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How to fix vertical blinds

How to fix vertical blinds

Most window blinds are known to last a long time and don't need much care other than a good cleaning every now and then. Still, your blinds might not always work smoothly.

 Most common problems with these blinds can be fixed quickly and often don't even need tools. you don't have to fight with your blinds every time you open or close them. You can fix them and get back to having vertical blinds that work as smoothly as butter.

They are easy to use and make great window coverings for your patio doors because these blinds are simple and easy to use. But with each passing time, your vertical blinds might stop working the way you want them. Though, the good news is most problems with vertical blinds are very easy to fix.

Whether you have uneven blinds, one slat that doesn't twist or turn right, or a broken slat, after walking through this article, you will be able to fix your broken vertical blinds and stop having to find workarounds. 

Understanding Vertical Blind Parts

Before you can learn how to fix vertical blinds, you need to know what the parts are so you can understand the directions for each type of repair.

Panels or Slats: Vertical blinds are comprised of Panels that hang up and down. These panels, called slats, can open and close and move from side to side. Most slat blades are 3 1/2 inches wide and are made of vinyl, PVC, aluminium, or wood. 

Box Brackets: These are the metal pieces that hold the top of the blind (or the top rail) to the wall.

Top Rail: This is the part of your blinds that sits on top of the slats. Your vertical blinds' slats hang from under the top rail.

Tilt Chain, Tilt Chord, or Tilt Wand: Your vertical blinds will come with a way to change how they tilt or slant, which lets you block or let in light. Most vertical blinds can be moved by a chain, a cord, or a wand.

Carrier: The small piece of hardware that moves your slats along the track in the top rail.

Stem: The even smaller piece that hangs down from the carrier and hooks into the top of your slats.

Now that you know what these parts are called, you can use this list to help you find the parts that are mentioned below. If your blinds need fixing, it could be a number of different things. 


How to fix your vertical blinds

To help you, we've broken it down into easy-to-follow sections:

1. Replacing a Slat

Vertical slats are often the first parts of vertical blinds to break, in part because they have to be moved so often. By following these steps, it's easy to change these out.

Lift the broken slat up so it can be taken off its hook on the carrier.

To open the carrier, bend it out, and to take it out, bend it down.

Then put the new slat in place to replace the old one.

Align it so that the curve is the same as the curve of the other slats. Before attaching and locking it into the holder, hold it near the top.

Depending on the type of slats, there are small differences in how to put it in place. For a slat made of aluminium or vinyl, you should put the chain through the holes in the new slat while making sure the existing slats stay in place.

For a fabric slat, push the weight back into the pocket where it came from. Make sure to connect and secure the connector for the spacing chain.

2. Fixing A Broken Gap In A Slat

Instead of replacing a whole slat, it might be better for now to fix a broken gap in it. This is especially true for the gaps at the top of the strip, which can break easily and can be fixed with a toothpick or paper clip.

Put a toothpick or a paper clip over the hole, arrange it so that it is as unnoticeable as possible, and tape it down.

It also works to cut a toothpick in half, put the two pieces over the missing strip, and tape them down.

Better yet, use a slat saver. This is a piece made of metal or plastic that sticks to the top of the slat. It can be put over the top of the slat to cover the gap and hold it in place.

3. Replacing A Carrier Clip

Even though a broken carrier clip might seem hard to fix, it's not if you know what kind of vertical blinds are being fixed.

Pull out the carrier clip's parts, including the carrier.

Raise the carrier with a small pair of pliers and then press down on the carrier clip to remove it.

Replace it and put the new carrier in place.

In a Graber-style track, you can pop out the carrier clip with a thin metal stick.

Put the new part in place.

When pulling on any part, make sure to do it in a gentle but firm way. Too softly and it won't move, too hard and the blinds might get damaged.

We strongly recommend these quick-fix inexpensive ways to make the whole process a lot easier. Just ensure that every part is in its correct position and every slat is working in the same direction. Window coverings like vertical blinds have always been a popular option for large windows. With these most common issues and tips ready for your reference, we hope you feel secure about your purchase now more than ever.


How to fix vertical blinds that won't turn with chain?

If the vertical blinds won't turn with the chain, they might just need to be lubricated. Get a spray lubricant like WD-40 that can be used on things around the house. Spray a little lubricant on the spot where the rod meets the blinds. This might help the rod turn the right way.

How to fix vertical blinds that won’t open?

For vertical blinds that won't open, first, make sure that all of the slats on your blinds are in the correct place. Make sure the ends are all lined up the same way and that the slats aren't stuck awkwardly behind each other. If they aren't lined up right, turn them until they are. This should get you out of trouble quickly.

How to fix vertical blinds that are hard to open and close?

For Vertical blinds that are hard to open and close, before doing anything else, check that the slats on your Vertical Blinds are positioned correctly. Again, make sure the slats are not awkwardly tucked behind each other and that the ends are evenly spaced. If they aren't lined up properly, you can rotate them into position. This should get you out of a jam in no time.

Can vertical blind mechanisms be repaired?

They can be fixed, but only with some difficulty. The most frequent maintenance tasks include fixing the carrier clips, restringing the blinds, and fixing the valance clips.

Final Thoughts

We hope that our quick fixes can help you solve some of the most common problems with window coverings. We want you to love your windows, even when they're acting up. Blindstyle is always a good place to shop made to measure blinds as a replacement if your old blinds are too far gone for repairs.

You can check out our latest collection of vertical blinds here.
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