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A Little About Us

Forth Blinds, based in Prestonpans, near Edinburgh, began trading early in 2015 following a serious factory fire at Sunrite Blinds Ltd. The partners of Forth Blinds, Philip O’Brien and Colin Mercer, who both worked at Sunrite, have 45 years combined experience measuring and fitting quality blinds. There is no shape, size, or style of window we haven’t tackled over the years! Forth Blinds supply all types of blinds to schools, hospitals, offices, shops, care homes, government departments, student accommodation, historic buildings, houses, flats and conservatories. We always go that extra mile and get a buzz when faced with difficult and awkward projects that other companies walk away from! We’ll never give false promises regarding timescales and completion deadlines either.

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How To Clean Your Window Blinds

At Forth Blinds, we always supply and install great quality blinds and ensure that our installation team are highly skilled so that they are fitted properly. […] The post How To Clean Your Window Blinds appeared first on Forth Blinds.

At Forth Blinds, we always supply and install great quality blinds and ensure that our installation team are highly skilled so that they are fitted properly. We also know that our customers want them to look great for many years. The best way to ensure they last a long time looking fantastic is to keep them clean.

What Is The Best Way To Clean Window Blinds?

Whatever type of blind you have from roller blinds to vertical blinds the best way to keep them clean is by regular dusting. There are several ways of doing this including:

  • Gently wipe your blind with a warm damp cloth.
  • Using an e-cloth or microfibre cloth will remove even more dust and dirt. These can often be used dry or damp.
  • Ostrich Feather Dusters are great for a quick dust.

If you feel the need to add a cleaning product to your water you have to be very careful as this can change the colour of your blinds or damage them.

In the sections below we have provided our top tips for keeping each type of blind clean.

How To Clean A Roller Blind

Forth Blinds Roller Blinds

Follow our 4 easy steps to keep your roller blind looking like new:

  1. Roll your blind fully down to the window sill.
  2. Use your vacuum cleaner with an appropriate soft brush attachment to remove any dust from the blind.
  3. If your blind needs more cleaning, you can wipe it with a sponge or cloth and warm soapy water.
  4. Leave it down until it is fully dry.


How To Clean A Venetian Blind


For a very quick clean to remove dust you can close your Venetian blinds so that all the slats are flat and then wipe the blinds with a cloth or feather duster.

If you want to take time to give your Venetian blinds a thorough clean which we recommend 1-2 times a year:

  • Wipe every slat individually with a warm damp cloth. This will remove dust and any small marks. You can even buy e-cloth gloves that allow you to easily wipe the top and bottom of each slat.
  • If there are any stubborn stains, you can wipe the mark with soapy water using your usual washing-up detergent or mix a cleaning solution of 50% water and 50% vinegar. The vinegar will not damage your blind but will remove sticky or greasy marks.

If you have Wooden or Faux Wooden blinds you must check with the manufacturer for recommended products as they can be easily stained by cleaning products or the wood can be distorted if you make them too wet.


Red venetian blinds

If your Venetian Blinds are very dirty they can be deep cleaned in a bath:

  1. Place a large cloth or old towel at the bottom of your bath to prevent scratches.
  2. Fill your bath with warm water and a suitable cleaning solution such as washing-up liquid or white vinegar.
  3. Leave the blinds to soak. Depending on how dirty they are, you can leave them for half an hour to several hours.
  4. Wipe any marks with a cloth that haven’t been removed by the soaking process.
  5. Rinse with clean cold water. Many people find it easiest to hold up their blinds and spray with cold water using the showerhead.
  6. Ensure they are completely dry before hanging back up on your clean window (this is a great opportunity to give your windows and window surrounds a deep clean too).
  7. The best way to dry them is to hang them from your shower rail or outside, however, if this is not possible, use a dry cloth and/or hairdryer. DO NOT place them on a radiator as the direct heat can warp the slats.


How To Clean A Roman Blind

teal roman blinds Musselburgh, Haddington, North Berwick



Roman blinds are made from material like curtains so need to be treated differently from Venetian Blinds. Follow these easy steps to keep your Roman blind clean:

  1. Open your blind fully.
  2. A feather duster will remove some dust for a quick clean but we believe the best way to clean them is by using the upholstery attachment on your hoover. This will gently remove all the dust and stoor from your blind.

If your Roman Blind is very dirty it may be possible to have it dry cleaned or to hand wash it with a gentle fabric soap, however you must check the washing instructions on the material. Washing it in hot water or with the wrong product could result in the material shrinking or losing some colour.


How To Clean Vertical Blinds

vertical blinds by Forth Blinds



Depending on the material of your vertical blinds you can follow the instructions for Venetian Blinds or Roman Blinds.

If the louvres have a plastic-type covering or are aluminium they will be suitable to wash with a damp cloth so you can follow the instructions for Venetian Blinds.
If the louvres are a heavy fabric then it would be better to use the hoover method as with Roman and Roller Blinds.


How To Clean Pleated Blinds

Pleated blinds can be cleaned in the same was as a Roller Blinds, however, you need to be very careful to ensure you don’t damage any of the pleats.


How To Clean Perfect Fit Blinds

Perfect Fit blinds are available as roller, pleated or Venetian blinds so the cleaning instructions for the relevant type of blind can be followed.

To clean the Perfect Fit Blinds frame you can wipe it with a damp cloth, use a vinegar/water mix or a specific uPVC cleaner to remove any grease or grimy marks. Do not use bleach.

 

If you would like further information or advice on cleaning your blinds, please do get in touch or send us your top tips. We would love to hear them!

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Environmentally Friendly Window Blinds For Homes & Offices

Many of us are trying to be a bit more environmentally friendly when making purchases. This ranges from buying locally to buying products that have less […] The post Environmentally Friendly Window Blinds For Homes & Offices appeared first on Forth...

Many of us are trying to be a bit more environmentally friendly when making purchases. This ranges from buying locally to buying products that have less wrapping and are not damaging the environment during production. We are all trying our best to use less plastic and recycle it when possible.

Eco Friendly Blinds

Greenscreen Sea-Tex roller blindsAt Forth Blinds, we were delighted to find and source new high quality, eco-friendly roller blinds. They are currently available in 5 lovely neutral shades:

  • White
  • Haze
  • Pearl
  • Sand
  • Graphite

Amazingly, they are made from recovered ocean plastic waste!

Greenscreen Sea-Tex Fabrics are made from 50% recycled sea plastic waste and the fabric is fully recyclable at end of life.

If you are thinking about getting new roller blinds for your home or office then why not consider this product.

Environmentally Friendly Faux Wooden Venetian Blinds

Sunwood wooden blinds

 

Another product we sell that has good environmental credentials are Sunwood Faux Wood Venetian blinds. These luxury faux wood blinds emulate the look of wood but are cheaper, waterproof and fire retardant. They are perfect for high moisture areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. Other benefits of these blinds over wooden blinds are that the colour is not affected by the sun and they are easy to clean. Sunwood use high quality PVC to make their faux wooden blinds, therefore removing the need for cutting down hardwood trees. These blinds are also fully recyclable at the end of use.

Book an appointment and we can show you samples of these products. We think you will be very pleasantly surprised by the quality.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Temporary Suspension of Fittings and Measurings As we enter the next phase of the measures announced by the government to tackle the coronavirus spread, we unfortunately […] The post Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update appeared first on Forth Blinds.

Temporary Suspension of Fittings and Measurings

As we enter the next phase of the measures announced by the government to tackle the coronavirus spread, we unfortunately have no option but to now suspend visits to customer homes and business premises with immediate effect.

The safety of our staff, suppliers (who have all currently ceased production for the time being) and customers is our number one priority.

While we can’t physically see you all right now, our staff are working remotely and continue to be available by phone and email.

We are more than happy to be a listening ear for a chat, provide help and offer advice on blinds for when things to return to normal – whatever you need.

Please keep your eyes on our social media channels for more updates and helpful hints and tips coming soon.

Stay safe. Stay well. Stay connected. Please keep in touch with us.

Colin – 07792 976577
Phil – 07525 687812

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Home Office Blinds

There are a growing number of people who regularly or always work from home.  Those who have been doing this successfully have worked out how best […] The post Home Office Blinds appeared first on Forth Blinds.

There are a growing number of people who regularly or always work from home.  Those who have been doing this successfully have worked out how best to split their work life from home life. Now, unfortunately, with coronavirus (COVID-19) there are many millions of people working from home.  Some will hate it and some will find it suits them perfectly.

Ideally, you need a quiet, comfortable space that is your home office.  In some cases, you may have a home office room or a spare room with a desk and computer in the corner.  For many of the people who have found themselves working from home unexpectedly due to coronavirus, their office may be sitting at a laptop at the kitchen or dining room table.

We can’t tell you how to do your job at home but what we do know from previous clients is that you need an area where your computer screen and desk aren’t blinded by sunlight.  The best way to do that is to install window blinds.  Yes, you can shut your curtains but who wants to sit in the dark with only electric light on a beautiful sunny day.

At Forth Blinds, we supply and fit a wide range of made-to-measure window blinds. We can supply the perfect blinds to suit your home décor and meet your requirements.

Benefits of Home Office Blinds

Patterned roller blinds fitted by Forth Blinds

Roller Blinds

Roller blinds are easy to fit and are available in hundreds of colours and patterns. We can even supply environmentally friendly blinds or personalised printed blinds. When the sunlight is not on your screen you can roll the blind up so you can see outside and get the benefits of daylight. As the sun moves around and starts to shine into your room you can gradually roll them down but still get some sunlight.

 

 
home office Venetian blinds by Forth Blinds

Venetian Blinds

Venetian blinds are horizontal slatted blinds. The slats can be made from PVC, aluminium or wood and they are also available in many colours. For blocking sun glare, they are extremely flexible. As with roller blinds, they can be pulled down covering the whole window, or just pulled partway down.

However, they have the additional benefit of being able to move the horizontal slats. You can angle them so that you get some daylight in your room but prevent the glare on your work area.

If you have uPVC windows, you can install Perfect Fit Venetian blinds which have the benefit of no dangling cords. Not only do they look very slick and tidy but they are much safer if you have young children.

 

 

 
vertical blinds by Forth Blinds

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds have a similar look to Venetian blinds with the exception that their louvres are vertical instead of horizontal. They are ideal for tall windows but can be used in any size of window.

As with Venetian Blinds, they are excellent for shading your room for the exact amount you wish as the blind can be opened, closed or closed with the louvres tilted.

 

 

 

 

Currently, we are taking extra precautions to ensure that our customers will be safe from coronavirus (COVID-19) if we come to take measurements or to fit your blinds. If you have any concerns at all or would like more information on our window blind services, then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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Why Blackout Blinds May Be The Best Choice For Your Home

What is a blackout blind?     A blackout blind is made from a thicker material than a standard blind which prevents light from filtering through […] The post Why Blackout Blinds May Be The Best Choice For Your Home appeared first on Forth...

What is a blackout blind?

PERFECT FIT BLINDS HADDINGTON, NORTH BERWICK, MUSSELBURGH

 

 

A blackout blind is made from a thicker material than a standard blind which prevents light from filtering through into your room. Roller blinds, roman blinds, vertical blinds and Velux blinds can be purchased with blackout materials. A blackout blind does not have to be black or made from dark material.  Your choice of colours and patterns is just as varied for blackout blinds as standard blinds.
 

 

 

Benefits of a blackout blind

  1. Darkness – A blackout blind will make your room completely dark with no light seeping in at the window so they are perfect in bedrooms for light sleepers.
  2. Children & Babies – They are fantastic for children’s bedrooms especially in the summer when we get very few dark hours. A blackout blind will make their room look like night at 7pm when the sun is still up and will stop them from waking up at 5am when the sun is rising.
  3. Shift Workers – They are also ideal for people who work shifts and need to get some sleep during the day.
  4. Migraines – Many people who suffer from migraines need a completely darkened room to feel better. A blackout blind is a perfect solution.
  5. Thermal Insulation – A blackout blind will keep your room warm in the winter by stopping heat escaping and in the summer, it can help keep your room cool by keeping the sun out.
  6. Noise – They are also great for noise reduction if you live on a busy road.

pink velux blinds haddington, Musselburgh, North Berwick

Types of blackout blind

Almost all blinds have a blackout option except venetian blinds as too much light can seep in between the slats.

Roller blinds are the most common choice for a blackout blind but you can opt for a roman blind or vertical blind.  If you want a blackout blind it is best to opt for a made to measure option or you could pay extra for the blackout material and then be left with a small gap of light around the edges of the blind.

If you have Velux windows, their blackout blinds are excellent as they also completely cover the window.

Forth Blinds Blackout Blinds

At Forth Blinds, we can offer a full selection of blackout blinds in hundreds of colours and patterns.  Your blind will be made to fit your window exactly so your room will benefit from a complete blackout.  Please get in touch to arrange your free measuring service and no-obligation quote.

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How to Choose The Right Blinds For Your Office

When you’re trying to choose office blinds cost is likely to be your first consideration. However, blinds have a practical role to play so there are […] The post How to Choose The Right Blinds For Your Office appeared first on Forth Blinds.

When you’re trying to choose office blinds cost is likely to be your first consideration. However, blinds have a practical role to play so there are other factors which you’ll need to consider before you choose.

How much privacy do you need?

In business, there is more than one way to think about privacy. You’re likely to have data which you need to protect, but realistically it’s unlikely that data will be stolen by someone peering in at a window. However, if you have staff working on the ground floor they could begin to feel very exposed with people constantly looking in at them.

You could consider heavier roller blinds as long as they don’t need to be closed all the time. Permanently blocking out the light won’t be good for your staff’s overall wellbeing. Adjustable horizontal or vertical blinds will allow employees to adjust for privacy whilst still allowing daylight in.

Working with screens

As an employer, you need to comply with a whole host of health and safety regulations. If your employees spend time working with screens you’ll need to make sure that this is being done in a safe way. Providing eye tests and encouraging staff to take regular breaks from screen-based work are both key steps that you can take to protect them. However, your blinds can also have a role to play.

Screens that are positioned near windows will naturally be exposed to different levels of glare during the course of the day. A screen that is glare-free in the morning might have the sun shining directly onto it later in the day. An adjustable blind will enable your employees to reduce glare when they need to.

Practical issues

There are different styles of window blinds which could be a practical choice for your office. Whilst the type of blind is important you should also consider your choice of fabric and fittings. At home during the week, you might close your blinds once in the evening and reopen them in the morning. However, in an office, the blinds might be adjusted several times a day. That means that you need robust fittings which can withstand this. This will reduce maintenance costs and extend the life of your blind.

Fabric blinds look attractive but can be harder to clean than aluminium, PVC or wooden blinds. These allow you to maintain good hygiene standards without increasing your cleaning bill.

Public areas

We know that you want to have an attractive office environment. An office that makes visitors and staff feel welcome is good for morale and impresses your guests. We’ve worked in offices where clients have chosen to reflect their company colours in their interior design. It’s an easy way to reflect your brand and company culture. However, when you’re working to a budget it’s important to consider where your money will be best spent.

You could consider coloured blinds in public areas where they’ll have the most impact and choose white elsewhere. We can talk you through your options and help you to decide how to achieve the best effect within your budget.

Branding

You can also use blinds to promote your brand by having them printed with your logo or reflecting your brand colours. This is a popular choice with many businesses.

If you need help with choosing the best blinds for your office, get in touch with us.

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