Window shades are great for keeping unwanted light out of your home and they can also add a little flair to the décor of your home. But when things start to go wrong, such as they become dirty and stained, or they start to curl up at the bottoms, they don’t seem to be all that great then. But lucky for you there are some easy, quick fixes for these minor window shade problems.
Fix shades that curl up
If you have a window shade that seems to curl up at the bottom, here is a great way to fix it. Get some matched pairs of refrigerator magnets and place them at the bottom corners of the window shade. You can get really creative with the style of magnets, and it will keep the bottoms weighted down preventing them from curling up.
Fix shades that won’t stay down
To fix a shade that doesn’t seem to stay down, here is what you should do. You can try to ease the tension by rolling the shade up, and then remove the shade from the bracket. Lay the shade down on a flat surface and unroll it by hand.
Now replace the shade back into its bracket and roll it up. That should fix the problem, it should roll down easily and stay rolled down.
Fix up worn out shades
You can easily fix worn out window shades by resurfacing them with a new material of your choice with spray-on adhesive or some rubber cement. You can use any type of material you like, such as an old bed sheet cut to size, old table cloth cut to size, or whatever other material that comes to mind.
When you apply the new material to the window shade, make sure to smooth down the new material to prevent air bubbles. If you don’t remove the air bubbles, they could cause wrinkles in the material when you roll the shade back up.
Remove stains and smudges
To remove stains and smudges from a window shade, first you need to remove it from its bracket. Lay the window shade on a flat surface such as a kitchen table or dining room table. Take an art-gum eraser and gently rub the stains or smudges from the shade.
You can also use wallpaper cleaner to remove the stubborn stains. When you are through removing the stains and smudges, just replace the window shade in its brackets and you’re done.
Install shades in odd shaped frames
If you happen to have a window shade frame that is rounded or odd shaped at the top, here is how you can install a window shade. Install the window shade brackets at the base of the frame and place a small pulley at the top. To raise and lower the window shade, run a cord through the pulley.
Make a temporary shade
If a window shade is beyond repair and you can’t replace it right away, try making your own window shade until you can get one. Take a towel and secure it to the frame of the window with thumbtacks, pushpins, or small nails. This will work great until you can get the real thing.
Choose a towel that is dark colored to keep the light from shining in, and a light colored towel for a more translucent glow.
So not all is lost if you have any of these window shade problems. Try some of these quick and easy fixes and you will be more than satisfied with the results. And you will pleasantly find that you didn’t have to spend extra money on a new window shade because you were able to fix the old one. Now how satisfying is it to find out you didn’t need to buy a new one after all?
Sources: Practical Problem Solver book