If you have installed outdoor motorized blinds, you need to take additional precautions to make sure they operate smoothly and last longer. These kinds of blinds are battery-operated and this makes them easier to use. Here are some 7 maintenance tips that you can use to make the most of your motorized blinds.
1. Protect from Harsh Weather
Outdoor motorized blinds are designed for outdoor settings but they can be damaged by harsh weather. For this reason, it is important to protect them to prevent irreparable damage. The best way to protect them is by keeping them rolled up during heavy rainfall or winds. Roll them up as soon as you notice signs of bad weather. Rolling them up reduces exposure to the bad weather, minimizing damage.
2. Dry Blinds Completely
One of the most common mistakes that people make is rolling blinds when they are wet. The presence of moisture inside the blinds can cause damage. If your outdoor motorized blinds are made of fabric or wood, they will absorb the moisture, creating a good environment for bacteria, mold, and mildew to grow. It will be difficult to get rid of these organisms once they grow on your blinds and this will force you to dispose them. It is advisable to clean your blinds regularly to prevent dirt build up but you should dry them thoroughly afterwards to ensure they are free of moisture before they are rolled up.
3. Avoid Harsh Chemicals
Use some mild detergent and soft cloth to clean the outdoor motorised blinds and avoid harsh chemicals. The use of harsh chemicals can damage the blinds. It is also advisable to avoid anything that will scratch the surface. This will keep your blinds looking new. Manufacturers usually indicate the specific products and materials that you should use to clean the blinds. Follow the instructions provided to keep your blinds in great condition.
4. Use Correct Cleaning Technique
The cleaning technique that you will apply will depend on the type of material the blinds are made of. Timber blinds can be damaged if you use a lot of water unless they are well sealed. Excess water usually makes timber blinds warp and rot over time. You can use some warm water and mild detergent if you have installed metal or PVC blinds. But you have to rinse them properly to ensure there are no soap traces after you clean to prevent streaks. Window cleaning sprays are a good idea if you have PVC blinds. If you have large blinds, it may be necessary to remove them to ensure proper cleaning.
5. Replace Defective Clips and Slats
Clips and slats found on outdoor motorised blinds are prone to damage especially if they are exposed to excessive pressure. This is a particularly common problem if these parts are made of plastic. It is impossible to repair these parts and the best solution is to replace them. Remove the broken slats from their clips and replace them. All you have to do to replace a slat is to press it firmly into a clip. You have to be very careful when doing this to avoid damaging the clip.
6. Change Damaged Chains
If you notice that your vertical slats are not tilting appropriately or refuse to move, the chain on your blinds’ head rail may be damaged and it needs to be replaced. But you need to note that replacing the chain can make the warranty invalid. Replacement is advisable if the warranty has already elapsed. All you have to do is buy a new chain and put it into the head rail. Once this is done, you can attach the slats on the clips.
7. Fix Broken Motor
Another common problem that affects outdoor motorised blinds is broken motors. A broken motor can either be repaired or replaced. It is important to determine how much the motor replacement will cost before you do it. This is because it may be cheaper to purchase new outdoor motorised blinds instead of replacing the motor. It is advisable to use a professional for the replacement process because you may have to hardwire the motor to a power supply.