A Guideline to Straightening Out Vertical Window Blinds
Vertical blinds are the perfect addition to any home and an amazing choice when it comes to covering your large windows or sliding glass doors. They help to add diversity and visual appeal to your home space. These blinds are made of individual panels or louvers that are clipped to the headrail track. The blinds are accessible using a wand control or chain system that tilt and turn the panels efficiently, easy to slide open and close. The incredible features of these versatile blinds prevent the excess sunlight coming through the windows while maintaining the indoor privacy level. They are available in a variety of fabrics, materials, designs and colors to suit every décor type while complementing your home style wonderfully.
Like the other window treatments, your vertical blinds can damage over time due to some accidental reasons, operational mistakes or because of your pets. In other words, your blinds could become bent or out of shape. This will not only make your blinds look unattractive, but it will also impact their functionality. Now, the question is how to straighten out vertical blinds? Well, the word ‘Straighten Out’ might sound good but this can be a daunting task for many homeowners. That’s why we are here to help you out. Following a set of simple instructions will make your job easier and will help the blinds to hang straight again while enhancing their aesthetical and functional values. So, learn the ways of repairing a bent window blind before you get started and enjoy maximum benefits!
Fixing Bent Vertical Window Blinds
• Step 1: Remove the bent blind slats from the window along with the straightened and undamaged one. Spread the clips on a clean surface holding the slats carefully to avoid breaking them.
• Step 2: Fill a bathtub with hot water, and then insert the bent portion of a slat into the water and hold it for at least two minutes. Make sure to put rubber gloves to prevent burning your hand.
• Step 3: Now, remove the slat from the water and keep it between the straight vertical blind panels.
• Step 4: Place spring-loaded clamps up and down the length of the stack and press together. Make sure to line up the slats properly for the best results.
• Step 5: After cooling them, remove the clamps. Repeat the same process of heating the bent slats, pressing, and cooling down the blinds for all the damaged or bent slats. Make sure the water you are using for the task is warm until the process ends.
• Step 6: Dry all the panels using a soft cloth before you mount them on the windows. After installation, open or close them to check whether they are working properly.
Things You Should Keep in Mind
• Don’t try to straighten the vertical blinds using your hand or else you will end up with creating additional bends that will be more difficult to fix.
• Don’t use hair dryer or steamers to heat and unbend your blinds. The best way to straighten out your blinds is hot water. Using hair dryers will damage your blinds irreparably.
• Before trying this, make sure you check with your manufacturer or blinds retailer to see if this method would damage the material or if the material isn’t water submersible!
Following the above steps will help you to straighten out your vertical blinds effortlessly. But if you see the slats are more likely to be damaged or bent, replace them with the new slats. This way your blinds will stay in good condition for a long time. Vertical blinds are made of different fabric materials and it’s important to know what type of blind you have before you start working because some instructions won’t work for certain types of blinds. So, it’s better to look for the help of a professional to protect your blind from further damage!
Disclaimer: Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damage caused by 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.