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Picking Up the Pieces After a Flood

Dealing with serious flood damage at home is not the end of the world. And most importantly, it does not have to cost you an arm and a leg to get your home back into living condition again. In fact, you may find (like I did) that recovering from a flood gives you an opportunity to improve the look and feel of your home overall, and even to implement design options that increase the value of your property. I spent about a year fixing up my place after a pipe exploded while I was on vacation, and literally ruined everything inside from the flooring and walls, to my photos and important paperwork. So, I figured I could help others "pick up the pieces" and create a bigger ad better lifestyle at home by turning a flood situation into an opportunity, instead of dealing with it like a crisis.

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3 Ways to Take Care of Your Window Blinds

by Scott Gordon

The window blinds that you use inside of your home will either enhance your home aesthetically and in terms of efficiency, or will be a hassle that frustrates you. To make sure that your blinds are useful for you, it pays to make sure that you do all that you can to keep your blinds in the best possible condition. In that regard, use the pieces of information in this guide, to learn the best cleaning, repair and troubleshooting tips for your window blinds. 

#1: Cleaning Your Window Blinds

When you want to be sure that your blinds are cared for, you should first learn the best ways to clean them. Invest in a blind attachment piece for your vacuum cleaner, so that you can gently remove dust from all portions of your blinds without breaking them. Make sure to vacuum in a downward motion, so that you don't rip the blinds apart. You can also clean specific stains on your blinds by using a home cleaner and a rag. When spot cleaning, use firm strokes, but not too firm, so that your blinds remain solid and free of tears. Following these cleaning tips will help you to get rid of the grime and dust which quickly attaches to window blinds. 

#2: Learn to Fix Detached Blinds

One of the most aggravating issues that happens with your blinds is for one to come apart, letting in sunlight and creating an eyesore. To fix your blind slat, you should unplug the blinds from the bottom and unknot your lift string. From here, you will be able to pull out the broken blind slat and then replace it with a brand new one. This is a more beneficial procedure than simply trying to tape or glue your broken blind slat shut. 

#3: Troubleshoot Some Common Mechanism Issues

Sometimes, mechanical issues will make it difficult to lift and close your blinds. In the case of uneven blinds, you'll need to remove the string and adjust accordingly, until they are balanced. If your blinds are having trouble lowering, you should check to make sure that the locking component is not engaged, as this protective measure will keep each slat in place. For any further issues, you shouldn't hesitate to reach out to a window blinds professional like Sylvans & Phillips Drapes and Blinds who can assist you. 

Keep these three maintenance tips in mind, so that your window blinds receive the best performance and longevity. 

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