controlled at the flat-pin end by a pawl or ratchet, stopping the spring from moving when the shade is removed. The spring may be defective, or the pawl and ratchet mechanism may have a problem. This is usually not a problem unless the spring has been damaged.
The spring may be too loose if the shade doesn’t stay up. The shade should be pulled down just enough to turn the roller several times. If it is incredibly loose, you can pull it down only about halfway. The flat-pin end is freed from its bracket by lifting the shade off the roller. Next, roll the shade by hand. Keep it tightly rolled. Place the roller on the bracket again and place the shade. Repeat the process if it doesn’t hold up.
The spring may be too tight if the shade is difficult to pull down or snaps up. After the shade is rolled up, remove the flat-pin end from the bracket. Then roll the shade by hand two to three times. Test the operation of the bracket by replacing the roller. If necessary, adjust it.
The pawl and ratchet mechanism might need to be cleaned if the shade doesn’t stay put. The cap at the roller’s flat-pin end must be removed. Clean the mechanism using a soft cloth. Spray silicone lubricant on the mechanism. Reattach the shade and replace the cap.
Venetian blinds have a long life span and are preferred to shades. The next section will provide tips and tricks to ensure your Venetian blinds last a lifetime.