Things you should know about your new clear or tinted blinds.
Our PVC Blinds are manufactured using quality clear and tinted PVC which are designed and manufactured to resist the effects of weather, customers should be aware that Clear PVC is an unstable product and like all things these require regular care and maintenance.
Clear PVC is not like a sheet of metal or a glass window and it will often be baggy when first installed. Blinds of varying sizes may also look different in their flatness and react differently to the weather conditions. Handling during fabrication may have left some minor wrinkles in the blind fabrics. Avoid rolling the blind up with these still in the fabric. Simply extend the blind fully for a few days exposure. This should also be followed after the blind has been rolled up for lengthy periods such as over winter or summer.
Do not over tension the blind to try to remove any wrinkles this can cause irreversible damage and leave a dimpling appearance.
Finger prints etc may be visible and these can be cleaned and then polished off using VuPlex (or similar).
If your blind is removed for any reason you should avoid creasing the fabric ie roll rather than fold. Where ever possible you are best to keep the screen on the roller.To get the best from your new Blinds:
They should be rolled up only when clean and dry and Kept clean, IE Do not mow lawns or clean gutters, etc. with the fabric exposed.DO NOT LEAVE DOWN IN STORMS:
Blinds can have large surface areas and are not designed to withstand storms. Always roll up the blind for strong winds.
Do not leave rolled up for long periods of time. The longer it is rolled up, the longer it will take for the wrinkles to come out.
DO NOT LEAVE ROLLED UP IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT. Heat can build up inside the roll, damaging the PVC. If roller is exposed a pelmet is recommended.In Summer:
PVC tends to stretch and become quite supple depending on the direct contact time with the sun. In an enclosed area it will create some heat so have them rolled up during the hot days. It is best to roll them down during the cooler parts of the day.In Winter:
During the colder months PVC will contract and tighten up. Being rolled up for a long time in the rain can create white foggy marks when rolled down. Don't worry these will disappear in around a week or can be polished off using VuPlex (or similar).Cleaning Instruction
Clean regularly by gently hose to remove loose dust. Clean with a dilute solution of mild soap only and warm water, and a soft brush, or lightly sponge down with warm water. Take care not to rub dirt or grit into the surface, scratching will result. Rinse and dry with a soft cloth, followed by VUPLEX polish. Follow the instructions on the can. Always allow to dry thoroughly before storage or re-use.Spot Cleaning/Special Treatments
Treat stains as soon as possible. Leaving dirt or stains such as bird droppings can leave permanent damage. First test clean on an inconspicuous area first before proceeding. Mildew may be removed by wiping with a cold solution of Bleach having 4% chlorine, in the proportion of 1 part to 4 of water. Rinse thoroughly without delay with cold water. Grease spots may be removed carefully by rubbing lightly with a soft cloth and some ethanol (ethyl alcohol) or Meths. Do not use abrasive cleaners or solvents such as petrol, acetone, or similar, which may attack PVC.Insurance:
We recommend contacting your insurance company and add your new screens to your household insurance – that way you are covered in the unlikely event of any damage.
If you are in any doubt about the operation or maintenance of your screens, please contact your installer – they will know what to do!