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Common problems with vertical blinds include broken blind vanes, difficulty in opening the blinds and jamming that prevents the blinds from rotating. Most vertical blind problems can be fixed through troubleshooting.


To clean vertical blinds in your home, use a vacuum cleaner to remove loose dust and then spray and wipe each slat with liquid cleaner and a paper towel. Repeat the spray-and-wipe process until blinds are free of dust and dirt.


Some tips for cleaning vertical blinds are to dust them first, to leave them hanging while you clean them and to place a towel or tarp underneath the work area. Another tip is to perform weekly cleaning to avoid major build-up of dust and dirt over time.


The methods of repairing vertical blinds vary depending on the type of malfunction, damage or other issues in the blinds. Some of the more common problems in vertical blinds include detached vanes, too much gaps between the blinds, misaligned vanes and difficulty in operating the control chords.


Replacement parts for vertical blinds can be purchased at Home Depot, Lowe's and Blindparts.com, as of 2015. The selection of available parts, brands and prices varies by retailer.


Home Depot and Lowe's are two stores that sell parts for vertical blinds. Online sources of parts for vertical blinds include Fix My Blinds, BlindParts.com and Blinds USA Inc.


The feasibility of at-home vertical blind repair depends on the problem. To repair a sticky vertical blind control, remove the cap that covers the control. Look for the star-shaped metal washer inside that attaches to the rod within the blind's pulley, and tap the control rod to loosen it.


Many cloth vertical blinds cannot be washed and should be cleaned with monthly vacuuming using an upholstery brush attachment. Periodically, a soft brush should be used on cloth vertical blinds to remove lint and dust. Brushing should be done from top to bottom to avoid detaching the individual blin


Fabric vertical blinds are best to use with children and pets in the household. Wood and vinyl blinds are less durable and can easily be damaged.


Vertical blinds can be dusted, quick-cleaned with a dry method or washed with soap and water. Vertical blinds can be vacuumed or dusted weekly to avoid the necessity for deep cleaning.