VENETIAN INSTALLATION

Unpack and identify the loose fittings that are packed with each blind.

The box brackets are marked left and right and must be installed with the flap hinged at the top and facing out. Place 2 screws in each bracket either into the side of the window frame or through the top or rear of the bracket into the window frame or wall.
Larger blinds will come with an intermediate bracket that should be fitted in the middle of your window frame. This may have to be offset slightly if it interferes with the middle ladder tape of the blind.
Double-check your measurements before final fixing and make sure that the brackets are perfectly level.
Make sure that the intermediate bracket is not located where any of the components inside the headrail are located (the blind operation may be affected).
After fixing the brackets to the window, offer the blind up to the brackets and slide it into the brackets from the front. Close both box bracket flaps and ensure you hear a ‘click’ as they lock into place. A second person may be needed to help with larger blinds.
Check the operation of the blind – raising, lowering & tilting should all operate smoothly & fully. If not, dismount the blind & check that components are all locked into place & are not being fouled by brackets.
If the blind comes with a pelmet, this may now be fitted to the blind: There will be a series of Velcro pads along the front of the head rail – peel off the top protective layer off each pad, and press the pelmet firmly onto the pads, making sure that it is lined up properly with the blind.

Dismounting the blind:
Raise the blind fully.
Remove the pelmet (if there is one) first. Pull out on the pelmet and the Velcro mounting pads will come apart to allow for re-installing.
Lift the flaps up on both of the box brackets and then slide the blind towards you and away from the brackets. A second person may be needed to help with larger blinds.

OPERATION, CARE & MAINTENANCE
VENETIAN BLINDS
Modern venetian blinds are made of high-grade materials to exacting specifications, and as long as they are installed, operated and maintained properly as per the instructions listed below, they should provide many years of satisfactory service. If requested at the time of installation, the installer can demonstrate the correct use of the blinds, and indicate how best to remove them for cleaning.

OPERATION:
Before raising a venetian blind, ensure that the slats are tilted fully open and, where fitted, bottom rail retaining clips are released. When opening a window behind a blind, always raise the blind first – do not push hands through the slats, as this is likely to damage the blind. When closing a venetian blind, tilt the slats in both directions first, then leave them with their top surfaces facing outwards (this lines the slats up, and ensures the best possible closure).

CLEANING (Aluminium & Faux Wood Blinds):
Keeping your aluminium or synthetic Faux Wood venetian blinds clean is as easy as using a feather duster once a week. When it’s time for spring-cleaning, the blinds can be removed from their brackets and washed with a mild detergent and warm water mix, then rinsed and let dry off. If using a clothesline to hang the blinds on for cleaning, don’t do so on a windy day, and also don’t allow the blinds to fully dry in direct sunshine (which will cause water spotting). Be extra careful with larger blinds…two people may be required to safely handle them.
Where metal blind components are exposed to damp air (i.e. in a bathroom), or salt laden air (i.e. situated within one kilometre of an ocean beach) or other corrosive elements, they must be properly cleaned at least twice per year.

CLEANING (Wood Blinds):
Warning – do not use water to clean wooden blinds. This may cause the slats to warp and/or discolour.
Use a feather duster once a week, and for Spring-cleaning, wipe the slats with a slightly dampened cloth to remove grime build-up. Avoid strenuous rubbing and do not use cleaning chemicals.
Commercial blind cleaning services are also available in most areas.

GENERAL
On windy days, close windows, or draw blinds away from the opening to prevent damage.

MAINTENANCE:
In the unlikely event that your blind requires maintenance, contact your NZ Blinds for assistance. Spare parts are readily available, and most repairs can be carried out by the customer.

 

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