How To Solve The Problem Of A Stiff Roller Blind Chain?

Blinds are the most popular window solution nowadays because of their affordable price and attractive looks. They are highly durable, and when you install them, you can use them for several years on end. However, the only problem that you have to deal with while using the blinds is the stiff roller blind chain.

There may be many causes of rigid chains, but it can be very difficult one you to fix this blind moving mechanism without having sound knowledge. So, if you are also fed up with your stiff blind chain, then all you need to do is read the ahead mentioned information and you can easily find effective fixes to this very common concern associated with window blinds. 

In this blog, we’ll be learning about how to tackle all the potential problems related to the moving process of your blinds. The winding mechanism of roller blinds is based on just a few simple things, so you can easily locate the exact root cause of your blinds causing trouble. So without wasting any time, let’s start with a few common fixing techniques for your problematic and stiff roller blind chain.

Fixing Of Roller Blinds That Stiff because of Fabric Sticking


If you are facing a problem in such a way that sometimes your blinds easily open and close, and sometimes they are completely stuck and won’t move from their place, that could be because of the struck fabric of the roller blinds, eventually affecting the entire blind working.

If you notice any loose fabric or asymmetry in the fabric of your blind, then it’s obvious that the fabric has a problem and you need to fix it. To solve this issue, start by fully extending the roller blinds when they start working, followed by checking where the fabric seems to be loosened. Tighten the fabric at that specific spot(s) and your blinds should be operated smoothly afterwards.

Fixing Of Sidewinder Issue Of Roller Blinds

Fixing Of Sidewinder Issue Of Roller Blinds

Roller blinds have chains, and they rely on the sidewinder for the smooth operation of blinds. If fabric sticking is not the problem with your blind, then there are chances that there is a problem with the sidewinder of your blinds. Sidewinder problems occur when you rarely make use of your blinds and the chain is stuck in its place because of the lack of movement.

To solve the problem of sidewinders that are noisy or stiff, you need to remove your blinds, and then separate the sidewinder machines from them. After separating the machine, now you will need a WD40 spray. Check all the moving parts of the sidewinder and then spray them. Once done, your blinds should move properly. 

You can also have the spray application without removing your blinds, however, that’s somewhat of a risky idea. That’s because the WD 40 spray can leave stains on the blind fabric, so you might not want to go for it.

The solution to this problem is that you can extend the blind fully, and then spray the sidewinder. If it gives stain to your blinds, then the stain would be restricted to the upper part of the blind, which is usually rolled with the rod and therefore does not remain visible anymore. This way, you can fix the situation easily without having any damage to the look of your blinds.

Fixing Of Snapped Roller Blinds Chain

Fixing Of Snap Roller Blinds Chain

Snapped roller blind chains are very annoying because of their tearing sounds. If you want to get rid of these snapped chains, then you just need to notice the blind chain that is sticking anywhere in the blind mechanism. Most probably, the beads of the blind chain are stuck in the gear of the blind operating system and it causes annoying sounds when you open or close the blind.

To solve this issue, you just need to remove the connector from your blinds and remove the old chain from them. Put a new, shorter chain into it and your luxury blinds will start moving smoothly without making any unpleasant sounds.

Fixing Of Blinds That Don’t Back Up

Fixing Of Blinds That Don’t Back Up - Stiff Roller Blind Chain

This one is pretty similar to the very first scenario of problematic blinds, except for the fact that this time it’s the fabric of your blinds that has been loosened. For this, you just need to detach your roller blinds from the mounting system and re-roll them so the fabric tightly gets into the system and never gets stuck in it again. After this, your blinds can easily move without any inconvenience.

Fixing Of Blinds That Don’t Stay Up

Fixing Of Blinds That Don’t Stay Up

This is one of the trickiest problems that we have mentioned in our list. That’s because in this situation the blinds cannot keep up with their actual positioning and start to fall. And when you extend them, you notice that their length is increasing, which actually is a very bad thing, since they can literally get removed from their actual positioning of installation at any point.

This is actually the problem with the springs in the blind channel. The springs get old and now they can’t bear the weight of your blinds, so you either need to remove the system of your blinds or change it altogether. You can also install new springs in it.

It is recommended that you do this process with the assistance of a professional so that your blind mechanisms remain smooth and can withstand the weight of your blinds. One major example of the situations that require professional conduct is when you’ve got heavily fabricated blinds or those with stiff material constructions.

Fixing Problems Of Spring Roller Blinds

Fixing Problems Of Spring Roller Blinds

If your spring roller blinds are creating problems in the opening and closing procedure, then you need to reset them. Remove the blinds from the window and then gradually roll them up halfway. Now rehang your blinds and then check the mechanism. Do the same process 3 to 4 times until you get the desired results.


Now you know all about how to solve the problem of a stiff roller blind chain and all the other problems related to blinds. So you can easily fix all your issues related to the chain or folding of your roller blinds. And with the above-mentioned ways, you can also try fixing the other window blind types, without spending on any costly fixing services. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

It is not a favorable or even good idea to wash roller blinds in a machine since their fabric is prone to creasing, pilling or folding and at worst, permanent damage. Therefore, it’s a safer approach and highly recommended idea to wash your roller blinds with your hands, so that they don’t get affected in any way.

In the first place, it is important to know that there is no perfect substitute to the WD40 Spray, however, you can switch to some alternatives, in case of unavailability. Some of the major options in this regard are Plumber’s grease, Squeezable oil, Dry film lubricants, various Silicone-based products and the most basic one is the Petroleum Jelly.

You can make use of an adhesive tape for this purpose, and can stick it to the top of your blinds, followed by peeling back the strip and firmly pressing the blinds into the window frame. It’s quite a mess-free way to have the blinds fitted, since you won’t need any brackets or even screws to make your blinds stay up.

Yes, you can totally install your Roller window blinds to the frames of your uPVC Windows with the help of screw fittings. This is quite an easy and effortless method of window treatment and can be used to hang your desired curtains, as well.

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