Operating Instructions

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With all of our blinds and shutters, opening, closing and cleaning may involve touching the actual fabric or hardware. Having clean hands is important when doing these tasks, particularly with lighter-coloured products. Even just a small amount of dirt and grime on a daily basis in the same area can quickly build up to become highly noticeable.

How to Operate Blinds

Window Blinds with Handles - Mainly seen on Perfect-Fit and Conservatory Blinds
Operating ‘handle’ style window blinds is simple - just hold the handle, keeping the rail as straight as possible and then raise or lower the blind into the required position, where it will stay with no further action necessary.

Cord Lock Window Blinds
CCord operated window blinds can be released and locked by using the cord lock located on the headrail. To release on right-hand control, pull to the left and down. To lock on right-hand control, pull to the right and release. To release on left-hand control, pull to the right and down and to lock on left-hand control, pull to the left and release. Some cord locks are released by pulling outwards and are locked by letting go or moving the cords towards the blind.

Pleated Roof Blinds
Unlike many blinds and shutters, roof blinds are operated with the aid of the supplied wand. For those who aren’t sure how to operate blinds, the wand can help. The wand can be located by gently sliding the wand head from the left or right-hand side, over the tag handle. The blinds can then be opened or closed. When doing so, ensure that you are in line with the blind as this will prevent any damage and the operation should always be a push, not a pull action.

Shaped Pleated Roof Blinds
When it comes to how to operate blinds, our shaped roof blinds are operated in the same manner as roof blinds. Similar to the operating instructions for the Pleated Roof Blinds, the pushing, rather than pulling, motion is even more important on shaped blinds as it helps to ensure a smooth and easy operation. For larger shaped blinds, you may need to help the fabric up or down should it start to lag behind.

Roof Roller Blinds
Roller blinds can be pulled up or down by the pull cord, but you must not let the cord go when operating the blind as this can cause damage. Please make sure that the cord is securely tied around the cleat when the blind is closed.

Roof Woodweave Blinds
Woodweave blinds can be pulled up or down using the pull cord, but be careful not to let the cord go whilst operating the blind as this can cause damage. As with the roof roller blinds, ensure that the cord is securely tied around the cleat when the blind is closed.

Care must be taken when operating all blinds and shutters and there should be no excessive force used, as this may damage the blinds and/or the fittings. If you’re unsure on how to operate blinds and the blind doesn’t operate with normal control, then don’t force the blind. First, check to see if there are any obstructions which are impinging it, or if there are any knots in the cord.

Child Safety
Any blinds and shutters which have loose hanging cords or looped sidewinder controls pose a strangulation risk to small children. All such cords should be safely tied up out of reach. For more information and to download a safety brochure, then click here.

How to Operate your Shutters

Blinds and shutters have two very different functions, so they operate in different ways. Contrary to how to operate blinds, shutters panels are designed to be kept within their frames for the majority of the time. Opening the panel doors is primarily for access and cleaning, and they should not be left open for prolonged periods. Due to the weight of the panels, particularly for bi-fold and larger panels, there may be some drop when the panel is opened, so it may need to be helped back into place by lifting slightly. This is normal.

Opening and closing of the louvres is achieved either by using the tilt rod, if you have one, or moving the louvres themselves. Sometimes, in order to get the best closure, you may need to gently run your hand down the louvres.

Operating Instructions for your Awning

Our awnings are primarily designed for solar shading and, as such, should not be left open or extended during heavy rainfall or during cold or windy weather. The fabrics that we use for our awnings are all treated with a special anti mould coating, but you should avoid putting the awning away whilst wet.

Operating Instructions for your Curtains

Much like our blinds and shutters, great care needs to be taken when drawing your curtains. Make sure that there are no obstructions which can damage the fabric. Be sure to only apply sufficient downwards and sideways force if they are manually drawn so as not to put any unnecessary force onto the pole or rail.

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