How To Make Your Window Coverings Last Even Longer
During the economic downturn these last couple of years, many people are trying to save money like never before.
One way they are doing this is by trying to ensure that the possessions they currently have last longer, rather than having to purchase new ones. Maybe you change the oil in your vehicle more regularly to ensure that it lasts longer without having to spend money on costly repairs or even a new vehicle.
Or, perhaps, you have added a Scotch-guard treatment to your carpet to guarantee those stubborn stains will come right out when mishaps occur.
Did you know that there are even tips for helping to make your blinds and shades last longer as well?
Having custom window coverings rather than doing it yourself will actually help your treatments to perform better and last longer, since they are properly fitted.
Having the correct measurements and proper installation is important to ensure that your blinds or shades last for a long time. Also, since many window coverings help to reduce energy costs, an improperly measured treatment can actually cost you money in the long run if it allows in heat or air.
The proper operation of your window coverings plays an important role in their lifespan. If you have Vertical Blinds, Wood Blinds, or Faux Wood Blinds, you have several things you can do to ensure the life of your window coverings.
When traversing your slats, also called vanes, to the side on your vertical blind or lifting and lowering your horizontal blinds, always make sure your slats are in the open position.
Trying to slide or lift the blind while in the closed position can put a strain on the mechanisms, causing unnecessary pressure to be placed on your controls and head rail.
Also, when closing your blinds for privacy, be careful to not try to close them excessively tight. By twisting the wand or pulling the cords too tightly, you are likely to eventually strip out your tilt mechanisms.
Lastly, check your vertical blinds from time to time to make sure that your cords are securely fastened to their pulleys and that none of your vanes are overlapping.
Below are a few of the easiest things you can do to help maintain your window coverings.
– Vacuum them with a handheld attachment or do a light dusting once a week. Open your slats in on direction and dust them. Then, place them in the reversed direction and repeat. Dusting your slats will not only help them to remain beautiful, but will also help to reduce harmful allergens.
– If you have harder to remove stains on your slats, wipe them down with a damp cloth. You can even use a mild, non-abrasive detergent.
– Just because you have one broken slat or broken string does not necessarily mean that it’s time for a new blind. Just give us a call. If it’s repairable, we can fix it for a fraction of the cost of a new one.
By following these easy steps, your window treatments are sure to endure even the busiest of households. Give us a call if you have any questions…we’re here to help!