Window Blind Ratings http://windowblindratings.com Window Shades & Blinds Ratings, Reviews & Buying Tips! Wed, 19 Feb 2014 01:20:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.13 Make Old Plantation Shutters New Again http://windowblindratings.com/make-shutters-new-again/ http://windowblindratings.com/make-shutters-new-again/#comments Thu, 13 Feb 2014 14:52:37 +0000 http://windowblindratings.com/?p=360 old shutter

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Plantation shutters are beautiful window treatments for both the outside and inside of your home but they can become an ugly distraction when in need of repair or just paint. Before you get rid of your shutters, look to see if they can be repaired or updated for a whole new look. Keep reading from some ways you can keep that set of shutters without replacing them.

Repairing Wood Shutters

If the louvers or slats on your plantation shutters have broken or you are missing one or more and if the shutter frame is still in good condition then it makes sense to repair the shutter. To repair the slat then you will just need to buy a spring loaded pin that will facilitate easy reattachment of the louver to the panel. Here is an example. If you’re unable to repair the broken slat, then you can remove it and purchase a new slat or a shutter repair kit, which will include everything you need to reattach the louver. Don’t let one missing shutter slat ruin the entire shutter when it is so easy to repair.

If your plantation shutters are no longer staying closed, you may need to replace broken shutter magnets or shutter buttons. Here is an example. You can easily purchase these replacement parts and the only tool you will need is a screwdriver. Or, sometimes a simple hook and eye is all you need. Look in the hardware department of your local home improvement store.

 Painting Wood Shutters

If your wood shutters are looking drab and tired, it is time to repaint them. To start, you’ll need to take them down and remove any hardware that is attached to the shutters. Do NOT fall to the temptation to save time by painting them in place. Taking them down is the only way to get a professional looking job. Before you begin to paint, you will need to thoroughly clean the shutters. Some people prefer to spray paint the shutters because it is easy to get around all the corners. I used a power painter such as this one. Let the paint dry thoroughly between coats and either use new hardware or clean up the old hardware if possible. One tip is that you may need larger screws when rehanging the shutters. Once again, your local home improvement store will have them.

When painting, plantation shutters can easily be changed to go with any décor. Whenever you redecorate, you can revamp the color of your old shutters to match your new décor without going to a lot of expense. Often, you can find wood shutters at flea markets and thrift stores that just need a little TLC to be made new again. Even if some of the shutter pins or slats are missing, repairing shutters is usually pretty easy and inexpensive. Repairing or repainting plantation shutters makes a great do it yourself project and is just right for a weekend project.

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How to Clean Horizontal Blinds http://windowblindratings.com/clean-horizontal-blinds/ http://windowblindratings.com/clean-horizontal-blinds/#comments Sun, 26 Jan 2014 13:36:18 +0000 http://windowblindratings.com/?p=344 There are several different ways to clean horizontal bl […]

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There are several different ways to clean horizontal blinds, but some methods just aren’t worth the trouble than others. If you spot clean them often so the blinds don’t build up the grease, dust, or grime your just will be much easier. It’s far less work to dust often now and then than have to take them down and give them a complete cleaning. Here are some of the ways in which you can clean your horizontal window blinds.

The easiest: Cleaning Dusty Blinds

The easiest and fastest way to dust off your blinds is with a special bush such as this one. If your blinds are not exposed to cigarettes or a lot of outdoor dirt or dust, then you should just be able to brush them off every now and then to keep them looking great. Flip the slats in order to get both sides clean when you are cleaning them so you will keep everything looking like new. Keep you vacuum handy to get any extra dirt that may be in the corners of the window frame. Also, use the vacuum to clean the brush so the dust doesn’t build up on the cleaning pads.


A little more work: Clean Horizontal Blinds that are Moderately Dirty

If your horizontal blinds are more than dusty but are not grimy, you can wash them without removing them from the window. You may just have to go over the soiled areas with a damp soft cloth and then brush or vacuum the dust from the major areas of the blinds. If your blinds are exposed to cigarette smoke, do this often. The smoke will leave a sticky yellow film that covers the blinds and attracts even more dust.

Two options for Blinds that are Very Dirty

Depending on how far gone your shades are, replacement may be the best option. Replacing shades is not that much work, you’ll have the cleanest shades possible and if you shop at a discount retailer such as Blind Saver you will not spend that much money. If you go with cleaning them your best option is to just take them down from the window. You can then either take them outside and wash them down with the garden hose or, depending on the size, put them in water in the bathtub. Either method will loosen the most stubborn dirt or grease and grime and allow you to wipe them down. You can usually just use a mild detergent, such as the kind you use to wash dishes. Be careful not to get too much water in the top mechanical part of the shade – it was not made to get wet. Wipe them down with a cloth and then you can either hang them up to dry (not in the window) or dry them off yourself with a soft cloth. Make sure everything is completely dry before placing them back in the window.

For extra credit

If you have some extra time and energy, you might want to take the opportunity to wash your windows as well, especially if you are taking the blinds down. That way, both your windows and window blinds will be clean and you won’t have to come back and do the windows later.

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Insulating Window Curtains Block Cold Air, Hot Sun and Noise http://windowblindratings.com/insulating-window-curtains/ http://windowblindratings.com/insulating-window-curtains/#comments Thu, 09 Jan 2014 03:00:22 +0000 http://windowblindratings.com/?p=328 0088530807081_500X500[1]

A great deal of heat, cold air and noise enters your ho […]

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A great deal of heat, cold air and noise enters your home through its windows. This makes your house or apartment less comfortable and raises utility bills. There are many ways to remedy this, but most solutions remain costly and time consuming to install. An affordable, effective technique is to put insulating curtains on the windows.

This kind of curtain contains an insulation material, so it’s thicker than the average window covering. It blocks out most sunlight and makes it more difficult for heat to pass through the window. This reduces the need for fans and A/C units. Insulating curtains pay for themselves in about 1-5 years, according to the University of Maine.

During the winter, these curtains keep cold air out and prevent warmth from escaping your home. This can cut your heating bill significantly. The Department of Energy reports that insulating curtains decrease daily heat losses by 25 percent. These savings vary greatly with different curtain materials; be sure to compare the R-values.

Noise passes through windows much more easily than walls or solid doors. Uncovered windows may force you to listen to a neighbor’s idling car, loud boombox or yapping dog. They also increase noise from streams, wind and traffic. Insulating curtains can keep many unwanted outdoor sounds outside of your home or at least reduce their volume.

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This type of curtain also boosts your home’s privacy. It proves much harder for neighbors to see through insulation than typical curtain fabric. Not only are they opaque, but they block almost all indoor light (making silhouettes difficult to see). People are also less likely to overhear indoor conversations as they walk by a window.

You can make windows more sound-proof and energy-efficient in several different ways, but insulating curtains have many advantages. Compared to high-end windows, it takes less time and money to install them. They are also relatively easy to remove from windows and put in a different home. This is important if you rent your house or apartment.

If you decide to buy insulating window curtains, prioritize the windows that receive the most sunlight or wind exposure. Generally, it’s best to buy the thickest curtain that you can afford. You may maximize the savings by opening your insulating curtains during the day in cold, sunny weather and keeping them closed on hot days.

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Specialty Shaped Window Shutters http://windowblindratings.com/specialty-window-shutters/ http://windowblindratings.com/specialty-window-shutters/#comments Fri, 06 Dec 2013 19:29:22 +0000 http://windowblindratings.com/?p=297 Octagon1-0[1]

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Do you love the looks of shutters but have a non-square window? Sunburst Shutters may have a solution. Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions has announced a new specialty shaped window shutter product line called FanTop Shutters. These new shutters come in shapes such as eyebrow, circle, octagon and rectangle. They are made in white and are paintable. You need to be a dealer to order directly from the company so be sure to tell your favorite window treatment professional.

Click here to see the product offerings

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