00:15 – PVC shrinks and expands
01:11 – Step 1: Roll down the blinds normally
01:56 – Step 2 – Pull down the zips a little bit to start
02:20 – Important – Don’t forget about your blinds
02:34 – Step 3 – Pull down the zips a little bit more
02:56 – Step 4 – Repeat this process until the zips are fully down
03:28 – Summary
Hello, I’m Jason Graham from the company Blockout Blinds and today I’m going to explain to you how to get your blind down when the fabric has shrunk a little bit.
PVC material is expected to shrink and expand with the weather[00:15] Now first things first, these are made of PVC and PVC can and will and is expected to shrink and expand as the weather changes with hot and cold days etc. Now if you’re putting your blinds up and down everyday you don’t normally have a problem but sometimes you might have your blinds up for a period of time and you go to pull them down and because the fabric might have shrunk slightly you can’t quite get the zips down.
Now once again, this is a normal thing that happens with cafe’ blinds but I’m here today to show you how to rectify that so you don’t have any issues.[00:53] Now I have this blind here and this one doesn’t have any issue, because this blind has been looked after and maintained as per our specifications so they’re working beautifully even though they’ve been here for 2-3 years. So while I haven’t got shrunken fabric I’m still going to explain to you the process you need to go through.
Step 1 – Roll the blinds down[01:11] Now the first thing is to roll the blind down as you would normally, so I’ll just release the rope here and let the blinds go down to the ground. So the blind is down, now if this blinds fabric had of shrunk a little bit what might happen is when I pull the zip down a little bit on one side and then try to pull the zip down on the other side it might not pull down because the fabric is too short and difficult to pull the two sides together. So how do we solve this problem?
Step 2 – Pull the zips down a little bit to start with[01:56] Well it’s quite simple, what we do is pull the zips down a little bit on each side first until it begins to get a little bit hard to pull (it’s important not to go past the point where it feels like you’re forcing it). Now what we want to do is to leave the blind in that position for a couple of hours ideally on a hot day because the sun will heat up the pvc and help it expand again.
Don’t just leave the blinds and forget about them[02:20] Now what you don’t want to do is pull the zips down and leave the house and forget about it especially if it’s a windy day and end up blowing your blinds all over the place. That’s not the result we want!
Step 3 – Pull the zips down a little bit more[02:34] So we pull them down a little bit, come back in a couple of hours and hopefully the fabric has expanded a little bit due to the sun outside and maybe the air heating up inside the enclosure and what you’ll find is the zips should be a little bit easier to pull and you might be able to pull the zips down a little bit more depending on how much the fabric has expanded.
Step 4 – Simply repeat the process[02:56] So you simply repeat this procedure by pulling the zips down until you feel like it’s getting hard to pull and leave it again for a couple of hours and keep repeating this process until eventually you get the zip all the way down to the bottom and your blinds are fine and how they’re meant to be.
Summary[03:28] So very important to remember to pull the zips down a little bit at a time as the fabric expands it will become easier and easier and then you’re good to go.