Maintenance folks have seen a lot of window-blinds replacement and repair calls lately, so here are 6 tips to help with blind replacement and repair for your rental property from Keepe.
Blind replacement and repair for your rental property
Blinds are popular. And whether your blinds are new or old, broken blinds seem to be an ongoing issue for many rental property owners.
If you were ever wondering why mini-blinds break so frequently, here’s your answer: Basically, the holes in the top of each vane – which are also called slats – are squarely “hole-punched” and, unfortunately, aren’t as reinforced as they should be.
Sometimes kids rip them out or pets pull them down, but one of the primary reasons blinds break is because people are lazy.
Using blinds correctly can seem like a hassle. You have to take the time to turn the wand, open the slats, and then pull the string slowly. Not using the wand and rushing the process causes a bunch of tension on each vane, causing it eventually to crack and snap off. Happily, there are some easy fixes to minimize this from happening…
Blind replacement and repair for your rental property tips!
- Invest in some “vane savers” as reinforcements or as a way to fix broken vanes;
- You may also use paperclips instead of “vane savers,” by taping one over the end of each vane where a piece has broken off;
- Let the cords hang freely, this can help the cords last longer;
- Clean blinds by vacuuming them regularly with a brush attachment on low suction, brushing across the slats for venetian and pleated blinds and down the fabric or slats for vertical and roller blinds;
- Spot-clean any stubborn stains by blotting with a mild detergent solution or alcohol-free wipe (but never spray cleaner directly onto fabric);
- To prevent vanes from getting out of sync, always tilt the vanes open fully before drawing the blinds open or closed.
The maintenance odd job of the week
This week, we got a job request in the greater Seattle area to repair a sink faucet that “began spraying in different directions.” We checked it out and realized it was the aerator, which was fixed in no time. Aerators are often found at the end of the faucet. Essentially, the aerator pushes a mixture of air and water through the end of the faucet. They are used to prevent splashing, conserve energy and increase water pressure.
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