Blinds are a versatile and highly useful addition to any household. No wonder these window treatments are so popular all around the world. Whether you want to protect the interiors of your house from the scorching heat of the sun, glare and prying eyes of the onlookers or you want to prevent UV exposure, blinds always come in handy. The blinds help reduce the burden on your Air-conditioner and thermostat in order to maintain a comfortable environment inside the house. Blinds also improve the home décor and accentuate the windows beautifully.
With so many useful benefits, a plethora of designs, numerous color options, and an affordable price point, it is not difficult to ascertain why blinds have been around for so long and have only gained in popularity over the years. However, blinds are preferred not only for their features but also because of the comfort factor associated with them. Blinds are very easy to operate, clean, and maintain. This can matter a lot, since the blinds, much like any other window covering option, last for a fairly long time.
Window treatments are a long-term investment and blinds are no exception with many brands even offering lifetime warranties which usually cover for around 25 years. Here the ease of operation and maintenance comes in handy. You can easily keep the blinds in good shape and working smoothly without having to put too much effort into maintaining them.
Why Knowing How to Take Off Blinds is Important
While blinds don’t need to be removed from the windows frequently, there may be situations when taking them off will be required. Things such as painting the windows or the wall around the window, repairing the windows, or even getting new windows installed are some of the scenarios when you will have to take off the blinds. Even in cases when your blinds are not working properly and you need to take a closer look, you want to shorten them or when you want to do maintenance on the blinds, you will have to remove the blinds from the windows.
How to Take Off Blinds in a Few Easy Steps
You can either ask a local technician to do it for you or you can do it yourself. While the former option will cost you money, the latter will need just a few simple tools and a little bit of your time to get the job done. Knowing how to take off the blinds can be a highly useful skill to have and the best part is that it is very simple and can be done in a few simple steps. Let us look at them in greater detail:
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.
• Step1: The first thing you need to do is to retract the curtains up, all the way to their casing at the top. Doing this will make it convenient to bring the blinds down securely with no loose blind slats hanging down.
• Step 2: If you have valances or any other kind of decoration on the windows, you need to detach them from the window frame and store them away. You can put them back on later. Removing the valances or similar décor elements will ensure that blinds are taken off more easily and smoothly. This will also prevent any damage to the valances or the blinds in the process of removing the blinds.
• Step 3: With the valances removed, you will have easy access to the headrails and the mounting brackets. Now you need to look for clips on both the ends of the blinds’ face. These clips keep the ends of the headrails firmly in position inside the sockets on the mounting brackets. You need to remove these clips. You can use a flat-head screwdriver or a five-in-one tool to rotate both the clips out and up. Store the clips securely so that you don’t misplace them. You will need them in case you plan on putting the blinds back on.
• Step 4: Now slide out the blinds along with the headrail. Be careful not to scratch the wall or area around the window while at it. If you are worried that you may damage the wall in the process, you can cover the surfaces near the blinds to prevent that. After removing them from the mounting brackets, lay the blinds on a flat surface. This will ensure that blinds don’t get damaged on misaligned.
• Step 5: If you are removing the blinds to repair or replace the windows, you will also need to remove the mounting brackets and the handle which is used to open and close the blinds. You can unscrew the screws holding the brackets in place using a screwdriver. You can reinstall them when you want to put the blinds back on.
That is all. You have successfully taken the blinds off. You just need a few easily available household tools and have to follow some simple steps and you will be done with it before you even realize. You can save up on the time and effort you would otherwise waste on seeking the services of a technician. Removing the blinds yourself is not only a quicker solution but also cost-effective as you don’t have to pay anyone else to do it for you.