Roller Blinds: How to Manually Seal a Frayed Edge
Roller blinds are very popular as window covering. They come in many different finishes and styles, and are available in literally hundreds of fabrics covering a full spectrum of colors, textures, and patterns. They can be purchased custom or in pre-made blind sizes and can even be cut to fit a specific window size. But one problem that roller blinds can have over time is fraying, usually from repeated use. Because these can be delicate and difficult to handle, they require special care when repairing and limiting damage is desired. Here’s how to manually seal a frayed side of a roller blind if the blinds are out of warranty.
The first thing to do when trying to repair this is not to do it while the roller blind is still attached to the window. Instead, remove the roller blind from its bracket and leave it on the floor. The best idea here is to put it on top of old newspapers or another smooth surface. Make sure not to tangle the cables or damage them in any way. Because these items can be fragile when removed from your facility, care must be taken when handling them, paying particular attention not to soil the fabric. If you have rubber gloves, it’s a good idea to wear them, or at least be picky about every shade. The first step is to carefully remove any pieces of fabric that have already frayed from the fabric with sharp scissors, being careful not to remove too much. Next, you’ll need a glue solution called fraying, something you can get at any good haberdashery store or widely available online. Simply squeeze the container to gently scoop out some sealer and apply the substance to the frayed side of the roller blind, using a fine tip, usually included with the solution. Here, you can seal only the obviously frayed areas, or you can decide to seal the entire roller shutter, to avoid any future problems.
You can use cotton swabs or a towel to clean the result and make sure no glue is exposed. The solution will generally turn white and clear. You will most likely consult the instructions for your anti-fray solution for how long to let your blinds dry, however, when in doubt, you can leave it overnight. Then, before putting the blinds back on, you should wait for the process to dry completely. This can take several hours. Ultimately, the Fray Stop can help keep your blinds nice and clean for years to come, and extend the life of your product. Because it not only helps existing problems, but also protects the blind from future problems, it is a great solution.
In general, it is quite simple to manually seal a frayed side of a roller blind using a fray stop solution, and it is something that can not only solve a problem, but also improve the quality of your blinds. You don’t need to pay a professional to do it, all you need are the right steps and careful handling. Then you can do it all yourself, save money, and further extend the life of your blinds.