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How Do You Fix Torn Pleated Shades?

How Do You Fix A Torn Pleated Shades

The winter chill has already started to give way to warmer days and the hot summer is not too far behind. During these extremes, shades, blinds and other window treatment products make life easier for all. Whether you need insulation from the outside heat during the summers or want to keep the indoors warm while it is frosty outside during the winters, window shades do that for you. Protecting you and the furniture inside your house from UV exposure, filtering the light to reduce glare are some of the other benefits these provide.

What are Pleated Shades?

While there are so many types of shades available in the market, pleated shades are some of the most widely used. Unlike the blinds which have multiple slats, the pleated shades comprise a single layer of fabric that is pleated and stored at either the top or at the bottom of the shades mounting mechanism. You get the option to fully fold the pleats which hides them away pretty well, fully unfold the pleats for filtering the light and blocking the heat or you can leave them midway to get a varying degree of functionality.
Cordless Light Filtering Pleated Shades

Cellular Shades: Pleated Shades 2.0

The normal pleated shades consist of a single layer of fabric and hence are not able to provide very good insulation from the heat. To overcome that problem, cellular shades were created. Cellular shades are more like an advanced version of the pleated shades. These shades have dual layers of pleated fabric that are arranged opposite to each other to create a honeycomb-like cavity. This cavity acts as a cushion that provides significant gains in terms of insulation.
Energy Efficient Cellular Shades

Vulnerability to Damage

Pleated shades are great window treatment options but these are not free from vulnerabilities against getting damaged. Torn pleated or cellular shades are common issues. In such cases, people often decide to change the pleats all together. But it is not only more costly but also not absolutely necessary. As long as the damage is not too severe, you can fix the torn pleated shades by yourself at home with the help of some basic and easily available things.

How Do You Fix Torn Pleated Shades?

While it will not always be possible to effectively repair them, fix a smaller or minor tear in the fabric of the pleated shades is very much possible. Before you go ahead with the repair, you need to check if the fabric is covered under warranty. If it is covered under the warranty, you can get them replaced free of cost. If your shades are out of warranty then you can try fixing them yourself. You can do that in a few simple steps. Let us look at them in detail:

• Step 1: First of all, you need to hang the pleated shade and fully unfold them to bring them in an un-pleated position.

• Step 2: You need to remove any dust that may have settled on the surface of the fabric, especially in the area around the tear. Try to clean it as well as possible but do it carefully and gently to ensure that you do not aggravate the damage. You can use a vacuum cleaner for cleaning.

• Step 3: Provide support for the ripped area before starting the repair. It will help ensure that during the repair, the fabric around the damaged area is not affected. You can use a hard plastic tubing to provide support.

• Step 4: Apply clear-drying fabric glue on the torn area using a small paintbrush. Apply the glue on one edge of the tear. Use very less amount of the glue as the extra glue will only seep through the fabric and may stick to the support mechanism (plastic tubing in this case).

• Step 5: Bring the other edge of the tear in contact with the edge which has the glue applied on it. Blend the glue across the rip at this stage. You need to avoid any hard strokes or extra pressure. The shade fabric is delicate and exerting too much pressure can damage it. Use small paintbrush strokes in a feathering motion and apply gentle pressure.

• Step 6: Allow the glue to dry on its own. You can use your finger to check its dryness. Let it dry until it does not feel wet to the touch.

• Step 7: If needed keep rotating the plastic tubing used for support so that it does not stick to the backside of the tear.

• Step 8: Check that the glue is fully dry before raising the shades. If you raise the shades while the glue is wet, you will run the risk of gluing the pleats together. To quickly check, if the glue had dried out completely, you can use a piece of paper. Put it against the glued spot. If the glue is dry, the paper will not stick to the glue.

• Step 9: After you are satisfied that the glue is dry, you can lift the shades. The tear in the fabric of the pleated shades has been glued and you can go back to using them normally.

Measures to Avoid Such Tears

Pleated shades, whether these are normal pleated shades with single fabric or cellular pleated shades with dual fabric layers, one thing is common. The fabric used in these shades is delicate. Avoiding or being mindful of a few things will help:

• Trim down or cut down any scratched edges as doing so will prevent such scratches from turning into a full-blown tear.
• Ensure that your shades are installed properly and are not getting obstructed by anything or any part of the window. Make sure that the window does not have any sharp edges which can cause a tear in the fabric of the shades.
• Keep the area around the shades clear and do not place any sharp objects near the shades.
• Be gentle while handling the pleated fabric of the shades.

Following these simple steps can reduce the likelihood of a tear in your set of pleated shades to a large extent. Even after these measures, if these shades get torn, you do not need to panic. You can fix the rip easily at home and save yourself some money and also spare yourself from the hassle of running after the professionals. It is also true for most problems in life. A lot of them can be fixed easily and that too without outside help.

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