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How to Fix Cellular Shades that Won’t Work

How to Fix Cellular Shades that Won’t Work

What Are Cellular Shades?

Cellular shades are window treatments that are similar to any other treatment of windows, but differ largely by design and slightly by function. They are also known as honeycomb shades. While they perform functions similar to any other window treatments (filtering sunlight, blocking sunlight, privacy and absorption of sound), they specialise in insulation. The shades are made up of cells which are in the shape of a honeycomb (which is why the shades get these two names). These cells trap the air and form a buffer between the surface of the window and the rest of the room. This makes cellular shades extremely desirable for their ability to regulate temperature. They can keep the heat from escaping the room during winter and keep warm air from entering the room during the summers.

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How to Repair the Damage That Takes Place to the Surface of Cellular Shades?

Unlike many of its counterparts, which are made of harder materials, cellular shades are fashioned from cloth or paper type material. Materials such as lace or polyester are common components of cellular shades. This means, that despite the usefulness of these shades, they, unlike any other window treatment, is susceptible to wear and tear. The fabric of the shades can sometimes face a small rip or tear.

This does not mean that they should be discarded. With a few simple steps, you can repair the tears on your cellular shade at home with ease and lengthen the life of the shade –

Disclaimer: Please follow the below instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damaged caused through following DIY methods. Since all blinds and shades are different, we always recommend checking with your blind manufacturer or retailer first before making any modifications to your blinds. As well, if you are uncomfortable on your own, look for the help of a professional.

  • Keep the shades in a suspended position and make sure it is extended fully. Now that it is stretched out, the surface can be vacuumed to get rid of the dust as much as possible.
  • Using a utility knife, carve a piece of rigid clear plastic tubing. The length of the tubing must be 4 inches longer than the breadth of the shade. The diameter of the tube must be voluminous enough to occupy the cell. The entire purpose of this is to support the affected area (where the tear has occurred) and to ensure that the tear does not spread to the rest of the cell.
  • The tubing must be inserted into the cell that was torn.
  • Using a tiny paint brush, or a Q-tip, apply some clear-drying fabric glue to one edge of the rip. It is important to use only as much glue as necessary. Any excess glue will seep through and stick to the rod.
  • Now, push the glue across the tear. It is extremely pertinent to be extremely delicate with your hands while doing this. Remember not to use giant strokes and apply a lot of pressure. What you should be doing is understood as ‘feathering’.
  • Another reminder: Use only stroke at a time, lift the brush or Q-tip off after each stroke. Start from the opposite side of the tear to the opposite side.
  • The next step is to figure out how dry the glue has become. This can be done by touching the glue with your finger. If it is no longer wet, but is at the same time, not fully set, it is ideal for the next few steps.
  • Now, the plastic tube must be rotated in the same direction as the brush strokes. (if you used the paint brush to stroke from the bottom to the top of the cell, then the tube must be rotated in that direction.)
  • Wait for the glue to dry completely. In order to make sure that the plastic pipe does not stick to the backside of the rip, rotate the pipe for some time.
  • Once the glue has dried, dab some glue on the other side of the tear and adjust it with the opposing side.
  • Follow the previous steps for the other side, as you did with the first side.
  • Now hang the shades and test their strength.

How Do I Repair My Cellular Shades If They Hang In An Uneven Fashion?

This usually happens if you have cords. You might not encounter this problem if you do have cordless cellular shades. If the lift cords are uneven, so are the shades. The best way to overcome this problem is to even out the lift cords to make sure they have similar tension.

If, instead of multiple cords, you have a continuous loop cord, the solution to your problem is somewhat different. Continuous look cords have ‘c’ clips. You can identify them by noticing them being attached to a rod that runs across the head rails. If you correct and align their position such that they are even to each other, they will hang evenly.

How Do I Rectify the Frayed Cord Loops on My Cellular Shades?

This one is simple. Start by removing the control end cap of the shades. This can be done by lifting the tab that is present on top of the headrail. Once the cap is lifted off, use a screwdriver to allow yourself to detach the frayed cord loop easily. Place the cord back into the grit of the gear and rotate it. Put the control cap on and check if it works. If the loops are still frayed, repeat the process until you get it right.

What do I do If My Cordless Cellular Shades Start Sagging?

You will have to redistribute the tension amongst the shades to stop the sagging. Doing this is not hard. First, pull down the bottom rail of the shades. Once you finish this, start tugging at the shades. This step redistributes the tension amongst the blinds. Now set the blinds again. If the sagging persists, repeat this process until they set firmly.

How Can I Get My Cordless Cellular Shades to Lift Again?

The problem with cordless cellular shades not lifting is because the spring has not been used in a very long time. This usually happens when the blinds are closed for long periods of time. What you need to do is jolt your spring back into its form. For this, the rail must be pulled down till the spring starts lifting again.

A way to stop this from happening is open the blinds for a few minutes every day even though it is meant to be closed. This is to keep the string moving on occasion so that this problem from manifesting.

Cellular shades are very useful for heat insulation and regulation of temperature. This makes them highly recommended among window treatments. The fact that they can be fixed at home as a simple DIY project makes it even more durable and long lasting. In fact, fixing these blinds at home can even be a bit therapeutic.