Care

How to care for your products

Thank you for your purchase. With proper operation and care your new blinds, shutters and awnings will provide you with years of performance.

  • Always ensure blades are tilted to 90º angle before gliding to open to the desired position.
  • Always stack blinds away from an open window so that the blades don’t move in the breeze.
  • Use the cord to move the blind and the chain mechanism to tilt the blades. Don’t try to move the blinds by hand.
  • If the blades get out of sync, simply rotate the blades to a fully closed position and continue to rotate the chain. When you hear the clutch mechanism engaging, rotate the blades to 180º in the opposite direction and continue to rotate after the clutch engages. Open the blades to 90º, and all blades should be re-aligned.
  • The control chain and cord must be attached to a recess or a wall with a child safety clip.
  • Use a silicone spray to lubricate inside each track once or twice a year.
  • Dust is not generally a problem for most vertical blind fabrics. If your fabric does hold some surface dust, gently clean with a feather duster, a soft brush or a clean, dry cloth.
  • For spot cleaning of stains and smudges, dampen a soft cloth with lukewarm water and gently clean. Wipe with a clean, dry sponge.
  • Small marks can be removed with an art gum rubber.
  • Shicane slats have static electricity when first installed. This dissipates after a few days, but can be removed quickly by simply wiping both sides of slats with a damp cloth.
  • For spring operated blinds, pull up from the ring or hole in the centre of the blind. The blind has been pre-tensioned.
  • To re-tension: Pull blind down, remove spring side from bracket, roll up by hand and re-install in bracket. Repeat until tensioned. Reverse this process to reduce tension.
  • Chain operated: Raise and lower the blinds using the chain.
  • Motorised blinds: Use the remote control to operate the blinds. (Read the remote control manual for directions on how to program).
  • Chains must be attached to a recess or a wall with a child safety clip.
  • Surface dust can be removed with a gentle brush, feather duster or clean, dry cloth
  • For spot cleaning of stains and smudges, use lukewarm water on a soft cloth. Wipe with a clean, dry sponge.
  • An art gum rubber is excellent for removing small marks.

16mm Micro and 25mm Slimline venetians

  • Blades must be rotated to the open position before the blind can be lifted.
  • To lift the blind, all the cords on the lift mechanism must be used together.
  • All the cords must be in the same position as the blind is lifted otherwise it will not lift evenly.
  • When the blind is lifted to the desired position, pull the cords to the outer side of the blind and the lock mechanism will engage.
  • To unlock the mechanism and lower the blind, grab all cords firmly together and pull on cords to the inner side of the blind. Guide the blind down slowly, by allowing the cords to slide slowly through your fingers.
  • If hold down brackets are installed, clip the bottom rail into the hold down brackets to stabilise the blind in the wind. Always disengage the hold down brackets before lifting the blinds.

50mm Aluminium, Timber and Smartwood venetians

  • Dual cords used to rotate blind.
  • Blades must be rotated to open position before blind can be lifted.
  • To lift blind all cords on lift mechanism must be grabbed together.
  • It is vital that all cords stay at same level as the blind is raised otherwise blind will not raise evenly.
  • When blind is raised to desired position jolt cords to outer side of blind and the lock mechanism will engage to unlock mechanism and lower blind grab all cords firmly together.
  • Pull slightly on cords and jolt slightly to inner side of blind.
  • Guide blind down slowly, by allowing cords to slide slowly through fingers.
  • If hold down brackets are installed clip bottom rail into Hold down brackets to stabilise blind in windy situations.
  • Always ensure to disengage Hold down brackets before raising blinds.
  • In winter time rotate blades to point downwards, this will direct sunlight entering through the window to the floor. As the heat rises towards the ceiling it warms the room
  • In summer time point the blades upwards. The heat will be directed upwards towards the ceiling as it enters the room and leaving quickly out of the room. This will help to keep the room cooler
  • When blind is raised cords should be cleated to keep out of reach of children.
  • To clean blind simply rotated blades closed in on direction and dust surface using a feather duster or soft cloth. Rotate blind closed in opposite direction and repeat process.
  • Blinds should be dusted regularly (approximately once a week) to control build-up of dust and grime.
  • Do not force blades apart with hands to reach window locks or handles. This force may buckle aluminium blades or fracture timber or Smartwood blades.
  • Guarantee will be voided if blinds show evidence of miss use

How to operate the shutters

Opening the blades

  • Clearview system: Open the shutters by twisting the slats using both hands. This ensures that an equal force is placed on the top and bottom of the blades you are opening.
  • Centre tilt bar: Move the centre tilt bar in the direction you want the blades to move.

Opening your plantation shutters

  • Ensure all shutter blades are closed before opening your shutters outwards.
  • Hinged: Using two hands, gently pull the shutters open.
  • Bi-Fold: With the blades in the closed position, gently pull the shutter towards you. The shutter will fold up against the adjacent shutter. Continue until the shutter is fully open.
  • Sliding: Slide the shutter to the side of the window or door.

Cleaning

Cleaning the shutters is easy. Whether you do it yourself or have them cleaned professionally, please follow these instructions:

  • Shutters should be cleaned regularly to prevent a build-up of dust and dirt.
  • Most dust can be removed with the soft brush attachment of your vacuum cleaner or a feather duster.
  • Use a clean, damp cloth to remove tougher stains or marks from the slats. Avoid excess moisture on the cloth.
  • For stubborn marks, use a mild cleaning agent that has been tested on an inconspicuous area first. We recommend talking to your local showroom before using a cleaning agent.
  • Keep timber shutters protected from the rain. If the shutters get wet, dry them immediately.
  • In coastal locations, the salt from the sea mist should be cleaned off every two weeks.
  • To slow fading from the sun, we recommend alternating which side of the slats faces the sun

As with all textiles, our fabric awnings may have some variations because of vertical joins, hems or side splines. Slight wrinkling, puckering and undulations are natural and unique characteristics in textile products and contribute to the individual appeal of the awning.

While we endeavour to eliminate visible variations, these characteristics will not affect the performance or the life of the product.

Weather:

  • Fabric awnings are designed to create shade and are not recommended as a wind break and should not be exposed to extreme weather conditions. Awnings should be rolled up in windy or stormy weather except for the Ziptrak® system, which is a strong and robust system and suitable for installation throughout coastal regions and locations prone to high winds.
  • Ziptrak® spring-balanced blinds can be a little difficult to operate during windy conditions because of the pressure of the wind on the blind material. Use your hand to push against the blind material to reduce the pressure and then operate the blind. Care should be taken when operating motorised Ziptrak® blinds in windy conditions.
  • In windy conditions, blinds should be left down and locked, or fully retracted – half way is the most vulnerable position. During severe weather events, blinds should be fully retracted.

Regular cleaning:

  • Clean the fabric by brushing the top and underside of the awning with a soft brush. Hose with cold water on a hot day to remove dust and grime, which will minimise the development of algae, mildew and fungi.
  • Awnings should not be rolled away wet. However if bad weather requires them to be rolled away wet, roll them back out as soon as possible to prevent mould build up.
  • Do not allow dirt, plants or bird droppings to remain in contact with the fabric.
  • Do not apply detergents, cleaning fluids or insecticides.

Removing stains:

  • Clean thoroughly with a non-abrasive household cleaner (except for clear PVC), rinse immediately with water and dry thoroughly. For clear PVC, use mild soap and warm water. Rinse with water and dry with a soft cloth or sponge.
  • Guarantee is subject awning being properly maintained.

Stainless steel 304:

  • Routine cleaning with soap and water is usually sufficient to maintain the corrosion resistance and appearance of 304 Stainless Steel.
  • Use a soft nylon brush to remove any accumulated dirt.
  • Wash with mild soap or detergent, then rinse in clean water and wipe dry with a soft cloth.
  • Ideally, this should be done on a monthly basis.

Operating your awning:

  • Spring operated: Always hold the awning from the centre of the bottom rail to raise or lower. Use a boat hook if required with auto lock arm and pull the bottom rail down to the desired position and release. Arms will lock Into position. For straight, pull down to bottom and lock with snap hooks. Release snap hooks before guiding awning back up by hand.
  • Drop awnings: Always ensure that straps are released using the rope motor or gear mechanism to roll up awnings.
  • Pivot arm awnings: Use rope, gear or motor to operate the awning. Roll awning down to desired position. If awning is operated by rope or tape (without winder box), wrap the rope or the tape around the cleat to lock into position.
  • Motorisation: Always ensure there are no obstructions before opening the awning. Always press stop before changing direction.

Operation

  • Strap – Hold the strap, pull down from the top to raise the shutter, pull up from the strap case to lower.
  • Winder – Use winder handle to raise and lower the shutter
  • Low voltage – Ensure that the controller is in holster and pull up to raise and down to lower. Always press stop before changing direction.
  • 240 volt standard – Press toggle switch on wall to raise and lower shutter. Ensure shutter has stopped before changing direction.
  • 240 volt RTS – Use the remote control. If it is a single channel remote, simply press either UP or DOWN to move shutter in to desired direction. If you have a multi-channel remote, select the correct channel for the shutter/shutters you want to operate and press either UP or Down. ALWAYS PRESS STOP BEFORE CHANGING DIRECTION.
  • Ensure there are no obstructions such as brooms leaning in window, tools or toys left on an ledge that will impede the shutter’s operation and cause it to fail.

Cleaning:

  • Awnings can be cleaned with a cloth or hosed down to wash away dirt and grime. Dry with a cloth or dry in the sun before rolling the shutter.
  • Stainless steel security doors can be cleaned with a soft brush using warm water and mild detergent. Rinse with water to remove any detergent residue.

DO NOT USE strong detergents or abrasive cleaners as they may scratch or damage the surface.

Our products

Whether you’re looking to update your home décor or improve the energy efficiency or security of your home, Half Price Shutters has a comprehensive range of made-to-measure Roller Shutters, Plantation Shutters, Indoor Blinds, Outdoor Awnings, Outdoor Blinds and Screens, and Security Screens in a range of fashionable colours and fabrics to suit any home.

From framing a view to ensuring privacy or cutting your energy costs, we have a range of products to suit your budget and your style. Before you choose a window treatment, ask yourself these questions: Do I want acoustic control, privacy from neighbours, full control of light or air flow or security? We can help you answer those questions. For a sleek sophisticated look, you might consider a Roller Blind. If you’re looking for a casual look that won’t date, consider Plantation Shutters. Of course, if you’re after an affordable, low-maintenance and practical window treatment, Venetian Blinds are hard to beat.

Whatever you choose, our products are made to measure to fit any space.

There are so many reasons to choose Half Price Shutters.

Roller Shutters

Our range of Shutters are affordable and practical. They are an excellent way to control privacy and security, insulate against noise and light and are simple to use and maintain.

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Plantation Shutters

Plantation Shutters are a classic window treatment – timeless, elegant and beautifully designed. This style is very practical – the blades can be angled for privacy while still capturing light and air flow.

Indoor Blinds

Half Price Shutters has an extensive range of Indoor Blinds including Roller, Venetian, Vertical and Panel Glide Blinds suitable for any home.

Outdoor Awnings

If you’re looking for stylish outdoor shade solutions, our range of Outdoor Awnings offers something for everyone.

Outdoor Blinds & Screens

Transform your outdoor space. Half Price Shutters has a great range of Wire Guided or Track Guided made-to-measure blinds to help you control your outdoor space.

Security Screens

Half Price Shutters are the experts in Security Screens. That’s why we are Australia’s first choice for customised and made-to-measure Security Screen Doors and Windows.