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How to Best Clean Your Faux Wood Blinds
By Payless Decor
9/3/2014 8:25:00 AM  

How to Best Clean Your Faux Wood Blinds 

Clean Faux Wood BlindsWe all try to keep our spaces neat and clean, but it’s no secret some areas of our homes are often neglected when we break out the sponges and mops. Baseboards and ceiling fans often fall victim—along with those pesky cobwebs in high ceiling corners—but few of these places are more frustrating and difficult to clean than the blinds.

They may look great, but trying to really clean those nice faux wood blinds properly can be a big headache. Luckily, with the help of a few products and tips you can be on your way to dust-free shades all year round.

Many people often make the mistake of dropping their wood blinds (real or not) into a bathtub full of water to soak away all the dust and grime. This may seem like the easiest solution, but soaking real or faux wood blinds can permanently ruin them. Dipping them for a minute or two might be safe, but it’s easy to walk away and forget about them. Instead, it’s better to leave them hanging to clean them off.

 

Step 1: Dust

Feather Duster


First, you’ll need to dust your blinds using a soft cloth or feather duster. Many vacuum cleaner attachments also work well for this, or you can buy a blind duster to easily clean between the slats. If your blinds have a significant amount of dust build-up, you can use a cloth dipped in a mild vinegar and water mixture to remove tough grime.



Step 2: Clean


Cleaning SuppliesAfter removing all the dust from the blinds, you can create a cleaning solution by mixing water with a mild detergent. Soak a cloth in the detergent and wring it out until it’s just damp,because you don’t want water warping your blinds. Clean each blind slat on both sides thoroughly with the cleaning solution until all the dirt is removed. You can also clean the cords the same way.

 

Step 3: Rinse

Cleaning Cloth

Rinse the blinds with a cloth soaked in just water, and then dry them. You can either open the windows to let them dry naturally, use a soft cleaning cloth to dry them off by hand or use a portable or ceiling fan to speed the process along. If your blinds are spotted with tough stains, you can blot them with soap and warm water until the stain disappears. 




Step 4: Dry

Bounce Dryer Sheets

Once your blinds are clean and dry, you can wipe them down with dryer sheets to reduce static cling and help repel dust. After giving your blinds a good, deep cleaning, it will be easier to keep them clean on a regular basis. Keeping your blinds dusted once a month will only take a few minutes of your time, but it will keep you from needing to deep clean them more than a couple of times each year. 


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Brackets for Premium Bamboo
By Jenn Lord
8/27/2014 3:02:00 PM  

Payless Décor’s Premium Bamboo shades come with a universal “L” shaped metal bracket for installation.  There are several sets of holes on the bracket that will allow you to back, top, or side mount the shades depending upon how it is turned.  There is a portion that is threaded that comes down like a screw with a wingnut and washer attached.   



The Premium Bamboo shades will be routed at the top.  You will need to unscrew the wingnut and remove the washer from the bracket.  Then, you just slip the shade over the screw portion of the bracket.  Next, just replace the washer and wingnut and then the shade is installed securely. 

The bracket is about 2” deep by about 1 3/8” long.  In order to inside mount these, you will need a minimum depth of at least ½”.  If you want a flush fit (where your shade is fully recessed) then you need to have at least 2” of depth. 

To back mount, you will utilize the back set of holes.

To top mount, you will utilize the upper set of holes.

To side mount, you will turn the bracket and use the back set of holes.

The hardware will be exactly the same for inside and outside mount.  Screws and dry wall anchors will also be included in the hardware packet.

Make sure to check out the measuring guide before ordering so that you will get a perfect fit: http://www.paylessdecor.com/measuring-guide.asp

You can download a PDF version of our Premium Bamboo Installation instructions here:     

BAMBOO_ROMAN_SHADE-BS01.pdf


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Add Japanese flair to your living space
By Payless Decor
8/22/2014 12:54:00 PM  

To bring a unique style to your home, you can choose decor from various cultures that will bring about a unique and exotic feel. Infusing your living space with Japanese-style decorations can add a soothing and welcoming touch - here are a few tips to doing so.

Mini zen garden

The Japanese zen garden has been a long standing tradition in the East that has been co-opted by horticulture enthusiasts. While many outdoor Japanese gardens incorporate water and bonsai trees, a large part of their composition includes sand and rocks. You can have your own tabletop zen garden by getting some smooth sand (from your next beach trip) and putting it in a decorative dish, with a mini rake as a great finishing touch.

Wind chimes

Metal wind chimes will bring soothing sounds to your home, complemented by a cool autumn breeze. Your wind chimes can be made from a variety of materials, and if you have a crafty flair you can construct your own using old silverware or pieces of metal pipe.

Tatami mats

These lightweight straw mats give a welcoming feel and are a great additional piece of furniture. They are typically made with straw and their neutral hues will go great with some bamboo window blinds. You can place them around your coffee table and store them in a closet until you have guests.


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Adding splashes of color to a living space
By Payless Decor
6/24/2014 7:34:00 AM  

There's nothing quite as boring as a room with little color. Even if you want your living space to encompass neutrals with its window treatments and furnishings, a splash of color can do wonders for a room. If you aren't interested in embracing a handful of hues from the rainbow, it's possible to add a hint of color to a space without creating an overwhelming look.

"Color is the most powerful design element," Interior Design Professional Sabrina Soto told SheKnows.com. "Colors add character to your designs. With character comes perception and emotion. Colors set the mood, tone and feel of any space."

Colors in accessories
One of the easiest way to begin incorporating color into your living space is by using it in the accessories throughout your room. This means bringing in colorful window shades, throw pillows and blankets that have a hint of color to create more visual interest. To add further appeal to the area, consider utilizing accessories that have texture as well as color.

Using black
If you're particularly interested in using a bright or bold color in your living space, consider complementing it with black to anchor the entire look. HGTV states that this is an effective way to use color in a room without going overboard. The contrast is eye-catching as well as soothing. The drama of the black can also enhance all of the other hues used throughout the space.

Whether you're interested in adding color to a bedroom or a living room, these tips can help you get off on the right foot. Take the time to narrow down your options prior to choosing one or two hues to use throughout the space. In the end, you'll be happier with the final product.

Color swatches


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Add some bling to your home with a little sparkle
By Payless Decor
4/17/2014 4:01:00 PM  

You can't put a pair of grills on your living room, but you sure can try. One of the greatest ways to dress up a room is to add a little sparkle. It can be as simple as buying a disco ball-inspired vase or as in-depth as applying silver leaf to the majority of surfaces in your home. Either way, your home will be anything but boring. 

Blinged out accessories
The use of sparkly, shiny and bedazzled accessories is one of the simplest ways to add interest to a dull room, but it's very effective. From the hardware that holds your custom window treatments to a jeweled throw pillow, shiny accents will work best if there are at least a few of them scattered throughout the room. For example, adorn your mantlepiece with an array of vases encrusted in mirrors and fill them with big white flowers to keep the space feeling inviting, or buy a few bedazzled throw pillows and put a couple on the couches and chairs and match them with some mirrored picture frames. 

Go big
You can have a room that heavily features bling and still keep it classy. House Beautiful recommended refurbishing your mantlepiece with mirrors. Not only does this add some fun shine to your room, it will also help the space look more spacious. In addition or instead of that, you could use metallic wallpaper on your walls or ceiling. If the paper has a pattern that consists of silver and white, it will likely look more delicate than loud while still being interesting. If you're not into wallpaper, you can officially use metallic paint on your walls. If an all-silver living room seems like a little much to you, restrict it to the trim or furniture. Alternately, you could use the shiny paint in a small space like a bathroom or foyer. 

Do it yourself
If you want a do-it-yourself project that is challenging, produces amazing results, and will impress your friends and family, look no further than silver leafing. Elle magazine recommends applying silver leaf to sea shells for a sophisticated nautical look, or to a small side table to spruce up a space. 

In order to silver leaf, you will need several thin sheets of the material, exactly how much depends on what scale you're doing it. The material might come with glue, but if it doesn't then a spray adhesive will likely work well. You should prime the item you're looking to silver leaf in case there are cracks in the material and the base shows through. Spray small amounts of the adhesive at a time, and carefully apply the silver leaf with a paint brush. 

Have you added bling to your room with any of our window treatments? We'd love to see!

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How To Attach a Fauxwood Valance Clip
By Jenn Lord
9/18/2013 2:49:00 PM  

All of Payless Decor's wood and faux wood window blinds will come with a valance.  This valance will hide the metal portion of the headrail of the blind and the mounting brackets used in installation.  It will make the overall appearance much sleeker and more elegant.  We also sell the Premium Fauxwood Valance separately on our website here:https://www.paylessdecor.com/Blind-Parts/Payless-Decor-Faux-Wood-Decorative-Crown-Valance.asp.  Please note that this valance will only attach to the headrail of a 2" fauxwood blind.  It will not fit over a vertical blind or any blind with a large headrail or track system.  Read below to see how to attach your fauxwood valance clips quickly and easily. 

On the back side of the valance you will see a groove. The clips you have received to attach the valance over the headrail are going to be small clear "hidden" valance clips.  They do not wrap around the valance.  

valance clip instructions

Valance clip

You will twist each clip into the back groove.

Valance 2 Instruction

val3

The open portion of the valance clip is what will be pointing toward the base of the valance as this is what will latch onto the headrail.

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val7

Attach the clips evenly spaced over the length of the valance.  You will not need a lot of these clips.  In most cases 2 will do the trick. 

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Now you are ready to hang the valance on the headrail of your 2" Premium blind.


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Drapery to Bamboo Switcheroo
By Seth
5/28/2013 11:18:00 AM  
Check out Alison's neat entry outlining her big switch from Drapery to Bamboo at her crafty weeks blog. She has a neat etsy shop too!

Before:
Before with curtains

After:
After Bamboo Roman Blinds

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Is an outside mount right for your windows?
By Payless Decor
6/20/2012 3:39:00 PM  

When you're buying custom window shades, you have the option of hanging them either inside or outside of the window frame. An inside mount offers a tidy look, but outside mounts also have certain benefits that you might be interested in.

For starters, outside mounts are good for windows that aren't quite even. If the top of the window is narrower than the bottom, you might call attention to it by mounting a shade on the inside of the frame, which probably isn't what you're trying to accomplish!

Outside mounts can also help hide older windows that have seen better days. An outside mount can even make the window appear larger, which could impact the way your room looks. For example, if you have a smaller space that's a lot taller than it is wide, you can add visual width with an outside mount that makes the window appear wider.

There are times when there is not enough depth to mount your window treatment inside in a window. Or if you have double-hung windows it is possible that there is no depth at all. In these cases you may be forced to mount out blinds on the outside.

Depending on your window configuration and requirements for light control in your room, an inside mounted blind may have a light gap that lets in unwanted light. In these cases you may want to evaluate an outside mounted blind that is 5 or 6 inches wider than your window. 

A shorter ceiling can also make a room look small, but you can lengthen the room by mounting the shades a couple inches above the frame of the window. Once you've made the decision to choose an outside mount for your discount blinds, you may never go back to inside mounts!


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How To Troubleshooting Wood Blinds
By Ron and Jie
8/16/2010 10:41:00 AM  

How To Troubleshooting Wood Blinds

This how to explains how to fix your venetian wood or faux wood blinds when the lift mechanism is stuck. 

  1. Face the front of the blind toward you. Look for the pull cord mechanism located on the right side of the blind.

 

  2. The back of the pull cord mechanism should be in the center of the hole.

     

     

      3. Once it is centered, check the cord mechanism from the top of the headrail. Make sure the cord mechanism is secured tight to the headrail.

       

       

        4. Check to see if the small hardware piece (circled below) is locked in place. It should be at the bottom of the cord mechanism.

         

         

         

        1. This is the correct position it should be in.

         

         

        If you need further assistance, please email us with any questions or concerns at customersupport@paylessdecor.com.

         

         

         

        Sincerely,

        The Payless Décor Team

         


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