When it comes to house interior décor, we all know that change is inescapable. At times, the walls of a specific room require a new color or a fresh coat of paint that matches with the new carpet or furniture. Painting the walls inside your house is surely a time-consuming task. However, time can be saved if preparations are done correctly. This typically consists of removing furniture, laying down floor coverings, and taping trims and outlets. When it is time to paint, you have to ensure that all necessary precautions regarding your blinds are taken into consideration, to avoid them from getting stained or damaged during the process of painting.
An excellent way of protecting your window blinds during wall painting is to entirely take them down and place them in the other room until the painting is finished and has dried completely. While taking off the blinds might need some additional effort, it is surely worth it. In certain cases, you don’t have to entirely uninstall all parts of the blinds.
How To Uninstall Blinds Before Wall Painting?
Taking off the blinds is a simple Do-It-Yourself task that ensures no paint will get in them. It will add time to your preparations, but will offset that loss as you will be assured that your blinds will be damaged-free during the painting process.
- Opening Of Blinds All the Way
Initially, you will have to open the window blinds all the way to avoid them from getting damaged while removing them. To do this, have the blinds as high as they can go and held against the upper cover and the metal bar at the window top.
- Removing The Top Cover
For accessing the brackets which secure the blinds in position, take off the cover present at the peak of the blinds. This is the broader piece of plastic that passes across the peak of the blinds. In case you don’t find a cover that conceals the metal piece present at the peak of the blinds, you can directly go to the third step. If a valance is present, pop it open carefully and it should then be pulled away from the brackets. Make sure to pull or push gently as this cover can be delicate and excessive pressure can make it break into several small pieces. Certain covers are secured in position by many metal clips that can be popped off using a flat head screwdriver.
- Locating the Brackets
Blinds come in several categories. So, there are several methods in which they can be installed on the wall or the the window top. Spare a moment to observe the top of the blinds closely for locating the brackets that are securing them in position. At times, these might be metal pieces running in front of the blinds, one of them on the far left side of the blinds while the second one on the far right side. These are extremely easy to spot as they secure the window blinds and latch around the front. Also, the brackets might be present above the blinds in the little space present between the peak of the window and the blinds, fixed to the wall.
- Loosen the Blinds
Using a flat head screwdriver, open the brackets or clips securing the window blinds in position. Ensure to hold the blinds firmly while doing this, just in case they quickly loosen and fall towards you. Traditionally, you should be able to pop open the clips or brackets using the screwdriver without letting the blinds fall. These clips just secure the blinds in position.
- Pulling The Blinds Away From The Window
After popping open the clips or brackets, you just have to grab the blind’s top with your hands, one at each end. Holding the blinds evenly, pull them out towards the center of the space and away from your window. The blinds have to be removed easily from your window. If they aren’t, then check the window peak once again for extra clips or brackets that you might have missed in the first place. The majority of these brackets or clips can be unhooked using a screwdriver.
- Removal Of Hooks
Now, the mounting brackets and hooks can be checked to have a look at how they had been mounted. Most of the hooks and brackets are fixed using screws which can be easily removed using a flat head screwdriver. After you have got rid of the remaining hardware, the holes should be patched using wall putty. If required, paint can be applied over the holes and your windows can be decorated as per your desire.
In A Nutshell
As they are highly operational, appear great, and add privacy, window blinds are one of the most sought-after window treatments. The presence of blinds on the windows also develops an additional insulation layer that avoids the harmful UV rays and additional heat from entering the house. Despite these advantages, there might be some situations like painting the interior walls of the house where you are left with no option but to take off the window blinds. Irrespective of which type of blinds you have in your house, whether it is vertical blinds or roller shades, you can follow the step-by-step guide given above to uninstall the blinds safely from the windows.
Disclaimer: Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damages caused through following DIY methods. Since all blinds and shades are different, we always recommend checking with your blinds 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.