If you’ve ever lived in an apartment before, then you are familiar with vertical blinds. These are the large, plastic, vinyl, or composite material blinds that run vertically along a window or patio door. The blinds are cheap and often do not function, leaving one to wonder how to fix vertical blinds. Vertical blinds are the opposite of Venetian blinds as they consist of horizontal blinds that run from left to right along a window.
The individual vertical blinds are sometimes connected individually at the top of the door or window while other times these blinds have a fabric cable connection at the base. Wherever the connection is if you run into a problem with your vertical blinds it is important to know how to fix vertical blinds.
This way, whether you’re renting an apartment and want to make sure the vertical blinds are corrected before you move (so you don’t have money taken out of your security deposit), or you purchased the blinds yourself and you want to extend the life of the blinds as long as possible, make sure you know how to fix vertical blinds.
WHAT ARE VERTICAL BLINDS?
Vertical blinds are made up of vertical strips of equal size that run up and down in front of a window. These blinds can vary in size although wider blinds are usually placed in front of larger glass openings (such as a patio door) while thinner blinds are used in front of windows. Because you have several individual pieces, there is a greater potential for problems.
Thankfully, if you have broken blinds or if another problem occurs with the blinds, it is relatively easy to learn how to fix vertical blinds. Should the blinds become damaged enough, there isn’t a viable option for replacing and fixing the vertical blinds you can inexpensively replace the blinds (or parts of the blinds). This way, you can patch and replace parts of the blinds for as long as you want to maintain the look.
WHAT KIND OF PROBLEMS MAY OCCUR WITH VERTICAL BLINDS
Several issues may pop up when you have vertical blinds, so knowing how to fix vertical blinds will come in handy. The first is the vertical blind might become disconnected from its hinge at the top of the blind. There is a blind housing at the top that controls how the blinds are turned and allows the blinds to run along a covered rail which makes it possible to slide the blinds open and closed.
Often, when a blind comes free of the housing, it isn’t always because it fell off of its housing. Sometimes this is because the plastic strip on top of the blind broke off. When this happens, it is necessary to either patch the hole or to replace the entire blind.
Depending on the vertical blinds debris might collect above the blinds. This causes the blinds to not open correctly, fall off or prevents the blinds from opening and closing. To learn how to fix vertical blinds, it will be necessary to identify where the blockage is coming from. Once that happens, it is relatively easy to fix the blinds.
Last, sometimes the problem isn’t with the blind itself but instead with the carrier stem. This is a plastic arm that extends out from the top railing. It holds the individual vertical blinds in place and runs along the rail. Occasionally the stem itself might become damaged. This doesn’t happen as frequently, but the most common issue behind why a stem might become defective is if someone pulls down on the blind, causing the stem to twist and break.
WHY DO YOU NEED TO KNOW HOW TO FIX VERTICAL BLINDS?
You need to know how to fix vertical blinds if you own vertical blinds. Chances are when you live in a home that has vertical blinds (whether you purchased the blinds yourself or you live in an apartment that has these kinds of blinds) you will run into some problems.
While vertical blinds are easy to use and inexpensive to purchase, the cheaper material also opens the blinds up for problems. Unless you want to buy new vertical blinds every single time continually, it is damaged then you need to know how to fix vertical blinds.
HOW DO YOU FIX VERTICAL BLINDS PROPERLY?
The best way to fix vertical blinds depends on the issue causing the problem. As mentioned above there are several issues you’ll run into. Thankfully, nearly these problems can be corrected without too much of a problem.
BLINDS TWISTED THE WRONG WAY
This is the most common problem you will run into. It’s also the easiest problem you can fix. In fact, you won’t need any kind of special tools to fix this problem. All you need to do is find the blind that is turned the wrong way, grab it firmly but gently at the top (where it connects with its guide rail) and twist it independently to face the same direction as the other blinds. If you have children or dogs chances are, you’ll be running into this kind of problem frequently.
PATCHING HOLES ON THE BLINDS
Another common issue you’ll run into is having the top of the blind rip. When the top of the blind rips it will fall off of the housing at the top of the blinds. You must patch this up, otherwise, it will continually fall off. Because this is a common problem, you can purchase a hole patch repair kit from your local home improvement store. These patches have a circular end that is open and will fit around the hole in the blind.
The back side of the repair kit is sticky and will attach around the hole and give the extra blind support. If you have children and dogs who pull on the blinds, you might add this to all of your blinds even if it is not damaged. This just provides additional support and helps strengthen the connecting point of the blinds.
JAMM IN THE BLINDS
Sometimes there is a clog within the running rail of the blinds. When there is a clog, it prevents the blinds from opening and closing. Some blinds will become stuck while others are trying to run free. This is an easy fix; you need a can of compressed air and, potentially, some WD-40.
Use the compressed air along the tracks to spray out any of the dust or other debris that has become stuck. Once you have the debris out, you’ll want to add some additional lubricant to the track. This helps smoothen out how the blinds run along the track.
REMOVE AND REPLACE CARRIER STEM
When the problem is not with the blind itself, the problem is going to likely be with the carrier stem. If there is an issue with the carrier stem, you need to pick up replacement stems from your local home improvement store. Then, grab a pair of needle-nose pliers and grab hold of the damaged stem. Pull out on the stem to remove it from its housing. Do not yank hard though. Instead, use one hand to firmly hold the base of the stem and pull down firmly but slowly. When the current stem has been removed, insert the replacement stem.
Most stems are universal, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding a replacement stem at the home improvement store. However, if you want to make sure you’re purchasing the right replacement stems (and avoid a return trip back to the store) you can remove the stem first, then head out to the store. This way, you’ll have the damaged stem on hand, and you can pick out what you need.
REPLACE THE BLIND
From time to time you must just replace the entire vertical blind. This is not difficult. It’s exactly the same as installing a new blind. Purchase replacement blinds (you might purchase a few replacements blinds, or you must buy a new set of vertical blinds and keep the rest in storage should you need to replace blinds) and slide on the replacement blinds to correct the repair process.
Vertical blinds are a common piece of equipment that is used both by homeowners and by rental properties thanks to the inexpensive equipment and the ease of quickly installing the blinds. However, because the blinds are inexpensive, you are more likely to run into potential damage.
While owning vertical blinds, you’ll likely run into damage multiple times. You don’t need to go out and replace the vertical blinds every single time this happens though. In fact, as long as you know how to fix vertical blinds, you’ll be able to patch, repair, and correct any problem you might run into with the blinds.