How to Clean Venetian Blinds

How to Clean Venetian Blinds

Venetian blinds are a popular window treatment choice, as they provide both privacy and light control in your home. However, these beautiful blinds can require some regular TLC in order to keep them looking clean and fresh.

To clean Venetian blinds effectively, start by removing any dust or dirt from the surface of the louvre and then move on to cleaning the Venetian blinds cords. After the Venetian blinds are dust-free and the cords are clean, finish up by wiping down each individual slat.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to clean Venetian blinds:

Step 1: Remove Dust and Dirt from the surface of each slat and move on to cleaning the Venetian blinds cords.

Start by using a feather duster or vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to remove any dust or dirt from the surface of each slat. Be sure to clean both the front and back of the slats. If your Venetian blinds are particularly dirty, you may need to use a damp cloth to get rid of any stuck-on grime.

Step 2: Clean the Venetian blinds cords. In addition to the slats, Venetian blinds also have cords that run along the length of each individual blind. To clean these cords, you can use a damp cloth or soft-bristled brush dipped in warm soapy water to remove any dirt build up . Make sure you don’t get the cords too wet, as they could warp or break.

Step 3: Dry and rehang your Venetian blinds. Once your Venetian blinds are clean, allow them to air dry completely before hanging them up again. To avoid damage, it’s best to use a soft cloth or paper towel to dry the surface of the blinds rather than a rough towel.

And that’s it! With just a few simple steps you can have your Venetian blinds looking as good as new. Regular cleaning will help to prolong the life of your blinds and keep them in top condition.

The Best Blinds for Hayfever Sufferers

The Best Blinds for Hayfever Sufferers

On average, 1 in 4 people in the UK suffers from some form of hayfever. Hayfever – or allergic rhinitis to give it the more technical name – is the inflammation within the nasal passage triggered by allergens, usually pollen. 

Pollen is in the air for a large part of the year, usually March through to October, with spikes in severity throughout summer. It can be difficult to totally eradicate the symptoms – especially when outdoors – but there is a way that your blinds can help with reducing the impact of pollen within your household.

The Best Blinds for Hayfever Sufferers

Which blinds help with hayfever?

Louvolite, having been producing blinds since the 1960s, have now developed a special type of treated fabric which helps to tackle hayfever as well as dust mites. They call the material Pollergen, which has been designed by their very own chemists, following on their tradition of innovation within the company. 

Aside from this, having normal blinds won’t necessarily help to prevent pollen and other allergens getting into the house, but the shade and cooling impact of a blind can be something of a relief for anyone suffering from the symptoms of hayfever.


How do Pollergen blinds work?

Easily distributed through the air due to their microscopic, lightweight nature, pollen can often enter your home through your windows – even when they’re not open all the way.

Developed specially by Louvolite, Pollergen blinds are treated with a chemical which captures pollen and dust when it lands on the surface of the material. This means that up to half the allergens coming into your room can be captured and neutralised. The neutralisation of pollen on the fabric means that even if the blinds are rustled or jostled, the microscopic particles released won’t impact anyone who suffers from hayfever.

Pollergen blinds by Louvolite even have the seal of approval from the British Allergy Foundation, giving you peace of mind that they really are one of the best options out there for anyone suffering from hayfever. While they don’t promise total relief from hayfever, they’re a powerful defence against the particles which trigger the allergic reaction.


Can I clean Pollergen blinds?

You can clean Pollergen blinds in much the same way as ordinary blinds, using a lightly damp cloth to wipe the surface of the blind. Don’t worry about the treatment on the material, it will naturally come to the surface of the blind to provide the same constant protection from allergens.

Coming in a variety of styles and colours, you don’t have to compromise on your decor in order to tackle allergens in your home. To find out more about the Louvolite Pollergen range, look no further than Paul James Blinds. Our team are dedicated to helping you find the right blinds for your needs and can provide them in a range of styles and fabrics. We’re trusted blinds suppliers and installers with over 8 years of experience and serve Sudbury, Colchester and beyond

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Choosing Blinds for Large Windows

Large windows can make for a light, airy and attractive home. However, when it comes to finding the right coverings or dressing for them, you can run into difficulties. Under most circumstances, windows which are on the larger size will likely require made to measure blinds and special consideration. What may be appropriate for a standard window may not be practical for large ones. Let’s take a look at some of the things you should consider when choosing blinds for a large window.


Larger windows mean that more material will be needed to cover the area and, inevitably, this results in a weightier window covering. This can make some types of blind impractical as the extra weight will put the mechanisms under too much strain. For example, the heavy swathes of fabric used in a Roman blind make them a bad choice for large windows; wooden blinds for wide windows are also a poor choice as the slats will begin to bow under their own weight.

Choose a lightweight option to ensure suitability for your large windows. Vertical blinds are a good choice and there are many choices of fabric for the slats, including translucent or opaque options. Panel blinds are also ideal for long windows, providing great shading but without excessive, weighty fabric.

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One of the most common instances of large panes of glass is in patio or bi-fold doors which are in need of covering. In these cases, it is important that you choose a blind which won’t obstruct the movement of these doors. Vertical blinds can be a good choice here as they can be retracted horizontally, allowing the slats to be completely folded back and kept out of the doorway when needed. Alternatively, perfect fit blinds are a good choice if ease of movement is a key concern as these can be fitted directly to the window frames. This means that the door can move unobstructed by the blinds, even when they are closed.  


For big windows, you may want to consider motorisation instead of a traditional opening mechanism. This can be particularly useful if you have tall and hard to reach windows where normal mechanisms would have to be adapted significantly under the circumstances anyway. Motorised blinds will require less effort and be easier to operate in comparison to a standard pulley or wand mechanism.

Motorisation can provide valuable security benefits too. The blinds can be programmed to close at particular times to keep out excessive sunlight or prying eyes. What’s more, it is possible for the system to be operated by an app, allowing you to close your blinds even when you’re away from home. Both these features can help give the impression that there is someone in your home and deter intruders.

Thermal control

Big windows can contribute to big temperature fluctuations in a room – such as in conservatories. The uncovered glass can cause the room to heat up excessively in the sun and lose internal heat in the winter months. To mitigate these effects, blinds with insulating properties should be sought. Honeycomb shaped blinds – such as Duette blinds – can be a great solution as their structure provides insulating air pockets which enhance thermal control.

Light control

To make the most of your large feature windows, you will want to make sure, even with blinds, that you can still harness the amount of natural light and expansive views that they allow. Blinds with rotating slats are a great option here as they allow you maximum control over the amount of light admitted into your home. What’s more, they can enhance privacy by blocking the line of sight into your home, without blocking out the admittance of daylight. Vertical blinds or lightweight Venetian blinds can both achieve this.


Paul James Blinds provide customers with an impressive range of high quality blinds. Our years of experience and skilled team mean that we are well-equipped to create bespoke blinds for any room or home – even for windows that are large or unusually shaped. Get in touch with our helpful team to discuss your requirements and see how we can help. We offer our high standard services throughout Colchester, Sudbury, Braintree and Bury St Edmunds.  



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What blinds are best for my child’s room?

A child’s room should be fun and stimulating so that it is somewhere they enjoy to spend time and play. When decorating the room accordingly, you will want to give due consideration to which blinds are best for children’s rooms. There are plenty of options when it comes to styles and patterns that would look lovely as children’s blinds. However, there are several points for consideration when deciding upon a blind’s suitability, which we will be looking at in this article.


When designing a child’s room, their safety should be the main concern. Some blind operating mechanisms – those that are opened via a cord or chain – can be a safety hazard for young children. Looped cords pose a strangulation risk to young children and should therefore be avoided in a child’s room.

Luckily, there are many alternatives to the common loop cord mechanism. Wand operated, hand operated or electric blinds are all perfectly safe options for a child’s room. However, if you have decided upon a cord/chain loop blind, you can improve its safety with features like loop breakers, cord tensioners or cleats. In fact, due to new safety legislation, loop cord blinds can’t be legally installed by a professional now without one of these safety features present.

Aid sleep

Every parent knows the importance of your child getting a good night’s sleep, and blinds can help achieve this. Blackout blinds will ensure your child’s room is dark and tranquil at bed time, even in those light summer months! Being in a darkened environment can help encourage sleep and signal to your child it’s time for bed. The blackout function will help in the early hours too, ensuring that light mornings don’t wake your child and prevent them from getting an uninterrupted full night’s sleep.

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Sometimes kids can be unruly and incautious and so you will need blinds which are durable enough to meet this challenge. For example, as attractive as Venetian blinds are, a slat can be easily broken or damaged and so this style is probably best avoided for your child’s room. Roller blinds are a sturdy option and come in a range of patterns and materials, with useful fabric choices being wipeable or washable.

Colours and patterns 

When it comes to choosing the pattern and colours of the blind, the range offered by a good blind retailer – such as Paul James Blinds – means you will be spoilt for choice. Seeing as the blind will be for your child’s room, why not let them help pick it? You can make it into a grown up and fun opportunity for them to help design their room. A lot of kids will jump at the chance to help make the room their own and get some input over such decisions.


Paul James Blinds offer an extensive choice of high quality blinds to their customers around the areas of Colchester, Sudbury, Braintree and Bury St Edmunds. Our skilled fitters can install numerous styles of blinds and shutters, creating a seamless, professional finish every time. For advice or further product information about blinds for children’s rooms from blind and shutter specialists, get in touch with our team today.



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What are the best blinds for conservatories?

If you want your conservatory to reach its full potential, it is important to choose the best conservatory blinds for your space. There are numerous different types of blinds to pick from, each available in different materials and styles. In part, your decision will be made based upon personal preference, but you should also keep in mind the unique features of a conservatory when deciding which blinds to get. In this article, we will consider which are the best blinds for conservatories based on several influential factors.

Temperature control

Temperature control is a vital factor when making the decision on conservatory blinds. Due to the sheer amount of glass involved, conservatories can become heat traps in summer and big sources of heat loss in winter. Shrewdly chosen blinds can be a big help in controlling temperature within a conservatory, aiding insulation in winter and discouraging heat absorption in summer.

Best blinds: honeycomb pleated blinds are one of the best options for temperature control due to their innovative design. The air pockets formed from the honeycomb shape provide an insulating layer which helps reduce winter heat loss and summer heat absorption.

Sunlight control

Conservatories are designed to let in light and break down barriers between your home and the outdoors. A blind which can shield your interior from harsh, direct sunlight but still let in plentiful light is ideal. It is unlikely you will want blinds which unnecessarily block the windows; Roman blinds can be guilty of this and, therefore, aren’t widely chosen. Furthermore, Roman and roller blinds can be susceptible to uneven discolouration as a result of all the sunlight exposure in a conservatory.

Best blinds: vertical and Venetian blinds are the top choices for sunlight control. Both types give optimum light control due the the rotatable slats which can diffuse direct sunlight without obstructing the entrance of light into the room.

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Cost will likely play a part in the decision on which window covering is best for you. The price of blinds will vary according to how big your conservatory is and which materials you choose, regardless of blinds style.

Best blinds: the cheapest types of blind, on average, are likely roller and vertical blinds. However, bear in mind that you get what you pay for, and you will not achieve a sleek, tailored, temperature controlling, long lasting, aesthetic triumph in your conservatory with basic, off-the-shelf blinds.


Blinds can be an investment, especially if you decide to go for bespoke options, so it is important they are durable. Durable blinds won’t fade, discolour or stain easily. For this reason, roller and Roman blinds aren’t very well-suited to conservatories as they are likely to discolour in the sun; insects, which are likely in a conservatory, often get caught in them too due to their opening mechanisms, leaving stains.

Best blinds: vertical blinds and aluminium Venetians (wooden and PVC Venetians are likely to warp in all the sun exposure). Neither of these options will be affected by abundant sunlight and their mechanisms aren’t susceptible to trapping insects. Furthermore, replacement slats for both can be easily acquired in case of localised damage.


If you live in a built up area and have a conservatory, the privacy which blinds can create will likely be an influential factor in your decision. Blinds which can impede the line of sight into your conservatory but which don’t obstruct your view out are ideal.

Best blinds: blinds with slats are the best option. Vertical and Venetian blinds will give you optimal control over the degree of privacy you wish to achieve. Completely closing the slats will keep your space private, and material choices can include blackout finishes. The option is also there to completely retract the blinds to maximise the view out and the light coming in.


Some blinds are more well-suited to a conservatory environment than others. An aspect which can initially be overlooked is the weight of the blinds. A uPVC conservatory with large windows will not necessarily be able to accommodate every style of blind. For example, Roman blinds can be very heavy and put undue stress on the conservatory’s frame. A blinds expert will be able to advise you on what is possible for your conservatory.

Best blinds: the weight of blinds much depends on the material used and many different styles have specific lightweight options. Lightweight pleated blinds, vertical blinds and aluminium Venetians are arguably some of the best suited to the structure of conservatories.


Paul James Blinds offer an enormous range of high quality blinds in many different colours, styles and materials for customers across Colchester, Sudbury, Braintree and Bury St Edmunds. Our range ensures that we will be able to provide a blind to suit your taste and any room of the house. Our team of experts, along with our bespoke service, means that we are ideally placed to create tailor-made blinds which will fit perfectly and compliment your conservatory. Paul James Blinds’ specialists can provide reliable advice and free, no obligation surveys to help you make an informed decision. Contact us today for further information.



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A Guide to Pairing Your Windows and Blinds

In choosing a new set of blinds, you have a lot of different things to consider; without careful planning and acute foresight, you could end up pairing a set of blinds with a window they are simply not suited for. Functionally and aesthetically, this could compromise the quality of your blinds. Therefore, to help you avoid this predicament, this month we’ll be outlining the key things you should be thinking about when pairing your windows and blinds.

Striking a Balance: Privacy Versus Aesthetics

Sometimes, striking the right balance between achieving adequate privacy and aesthetic fulfilment is a tricky one. Finding the right blinds for your privacy concerns depends entirely on the room you’re worried about; if it’s the living room, for instance, you can afford to compromise slightly on privacy to get the perfect look, but if it’s your bedroom then you may opt for a less appealing blind that offers full privacy, such as a blackout blind. Discuss this issue further with your blind specialist to determine the best choice for your requirements.

How Important Is Energy Efficiency to You?

If you have small windows, you may not need to worry so much about heat lost through your windows, but for those looking to cut their carbon footprint and save on their energy bills, large windows can be a huge impediment. To curb the threat of heat loss large windows encourage, thicker fabric blinds are more suitable, such as Roman or fitted Velux blinds.

What is the difference between shutters and blinds?

Do Your Blinds Need to Be Water Resistant?

The matter of whether or not your blinds need to be water resistant is perhaps one of the most important areas to consider on this list. In bathrooms and with windows above a kitchen sink, water (from splashes as well as vapour) and how certain types of blinds can deal with it becomes a critical issue.

With wooden blinds, for instance, you run the risk of warping occurring, and with some metallic ones you have the risk of rust. Likewise, fabric blinds can develop moulds in their folds if they aren’t properly aired out on a regular basis.

To avoid the worst effects of water damage to blinds in bathrooms and windows above the kitchen sink, there are blinds on offer that can help. These blinds need to withstand high humidity levels while maintaining respectable levels of privacy. They can include aluminium and faux wood blinds, both of which have water resistant abilities.

Expand Your Room Through Colour

If you have a small room or windows, you may often feel cramped and uncomfortable, especially if you have a lot of furniture in it. Fortunately, you can in fact make your room and its window areas appear larger than they are by using lighter colours, such as creams and light blues, for your blinds. Alternatively, in a large room blinds of a darker colour could make the room appear smaller in size, giving it a homelier feel.

If you’re searching for the ideal set of blinds for your windows, contact Paul James Blinds today. We are the premier blind and curtain specialists of the Colchester, Sudbury, Colchester, Braintree and Bury St Edmunds areas.

With over 35 years of experience in the field, we are perfectly suited to provide you with professional advice on pairing your windows and blinds, balancing aesthetic and practical uses expertly. We use only the best brands in the industry to provide top quality and reliable products at a competitive price. For a free no obligation survey of your home, contact our friendly team.



The 5 Most Popular Blinds in the UK

The 5 Most Popular Blinds in the UK

While the usefulness of blinds never changes, tastes and trends of blinds do. In keeping up appearances, it is vital to be able to monitor these ever-changing decorative trends, especially when you’re looking to re-adorn your windows. Fortunately, here at Paul James Blinds, we stock a variety of blinds and ensure that our designs are on trend at all times. But what are the most popular blinds in the UK at the moment? Here, we’ll be detailing just that.

5 – Pleated Blinds

Pleated blinds are a sophisticated design that has proven very popular in the country. These are a modern and stylish blind that create a soft, delicate aesthetic in the rooms they are installed in. A variety of soft fabrics are pleated together to create this effect, which creates a relaxed atmosphere with excellent lighting controls.

4 – Venetian Blinds

A style of blinds that has been popular for hundreds of years, Venetian blinds can be found throughout the UK and much of the rest of the world, too. They originated from the merchant city of Venice, having been brought there from the Persian Empire. It was an American, however, that designed the ingenious method of controlling the angles of the slats that is now a staple feature of the style. They can be created using a variety of colours and materials, and work well in a whole host of settings.

3 – Vertical Blinds

At number three, vertical blinds can be found throughout professional and domestic buildings alike. They are a highly functional blind design that provides a great degree of privacy control without compromising on the amount of natural light that fills the room. Timeless and simple, vertical blinds are a favourite of schools and offices, but with more pleasing colours can fit perfectly in homes as well.

The 5 Most Popular Blinds in the UK

2 – Wooden Blinds

Whether real or faux, wooden blinds have affirmed their place as one of the most popular blinds in the country. Although they are often offered in Venetian style, they may also come in other styles such as shutters and, less often, vertical blinds. However, the variety of different wood materials on offer, each with their own texture and look, make them the second most popular type of blind, regardless of exact design, in the UK.

1 – Roman Blinds

Above all others, roman blinds have proven to be the most popular style of blinds for thousands of years, and here in the UK in 2016, that’s no different. Roman blinds introduce large amounts of colour and vibrancy to the rooms they’re installed in. They are an elegant addition that folds away neatly. Moreover, they are also a great insulator. No more needs to be said about the qualities of Roman blinds; they have stood the test of time, and are the most popular blinds in the country.

When you go out to choose a fresh set of blinds, sometimes it pays to know the types of blinds are most popular. However, above all else it pays to know that your supplier will be able to provide blinds of outstanding quality, which is where Paul James Blinds can be of assistance.

Paul James Blinds are the expert blind, awning and curtain specialists of the Colchester, Sudbury, Colchester, Braintree & Bury St Edmunds areas. We use the best brands in the field to provide top quality and reliable products at a price you can afford. We offer made-to-measure blinds including Roman blinds, Venetian blinds, vertical blinds and more, perfect for use in both domestic and commercial settings. For a free no obligation survey, contact our friendly team today.



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The Best Ways to Clean Your Curtains

Curtains are a huge part of the rooms they can be found in, and in particular they are a magnet for dust and other particles that in time can alter their colour. To keep your them looking fresh and lively, it is important to clean the curtains regularly, but doing so can be a challenge for those not in the know. Consequently, in this month’s article we’ll be looking at the best ways you could clean your curtains to restore them to their better days.

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Steam Cleaning

If you don’t feel like taking your heavy or difficult-to-remove curtains down to clean them, fortunately you don’t have to. So long as you own a steam cleaner, you can efficiently clean your curtains while they hang from their railing. Key to steam cleaning your curtains is to start from the top and work your way to the bottom; this is because the runoff from the steam will be mucky and you don’t want it staining the freshly cleaned areas. Pull the steamer down over the curtains and for particularly stubborn marks: steam then scrub with a cloth and then steam again.

If the curtains become too wet, you may need to pull the steamer further away from the curtain, but at all times you must be careful not to scold yourself on the steam. You can wear protective clothing to try and circumvent any harm, but at the very least you must remain wary.

Finally, make sure that your curtains aren’t bunched up afterwards and that they can dry out fully. Failure to do so will likely result in the formation of mould on your curtains that will leave them worse off than before.

Hand Wash

If your curtains are a little on the delicate side, you could instead hand wash them to get them back into shape. Take them down from their rail – being careful not to lose the rail gliders if your curtain has them – and prepare your bathtub with a regular washing powder or one designed specifically for hand washing delicates. Follow the instructions on the washing powder/liquid for appropriate concentrations.

Gently hand wash your curtains to avoid damaging them, working through them meticulously to ensure that all areas are cleaned and the curtains don’t come out in uneven levels of freshness and colour. Leave them outside to dry, ensuring they have dried thoroughly before reattaching them to the rail.

Machine Wash

The least tedious option, however, would be to clean your curtains in the washing machine. You should be careful only to machine wash fabrics that can withstand the machine cycle, otherwise one of the other two options above would be better suited. Set your machine to delicates and hang them out on the line to dry afterwards. A lower temperature setting would be best to avoid shrinking, but if shrinking remains a worry you should hand wash them instead.

Once your curtains are fully dry, you can hang them back up on the railing, safe in the knowledge that they feel as good as new and aren’t threatened by mould. Nevertheless, sometimes curtains are just too far gone beyond saving, and it’s when that realisation dawns or when you want to completely revamp your room’s aesthetic that you need the help of an excellent curtain specialist. That’s where Paul James Blinds come in.

Paul James Blinds are the expert curtain, awning and blind specialists of the Colchester, Sudbury, Colchester, Braintree & Bury St Edmunds areas. We use the best brands in the field to provide top quality and reliable products at a price you can afford. Our curtains are perfect for use in both domestic and commercial settings, so no matter what your needs are, we can help. For a free no obligation survey of your home, contact our friendly team today.



The Best Ways to Clean Your Blinds

The Best Ways to Clean Your Blinds

Keeping your blinds clean is all important for ensuring that you’re getting the most out of them in terms of aesthetic and physical quality. Letting them get dirty is one of the easiest ways to bring a room down. Therefore, in this month’s article we’ll be teaching you how to look after your blinds and the best ways to clean them. The easiest way to discuss the methods to clean your blinds is to look at the materials that they are made of. So without further ado, we’ll begin with faux wood blinds.

Faux Wood

If your faux wood blinds have seen a buildup of dust or grime, you’ll want to tackle that as soon as possible to reinvigorate them. Luckily, you don’t need to fret too much with faux wood blinds about cleaning them delicately. Simply grab your vacuum and install the head with a soft brush and gently pass it over the blinds to both brush off and suck up any and all dust on the slats. Other solutions include wearing an old sock on your hand and carefully running your fingers along and underneath the slats to collect the dust your vacuum misses.

However, if your blinds are in the kitchen, there will be a layer of grime embedded on the slats that will make vacuuming them difficult. Nonetheless, you can still clean them easily with the use of white vinegar or other similar cleaning agents.

The Best Ways to Clean Your Blinds

Wooden Blinds

Thankfully, most wooden blinds are treated with a special finish that acts as a repellant for dust and stains, but sometimes this may not go far enough. A high quality furniture polish and a microfibre cloth can be used to effectively clean your wooden blinds every so often. Be sure to wipe each slat individually and you’ll soon see your blinds restored to their peak condition. However, should you need to give your wooden blinds a deeper clean using water to dislodge grime, remember not to saturate the wood so as to ensure the water doesn’t warp or stain it.


With the summer set to be the hottest on record, seize the opportunity to wash your blinds outside and leave them to dry on the washing line or laid out on the grass if they are too grimy to clean with a cloth.

Take care when bringing your blinds down and then transfer them outside, and then lay them down on the grass. Get your hose ready and then squirt some soap on the aluminium blinds and rinse it off, being sure not to forget the other side. Don’t be afraid to get stuck in and scrub at any stains that seem unrelenting, and then rinse it all off with fresh water. Then leave them to dry before reattaching them in the house.


Again, you should be getting your vacuum out and its soft brush appliance to clean your fabric blinds. Be sure to use a low setting to avoid damaging the blind during cleaning.

But if you discover stains on the blinds, you’ll need to go one step further than vacuuming. A microfibre cloth or sponge damp with soapy water can go a long way to solving the issue. However, you will need to remember to leave the blinds to dry out completely before raising them to prevent mould from forming.


You should use your best judgement and utilise one of the cleaning techniques listed above to tackle your vertical blinds. It may also be worth investing in a lint roller to collect dust more effectively from your vertical blinds.

Paul James Blinds are the expert blind, awning and curtain specialists of the Colchester, Sudbury, Colchester, Braintree & Bury St Edmunds areas. We use the best brands in the field to provide top quality and reliable products for the best value. Our blinds and shutters are perfect for use in both domestic and commercial settings, on patios and above windows and doors. For a free no obligation survey of your home, contact our friendly team today.




What to Look for When Ordering Bespoke Blinds

For those serious to make a lasting impression on guests and customers there are a few questions to ask from the blinds company when it comes to purchasing and ordering bespoke blinds. Knowing exactly whom to go to for the best blinds out there can be difficult if you haven’t previously purchased bespoke products before.

Therefore, in this month’s article, Paul James Blinds will be looking at what questions you need to ask when looking for the perfect place to have blinds made for your home or business.


How long has the blinds company been in business?

Experience is essential when it comes to bespoke blinds. The longer a business has been in the field often directly corresponds with the quality of the products they produce – a craftsman, after all, perfects his art with patience and time as well as skill.

How large is the blinds company?

Bigger is not always better, and with that in mind it’s worth noting that a very large company – the household brand, for instance – may not be able to provide your project with the care and attention it both requires and deserves. Larger companies with the budget to mould their image in promotion disseminated through the media can afford to lose customers after providing poor service and products, and while this may not always be the case it can happen. Hiring a smaller company with extensive experience is a way to avoid this poor service for the simple fact that they cannot afford to lose the business, and are more reliant on positive word of mouth to promote their wares.

Does the blinds company have a wide selection of samples?

Variety is the spice of life, and therefore the ideal blinds company will have a huge selection of samples for you to choose from. Everybody’s tastes and requirements are vastly different from everybody else’s, meaning the only way to please as many people as possible is to have the biggest range of choice possible available to customers. A showroom and samples also serve to let you know what the final product will look like, ensuring that you can make an informed decision about the design you want.

Does the blinds company have any special offers?

Though this might not always be applicable, you should definitely look out for and inquire about any special offers a company may have for bespoke blinds and fitting them. Sometimes a special offer may come in the form of a free no obligation survey, while other times it may be a buy one get one free type deal. No matter the offer, it will doubtless sit well and give you a better footing for finding the perfect blinds!

What are the prices, delivery and fitting times of the blinds company?

Finally, the budget you have will greatly impact the business you chose to design your blinds. However, a restrictive budget does not mean you should compromise on quality, so shop around for the best deals possible on the market. Moreover, the delivery and fitting times the business offers will be important for anyone with a hectic working day; be sure to find out whether or not these times will work for you to avoid disappointment and headaches down the line.

Paul James Blinds are the expert blinds and curtain specialists of the Colchester, Sudbury, Colchester, Braintree & Bury St Edmunds areas. We use the best brands in the field to provide top quality and reliable products at a price you can afford. For a free no obligation survey of your home, contact our friendly team today.