Blinds are the most versatile window treatment out there. Their smart and sleek appearance adds clear, well-defined lines to the room. Other than looks, blinds also come with multi-functional benefits. Blinds are a simple solution to a lot of problems. It allows you to control the flow of light into the room. With blinds, you can also enhance heat insulation, noise-cancellation and security features of your room. As more research is undertaken in the field of window treatments, common blinds are undergoing massive transformation, with new features getting added to them frequently. As a result, many different variations are gaining popularity among consumers. However, with advanced features come complicated operation procedures. Even with simple mechanisms, blinds can be easily damaged by rough handling. Most common operational issues are associated with the lowering of blinds. To avoid damage, it is very important that blinds are lowered properly. Let’s look at how different types of blinds require different handling procedures.
Blinds with Single-Strings
Do you have blinds with a single string? Then it must be controlled with a locking system. It is very easy to lower blinds with single-strings. To lower the blind, unlock the string first by moving it to the left. The blind will start to lower. Keep the pressure on the string to make sure that the blind does not tumble down. At any point, you wish to lock it, just move the cord to the right. The blind will lock in place.
Blinds with Continuous Cord Loop
In blinds with a continuous cord, the cord forms a continuous loop, that rolls around the headrail to operate the blind. To lower the blind, just pull the cord down and to open the blinds, pull the cord in the opposite direction.
If you have selected a top-down-bottom-up blind for your window, it probably has two strings. The specialty of these blinds is that they allow you different controls for the top and bottom part of the blind. With this feature, you will be able to flood your room with light, all the while maintaining the privacy of your room.
If you pull the string on the right, you will be able to open and close the bottom part of the blind. Similarly, if you pull on the left string, you will be able to control the top part of the blind. These blinds also come with cord locks. Just like single-string blinds, pulling the cords to the left will lock them, and pulling the cord to the right will bring the blinds down.
Cordless Blinds with Rails
Cordless blinds are one of the most common blind variations that are gaining traction with the consumers. Cordless blinds are popular for their safety features and lack of tangling wires.
Operating cordless blinds is quite easy. All you need to do is gently pull down the rails to close it. Similarly, to open the blinds, you need to gently lift the rail upward. A gentle tug is all you need. You will find the rail at the base of the slats. If the blinds were installed at the bottom of the window, the rails will be at the top of the slats. Make sure to operate the shade with both hands, or at the center of the rail to avoid the material tugging too hard on one side.
Lowering the Slats with a Wand
Sometimes blinds come with a cord that is used to open and close the slats. You can also use the wand to adjust the angle of the slats. Just roll the wand from left to right to move the slats up and down.
Roller blinds are operated with chains. Pull the chain down the lower the blind.
While operating roller blinds, make sure that the chain does not rub against the fabric. This will damage the fabric. Also, don’t lower the blind to the point when the clear ball on the chain hits the control unit, as it will break the control unit.
If you long for a more hands-off approach, go for remote control blinds. These blinds come with motors that can be controlled with remotes. Most of the motorized blinds operate with the help of Z-wave technology. With no dangling strings, remote control blinds are easier to use than corded blinds. These can be a blessing for those large and hard-to-reach windows. With just a click of a remote-control button, you will be able to control tilt of slats to anywhere within the range of 0%-100%.
For greater control, you can sync your blinds with your tablet or smartphone and control them through your home automation hub. Smart blinds give you the flexibility to the program your blinds to open and shut automatically. Harness the best of modern smart technologies to control your blinds without even getting up from your chair.
It should be a child’s play to operate motorized blinds. Your remote buttons should have clear directions on them to open and close the blinds. Similarly, smart devices will have apps that will allow you to lower your blinds with just a swipe of your fingers.
Other than blind specific instructions, there are some general best practices you should follow to avoid damaging your blinds.
If you need to open or shut a door or window with binds on it, make sure that the blind is open. Never try to open or close a window, by putting your hands through the vanes. Also, make sure that the slats are open when you are lowering or raising your blinds.
If handled correctly, blinds can last for a long time. Like any other mechanical device, gentle and careful handling practices can prolong their lifespan to a great extent. Most blind damages caused due to rough handling are not covered by insurance. So, replacing a blind can be a really costly affair, especially if you need to replace more than one blind to maintain the aesthetics of the room. Handle with gentle care and these blinds will provide comfort and protection to your room for a long time.