Cordless Blinds & Operational Issues
Corded blinds dominated the window treatment market for a fairly long time till few years back when cordless blinds burst into the scene. These blinds as the name suggests are cordless and hence considered an ideal choice for houses with toddlers and pets. Easy to operate and safe, cordless blinds soon secured dedicated followers and they became a popular and regular feature in many households. They are sleek, smart and contemporary without the cords forming a pool on the ground or dangling by the side of the window. They blend beautifully with every time of home decor.
Like all other blinds, cordless blinds also suffer accidents and encounter operational issues. They can get damaged due to high traffic wear and tear or get stuck. While getting professional help is always an option it is a good idea to be aware of the issues that can crop up from time to time and home resolution techniques. It is beneficial to keep these tips and tricks handy.
How to Repair Cordless Cords
Sometimes the motor that operates these springs needs to be reset to get the blinds functioning again. There are internal strings that are strung through the blinds and they tend to become tangled as well.
- Extend the blinds fully as this will help to straighten any tangled internal ribbons. Pull the blinds down from the center and not from the sides as this could cause the ribbons to get tangled more.
- One of the most common challenges encountered by homeowners is cordless blinds refusing to go up. Cordless blinds have a spring mechanism. If the blinds are not closed or opened for quite some time these inner springs tend to become inactivated. They need to be activated to start functioning again. If your shades refuse to lift upwards, lower them as far as possible. If the blind is at the bottom of the window try pulling it towards you at a 45-degree angle. You will find the cord moving up again. If the shades refuse to go up still then give few more pulls at 45-degree angle.
- If you continue to face problems with sagging and no recoil on the blinds you need to unhook the mounting clips on your windows.
- From the head rail remove the end caps and take a peek inside the motor spring. You will find many friction clips that allow the blind to recoil. If any of these clips are damaged get in touch with the manufacturer for replacements.
- If all your friction clips seem to work well then you could remove a friction clip. Too much of friction can also cause the blinds to operate in an uneven rough manner. Keep removing these clips till the blind starts to function smoothly again.
Problem of Uneven Shades
Another commonly encountered problem is uneven shades. If your cordless blinds look uneven try not to pull or tug at each end as they will end up looking more lop-sided. It could also damage the material. Take the bottom part of the covering in your hand, grip it at the middle and then pull the shade all the way downwards. Be gentle yet brisk and repeat the step till you cordless blinds start looking even again.
Removing Steel Rods
There are steel rods that are located at the bottom end of the blinds and if you find this part of the blind not working then you need to do some introspection. Once you remove the end caps you will find two steel pieces. Remove one of the rods and put the end caps back on and see if blinds work. If they do you are done. If the problem persists then try removing the other steel rod as well and putting the one removed back inside. Sometimes removing both the rods solves the persisting problem.
Seeking Professional Help
These tips generally work in resolving the issues and getting the blinds to start working again. If, despite all these steps and efforts the blinds continue to give trouble we will recommend that you get in touch with the manufacturer and seek professional intervention. Too much struggle with the blinds could end up damaging them and could also render your warranty null and void. A professional will help and guide you step by step towards a pliable solution.
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.