Interior designers are always trying to find a balance between beauty and practicality. That is why vertical blinds are quickly becoming the preferred furnishing for many. People appreciate the mix of modernity and the function it brings to their room. However, like any other modern accessory, they have their complexities too. Small issues with one of the parts can actually obstruct its entire working and professional help may be required to replace the broken parts. However, if you know the cause and possess the knowledge to repair such issues, you can solve them on your own. All you need are some vertical blind spare parts.
What are the different vertical blind parts?
Before discussing the issue of fixing vertical blinds, we should know about the vertical blind parts that we will deal with. For simple problems and their solutions, you need to know these five basic parts. Any problems not related to these parts may require professional help
- Slats - These are individual sheets that make up your entire window blind.
- Slat Connecting Chain - This is the chain that runs through all the slats and connects them together. It is found at the bottom of the slats.
- Headrail - The headrail is the top horizontal bar that contains all the operating mechanisms of the blind.
- Slots - The slot is the point where every individual slat is connected to the headrail.
- Carrier Stem - This is the piece that connects individual slats to the headrail.
Common Vertical Blind Problems and How to Repair Them
All homeowners with vertical blinds installed may have come across a few issues. They are usually fixed without the need for a professional as long as replacement vertical blind parts are available. Let us look at some common vertical blind problems and their solutions.
- One of the slats does not rotate
If you face a problem where all but one of the slats are rotating, it probably has something to do with the stem or slot. You will have to check their condition, but before that, you can try the following solutions step by step.
- Rotate the blind in the correct direction and then try opening and closing it.
- If that fixes your problem, it's well and good. However, if it does not you’ll have to check on the stems and slots.
- Sometimes the slot that holds a particular slat gets jammed up due to dirt and dust, creating difficulty in its movement. Try cleaning the dirt using a small paintbrush and then lubricating it. Now try opening and closing the blinds again. It should work perfectly.
- Sometimes the problem is with the stems which need replacing. It might be an issue if you do not have vertical blind spares. If you have one, you can perform a simple replacement and have your blind working again. You can always call for professional help should you require it.
- One of the slats is rotating but not in sync
This problem is slightly different from the previous one as it rotates but always in the opposite direction of the other slats. To fix this issue, you can follow these steps:
- Rotate the slat manually in the direction of all other slats.
- Now try opening and closing the blinds to see if the issue has been fixed.
- If it didn’t work, the issue is with the stem of that particular slat, which may have been dislodged from its original place.
- Simply rotate the stem using the slat until it gets back to its correct position, which will be confirmed by an audible click.
- If you find it abruptly displaced, try pulling it back to its original position using a strong twitcher tool. If you feel heavy resistance, it’s better to get professional help.
- Broken slat chain
This is a serious problem and requires your immediate attention as it completely breaks down the working of your blinds. You may wish to contact a professional repair service to take care of the problem. However, if you are familiar with vertical blind parts and have performed DIY repairs before, you can try and repair them yourself. Simply follow the steps listed below:
- Remove the old broken chain from the slats.
- Now calculate the length of your chain to get a perfect replacement. Simply count the number of slates in the chain and then multiply it by 2. That should give you the length of the chain.
- You can ask the hardware store to give you a chain with your calculated number of clips.
- Once you have the chain, all you have to do is reattach it back and your blind is good to go.
- The blind slats are not opening
If the blind slats are not opening, the most likely problem is the headrail. Repairing is a lengthy process and can be performed by any professional. If you wish to undertake the repairs yourself, follow the steps listed below:
- Firstly, you will need to detach all the slats from the head rails. Now, this is the most time-consuming process and must be done with care. Once they have been removed, it gets easier.
- One of the reasons why your blind doesn’t open is because of the accumulated dust on the headrail. Use a small dusting stick, a large paintbrush or a vacuum cleaner to clear out the dust.
- Next, apply a lubricant to it and reattach the slats. Try opening and closing your blinds again. If you still face problems, seek professional help.
- Broken slats
Broken slats do not cause any serious issues but will soon require replacement. If the slat starts getting damaged around the stem, it should be replaced at the earliest. The following steps will show you how:
- Detach the broken slat and patch up the area with adhesive tape.
- If the severity of the damage is too much, it’s better to get it replaced.
- You may wish to contact the shop you purchase the blinds from. Enquire about vertical blind spare parts and make the necessary orders.
- Once the replacement part reaches you, reattach it to the stem and then to the headrail.
Get High-Quality Vertical Blind Parts at Blind Parts by Dave
Blinds require constant attention like any other interior furnishing. While they are very practical, regular maintenance will keep your blinds working smoothly. In case you have broken vertical blinds and require replacement vertical blind parts, Blind Parts by Dave is here to help. We have a great range of blind parts including headrails, tracks, slats and more. You can browse through our collection on our website or contact our support team. You can call us on (03) 5941 3293 or send us an email at email@example.com.