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Q:
How do I remove the existing horizontal window blinds that are mounted in my windows?
A:
Removing window blinds or shades will vary depending on the product. Each type of window covering has its own type of mounting hardware and therefore removing them will be different.

Horizontal blinds can range from wood and faux wood blinds or a aluminum mini blinds. Most horizontal blinds have similar mounting brackets. Follow these simple steps to removing the blinds.
  1. First, remove the valance if there is one on the blinds. Most valances are mounted with a clip that will attach at the top of the headrail. The valance usually can be removed by simply lifting if off the blinds.
  2. Next, open the brackets. After the valance is removed you should have access to the headrail of the blinds and the mounting brackets. There will be a bracket at each end of the headrail. The brackets are opened by lifting the door or hinged side of the bracket. Most brackets have a tab that keeps the hinged side closed. You may need to use a screwdriver to gently lift the hinged side off the tab.
  3. Once the brackets are open, simply remove the window blinds from the brackets.
  4. Next, remove the brackets from the window frame by removing the screws that hold them in place.


We recently found a great youtube video that walks you through removing your old window blind. So, if you find it difficult to follow our written instructions, this video will help. Also, you can always call us and we would be happy to walk you through removing your old blinds.

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Commonly Asked Questions About Window Blinds Removal

Q:

How do I remove faux, wood and aluminum mini blinds?

A:
Most of our faux, wood and aluminum mini blinds are installed in a box bracket with a hatch door. Pull all of the slats and bottom rail all the way up to the head rail with the cords or your hand (if cordless). To remove the horizontal blinds from the bracket, lift the hatch door on each end and slide the blinds out of the installation brackets.


Q:

How do I open horizontal faux, wood or aluminum blinds?

A:
ll three products are available with either a cord tilt or wand to open and close the horizontal slats. The cord tilter will come with two cords to pull down on to open and close the slats. If you order a blind with a wand tilt, you will twist the wand to open and close the slats.

Some of the cordless mini blinds tilt when moving the bottom rail tilting forward or back.


Q:

How do I take down mini blinds?

A:
Remove the valance from the valance clips. Pull all of the slats and bottom rail all the way up to the head rail with the cords or your hand (if cordless). Open the hatch door on the installation brackets and slide the blind out of the brackets. Some of the cordless mini blinds will have a hidden installation bracket that is a back or top mount bracket. You will have to pull the blind forward so you can see the installation bracket, and put a flat head screwdriver between the bracket and head rail and turn it to release the blind.


Q:

How to remove window blinds from a window?

A:
Box bracket removal
  1. Step 1, Pull all of the slats and bottom rail all the way up to the head rail with the cords or your hand (if cordless).
  2. Step 2, Remove valance from the valance clips
  3. Step 3, Open each box bracket hatch doors (most box bracket doors open up)
  4. Step 4, Slide blind out of each box bracket

Back or top mount removal
  1. Step 1, Pull all of the slats and bottom rail all the way up to the head rail with the cords or your hand (if cordless).
  2. Step 2, Remove valance from the valance clips
  3. Step 3, Take a flat head screw driver and put between the back of the head rail and the bottom of the installation bracket and turn the screw driver a half a twist to release the blind out of the bracket.


Q:

Can you replace slats on window blinds?

A:
Replacing slats on a horizontal faux wood blinds is not recommended, and could void your warranty. If you decide to proceed, here is a video on how to change the slats on your horizontal blind. Or follow the following instructions:
  1. Slide slat and remove from ladders. Lay slat on flat surface
  2. Using a metal tape measure, measure from the left end of the slat, to the middle of the first notch. Record this measurement to the nearest 1/16”.
  3. With the tape measure still on the left side of the slat, measure to the middle of the second notch from the left side of the slat. Record this measurement.
  4. Proceed in the same manner with the remaining notches. Record all the remaining measurements. Record the overall width of the slat to the nearest 1/16”.
  5. Locate the slat to be replaced. Slide slat and remove the ladders of the blind.
  6. Slide replacement slat into the ladders making sure that it rests on top of the ladder rungs. Continue for all replacement slats, making sure ladder cords run through the notches in the back of the slat.
  7. Raise and lower the blind with the slats in the open position to make sure it operates properly.


Q:

Can you replace vertical blinds?

A:
You can replace slats on vertical blinds. You do however, need to determine what clip size you have, and if your replacement is compatible with the depth, and distance of clips on your head rail.

You can use this link to determine the clip type that you have, however for blinds chalet we do not sell the slats separately. They would need to be a whole new component to avoid any issues with replacements that are incompatible.


Q:

How Do I Replace slats on a horizontal faux wood blind with no route holes?

A:
  1. Slide slat and remove from ladders. Lay slat on flat surface.
  2. Using a metal tape measure, measure from the left end of the slat to the middle of the first notch. Record this measurement to the nearest 1/16".
  3. With the tape measure still on the left side of the slat, measure to the middle of the second notch from the left side of the slat. Record this measurement.
  4. Proceed in the same manner with the remaining notches. Record all the remaining measurements. Record the overall width of the slat to the nearest 1/16”.
  5. Locate the slat to be replaced. Slide slat and remove from the ladders of the blind.
  6. Slide replacement slat into the ladders making sure that it rests on top of the ladder rungs. Continue for all replacement slats making sure ladder cords run through the notches in the back of the slat.
  7. Raise and lower the blind with the slats in the open position to make sure it operates properly. Provided by Springs Window Fashions.


Q:

Can bent mini blinds be repaired?

A:
Bent mini blinds can be repaired. First you have to remove your blinds from the brackets. Put on protective gloves so that you do not cut your hands on the edges of the blinds. For a flat slat mini blind, you want to find a flat 1” piece of wood as close to the length of the slat you can find. Place the bent slat on the flat piece of wood. Use your hand to smooth out the damaged slat. You can also use a hard, smooth ball to roll over the damaged slat. You can try to flip the slat over to massage the other side of the slat. Keep doing this until your slat retains the appearance that you are looking for. For a curved slat, you want to use a ¾” wooden dowel. Place the dowel on a flat surface and then on the underside of the damaged slat. Apply pressure with your hands until you reach the desired appearance.


Q:

How do you remove a roller blind Valance?

A:
This varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. Reach out to whomever you got the roller shades from and they will be able to assist you.


Q:

How do you release new blinds?

A:
After your blind is installed you may find that the cord to raise & lower is locked for shipping. Once you have installed the blinds, if you are not able to get the blind to release, simply grab the pull cord and give it a firm tug to the center of the blind. This should release the mechanism and allow you to raise and lower the blind.


Q:

How do you untangle a blind cord?

A:
Typically tangled cords are something that would need to be addressed by a professional blind repair company or manufacturer. If you purchased your blinds through Blinds Chalet, please give us a call and we can reach out to the manufacturer of your blinds to see about setting up a repair.


Q:

How do you release new blinds?

A:
If you are not able to get the blind to release, simply grab the pull cord and give it a firm tug to the center of the blind. This should release the mechanism and allow you to raise and lower the blind.


Q:

How do you clean Venetian blinds?

A:
Venetian blinds can be cleaned by using a soft duster or lightly vacuuming any dust. You can also use water or a gentle cleaner on a soft rag to wipe them as needed. It is not recommended that you submerge the blinds or spray them with water at any time.