What are Mini Blinds and Why Do You Need to Remove Them?
Mini blinds are a popular window treatment solution that has carved out a niche for themselves with their functionality and brilliant features. The term ‘mini’ comes from the small slat sizes which are narrower than the regular standard horizontal blinds. Sized at ½”, 1” and 1.5” the slats overlap with each creating a snug fit and offering brilliant light control and privacy. Adjusting the louvers allow homeowners to control the amount of light that streams into the room. Too much sunlight can be blinding and these blinds help to diffuse the light and fill your homes with a soft warm glow. Closing the blinds completely will ensure maximum privacy as well. Mostly made of aluminum, these blinds are moisture resistant making them a perfect choice for bathrooms and kitchens that experience high percentage of humidity. They are easy to clean and maintain and are available in a wide range of colors.
All blinds need to be cleaned and washed to keep them in the best of health and remove the layers of dust and stains that collect over a period of time. A good cleaning is all that is needed to get back into action. For this purpose, you need to remove the mini-blinds from the windows, get them thoroughly cleaned or have them replaced with some newer stuff.
Disclaimer: Please follow these 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.
How to Remove Mini Blinds from Brackets
1. Raise the mini blinds all the way up to the headrail. You will either need to push the blinds up or pull the cords to raise them depending upon the type of blinds you have. Keep the blinds up will prevent causing damage to them. The headrail is the vinyl or metal track located at the top of the blinds that fit into the mounting brackets.
2. While some blinds may be within reach other may not be and you need a ladder to reach the hardware. If the window is too high then you could ask someone to hold the ladder for you.
3. Some blinds have valance or cornice boards to conceal the headrail and the hardware. You need to remove these valances and cornice boards. Locate the buttons or clips near the bottom, press down the clips and then snap off the cover. Once the valances are off you will be able to see the headrail and the brackets.
4. You will come across raised cubes on either end of the headrail. There will be a bracket on each end of the blind and these brackets resemble small cubes. You will find them sticking out from the main support bar. Longer blinds have additional brackets that may be positioned along the centre of the headrail.
5. The brackets will be either hinged or sliding. For hinged brackets, there is a panel on the front and it snaps to the bottom of the bracket. Sliding brackets on the other hand are attached to the frontal part of the bracket. There will be a small raised shape to help you push it to the side. If your brackets move to the side your blinds have sliding brackets or else it is a hinged one.
6. You can remove the blind by yourself easily. However, if the blinds are long you may take the help of someone this will prevent damage caused to the blinds. Also, if you have larger blinds, remember that they can be heavy and you may need some assistance.
7. If there are center brackets then remove them first. Then you may move on to the side brackets.
8. To open hinged brackets you can use a screwdriver or do so with your hand. You will find small openings at the bottom of the bracket where the latter closes. Press up against the bottom of the bracket till you find the hinged panel spring free. If you are using a screwdriver slide it under the front panel, apply a little pressure which will help to free the panel.
9. If you have sliding brackets then push them to the side using pliers or with your hand till it pops out of the bracket completely. You may find it difficult to do so with your hand and you may take the help of pliers.
10. Once the brackets have been opened it is time to remove the blinds. Hold the blinds with both hands and then pull out toward you to release them from the brackets. You have successfully removed the mini blinds from the brackets. If you have removed the blinds for cleaning you may use masking tape on the headrail and mention where the blinds belong to prevent future confusion.
11. If you are removing the blinds for good then you need to remove the brackets as well. This can be done using a drilling machine to remove the screws to release the brackets. Put the screws and brackets away in a bag to prevent losing them.
It is easy to remove a mini blind from the brackets and following the steps above will make the job easier. Your blinds are now ready for cleaning or you can get them replaced with a new pair of shades.