Product Care Instructions

Product Care Instructions

Smooth, elegant Aluminium Venetian Blinds control the light at a touch, transforming rooms from bright and breezy to soft and subtle. The timeless style of Apollo Aluminium Venetians features over many colours across 3 slat widths:

  • Always ensure blades are tilted to 90º angle before traversing.
  • Always stack blind away from open window so that blades do not flap about in breeze.
  • Use cord to traverse blind and chain mechanism to tilt blades. Never attempt to traverse by hand.
  • If blades get out of sync, simply rotate blades to fully closed position and continue rotating chain. You will hear clutch mechanism engaging. Next rotate blades 180º in opposite direct and continue to rotate after clutch engages. Open blades to 90º, all blades should have re-aligned.
  • Control chain and cord must always be attached to recess or wall with Child Safety Clip.
  • Lubricate mechanism by spraying Silicone Spray along inside of track once or twice a year.
  • Dusk is not normally an issue for most vertical fabrics because the blades are vertical rather than horizontal. If your fabric does hold some dust, dusting with a feather duster, a gentle brush or clean dry cloth will remove surface dust.
  • A mild solution of lukewarm water may be used to remove stains and smudges.
  • Wipe with a clean dry sponge.
  • An art gum rubber is excellent for removing small marks.
  • 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, pull up only from ring or hole in centre of your blind. Your 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 by chain only..
  • For motorised blinds use remote control (See remote manual for programming).
  • Chains must always be attached to recess or wall with a Child Safety Clip.
  • Surface dust may be removed with gentle brush, feather duster or clean dry cloth
  • A mild solution of lukewarm water may be used to remove stains and smudges.
  • Wipe with a clean dry sponge.
  • An art gum rubber is excellent for removing small marks.
  • Standard Blinds Corded:
  • To raise blind pull lift cord till blind reaches desired position then jolt gently. Lock mechanism will engage.
  • To lower blind grab cord and jolt gently and allow cord to slide slowly through fingers till blind is fully lowered or reaches the desired position. If desired position is not the bottom jolt cord to engage lock.
  • Standard Blinds Cordless
  • To raise or lower blind simple grab bottom rail and raise or lower to desired position.
  • Top Down Bottom Up Corded.
  • To lower blind in Top down position, grab cord, jolt to release lock mechanism and either lower blind fully or to desired position
  • To raise blind from bottom grab cords and raise blind to desired position. Jolt cord to engage lock mechanism.
  • Note that Top down part of blind must be raised before bottom up part of blind can be raised.
  • Top down part of blind will stack to about 1/3 of drop when lowered down.
  • Top Down Bottom Up Cordless.
  • To lower blind in Top down position, grab mid rail and guide blind to desired position.
  • To raise blind from bottom grab bottom rail and raise blind to desired position.
  • Note that Top down part of blind must be raised before bottom up part of blind can be raised.
  • Top down part of blind will stack to about 1/3 of drop when lowered down.
  • Care:
  • To clean blind spot clean with a damp cloth.
  • To clean cell simply hold fabric and use accessory of vacuum clean to draw out dust or insects.
  • 16mm Micro and 25mm Slimline
  • Wand 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 blades.
  • Guarantee will be voided if blinds show signs of miss use.
  • 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
  • Cord Operated:
  • To lower blind grab cord, jolt to release mechanism and lower to either desired position or bottom. To lock in desired position simply jolt cord.
  • To raise blind, grab cord and raise to desired position, then jolt cord to engage lock. When blind is raised cord should be cleated to keep out of reach of children.
  • Chain Operated:
  • To raise or lower blind simply rotate chain till blind reaches desired position.
  • Chain must to attach to wall or recess using a Child Safe clip.
  • Care:
  • Surface dust may be removed with gentle brush, feather duster or clean dry cloth.
  • A mild solution of lukewarm water may be used to remove stains and smudges.
  • Wipe with a clean dry sponge.
  • An art gum rubber is excellent for removing small marks.
  • Panel Glides
  • Use wand to glide panels to desired open or closed position.
  • Do not grab fabric to traverse blind
  • Surface dust may be removed with gentle brush, feather duster or clean dry cloth.
  • A mild solution of lukewarm water may be used to remove stains and smudges.
  • Wipe with a clean dry sponge.
  • An art gum rubber is excellent for removing small marks.
  • Operation of Shutters
  • Take note of the details below to learn about the operation of shutters.
  • Opening the Blades
  • Clearview System: These will open by twisting the slats. You should do this by using both hands so that an equal amount of force is placed on the top top and bottom off the blades you are trying to open.
  • Centre tilt Bar: Move the Centre Tilt Bar in the direction you wish the blades to move.
  • Opening Your Plantation Shutters
  • All Shutter blades must be closed before opening your shutters out.
  • Hinged: With care, pull the shutters open. Use tow hands to direct equal force on the shutter.
  • Bi-Fold: With care, pull the shutter towards you with the blades in the closed position. The shutter will fold up against the other shutter next to it. Continue until the shutter is fully open.
  • Sliding: With care, slide the shutter to the side of the window or door.
  • Cleaning
  • Cleaning of Shutters is not a difficult process. If you choose to do it yourself or have them cleaned professionally, please follow these instructions:
  • Shutters should be cleaned on a regular basis to prevent build-up of foreign materials.
  • Most dust can be removed with the soft brush attachment of your vacuum cleaner. If you do not have one of these brushes use a feather duster.
  • To remove light marks from the slats, Apollo suggests using a new damp cloth. Avoid excess moisture on the cloth.
  • For stubborn marks, you may need to use a mild cleaning agent. This should be tested on a small inconspicuous area first to ensure the cleaning agent will not damage the shutters. Before using any cleaning agent, Apollo recommends that you contact your local showroom for further advice.
  • Do not let rain fall on timber shutters. If the shutters get wet, they should be dried immediately.
  • In seaside locations, the salt from the sea mist should be cleaned off on a regular basis. Every two weeks is recommended.
  • To slow the effects of fading from the sun, Apollo recommends that you alternate the side of the slats that are facing the sun.
  • NATURAL MANUFACTURING CHARACTERISTICS: It is important to understand that there is a possibility of wrinkles & undulations in fabric awnings due to vertical joins, hems or side splines. Whilst we endeavour to eliminate visible uncertainties, these are characteristic to the rolling of fabric & will not deter from the performance nor the life of the product.
WEATHER:
  • Fabric Awnings are specifically designed to create shade and are not recommended as a wind break. Do not expose Awnings to extreme weather conditions - Awnings should be rolled up in windy or stormy weather excluding Ziptraks.
  • Ziptrak®: This strong and robust system is commonly installed throughout coastal regions and locations prone to high winds.
  • In windy conditions, blinds should be left down and locked, or fully retracted – half way is the most vulnerable position. During severe weather events, your blinds should be fully retracted.
  • You may find Ziptrak® spring-balanced blinds are a little tricky to operate during windy conditions due to the pressure of the wind on the blind material. Use your hand to push against the blind material to reduce this pressure and then operate the blind.
  • Care must be taken when operating motorized Ziptrak® blinds in windy conditions. They must be supervised whilst raising and lowering at all times.
PERIODIC CLEANING:
  • Keep the fabric clean by brushing both the top and underside with a soft brush. Hosing occasionally on a hot day with cold water will minimise the development of algae, mildew and fungi by removing dust and grime.
  • 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.
STAINS:
  • Clean thoroughly with a non-abrasive household cleaner (except for Clear PVC) and rinse immediately with clean water and dry thoroughly. For Clear PVC use a diluted solution of mild soap and warm water. Rinse with clean 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 monthly bases.
OPERATING:
  • Spring operated: Always grab from centre of bottom rail to raise or lower. Use boat hook if required With Auto lock Arm pull bottom rail down to 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 before, using rope motor or gear mechanism to roll up awnings.
  • Pivot Arm Awnings: Use Rope, Gear or Motor to operate awning. Roll awning down to desired position. If awning is operated by rope or tape (without winder box) wrap rope or tape around cleat to lock into position.
  • Motorisation: When operating motorised awnings always ensure that there are no obstructions in the way of awning. Always press stop before changing direction.
  • Operation
  • Strap - Take hold of strap, pull down from top to raise shutter, pull up from strap case to lower
  • Winder - Use winder handle to raise and lower shutter
  • Low Voltage - Ensure that controller is in holster, price up to raise, down to lower. Always press stop before changing direction. NEVER CHANGE DIRECTION BEFORE PRESSING STOP
  • 240 volt Standard - Press toggle switch on wall to raise and lower shutter. Ensure shutter has stopped before changing direction.
  • 240 Volt RTS - Use remote control , I if single channel remote simply press either UP or DOWN to take shutter in desired direction. If you have a multi channel remote, select the correct channel for the shutter or shutters you wish to operate and press either UP or Down. ALWAYS PRESS STOP BEFORE CHANGING DIRECTION
  • CAUTION: Always ensure that there are no obstructions, for example brooms leaning in window, tools or toys left on ledge that will impede the operating of the shutter. Such obstructions can cause the shutter to foul.
  • Cleaning:
  • Your Roller shutters can be dusted with a cloth or simply hosed down to wash away dirt and grime. Dry with cloth, or always to dry in sun before rolling shutter
  • Do not allow cleaning agents to come in contact with Fabric.
  • DO NOT USE CHEMICAL CLEANERS ON CELLULAR SHADE FABRIC
  • General Cleaning:
  • Your Contour shade may gather dust and from time to time need cleaning. Use a hair dryer on cold to gently remove dust, or use an anti-static soft brush or cloth to gently attract dust from the fabric.
  • Spot Cleaning:
  • The contour shade fabric should be treated carefully and gently when spot cleaning. Use a damp cloth with a very mild detergent and gently “dab” the affected area. Harsh rubbing will remove the stiffening and possibly the colour of the fabric and distort is surface. It is vital that the fabric not be cresed during this process.
  • Insects:
  • Occasionally insects may get trapped and die in the blind folds. Use a hair dryer on cold and blow through the ends of the blind to remove the insects. Leaving insects inside when drawing the blind up, may cause the fabric to mark.
  • Stainless steel security door should ONLY ever need to be washed with a soft brush using warm water and mild detergent. Rinse will with fresh water to remove any detergent residue.
  • DO NOT USE strong detergents or abrasive cleaners as they may scratch or damage the surface finish.
  • For use on polyester/cotton, polyester mixture and polyester fabrics, woven or knitted:
  • Remove hooks, rings and trims before cleaning. Gently vacuum regularly with appropriate attachment. Warm hand wash.
  • DO NOT bleach. DO NOT rub or wring.
  • Drip dry in shade. For best results hang curtains by their hooks to damp dry immediately. Use warm iron.
  • Coated fabrics. Dry clean or wash. For use on acrylic foam backed fabrics and flock coated fabrics of both man-made and cotton:
  • Regular care will minimise the need for additional cleaning. Gently vacuum with appropriate attachment. Always excercise caution when spot cleaning. Test clean on non-exposed surface. Avoid excessive rubbing and abrasion. Remove hooks, rings and trims before cleaning.
  • For use on viscose/acetate and other fabrics which may shrink, such as bulky cottons:
  • Protect against sunlight with lining or other shading devices. Remove hooks, rings and trims before cleaning. Gently vacuum regularly with appropriate attachment. Do not wash. Use warm iron.
  • Protect against sunlight with lining or other shading devices. Remove hooks, rings and trims before cleaning. Gently vacuum regularly with appropriate attachment. Do not wash. Use warm iron.
  • Dry cleanable. Possible shrinkage 3%.
  • For use on acrylic foam backed fabrics, flock coated fabrics and thermal coated fabrics of both man-made fibres and cotton:
  • Regular care will minimise the need for additional cleaning. Gently vacuum regularly with appropriate attachment. Always exercise caution when spot cleaning. Test clean on non-exposed surface. Avoid excessive rubbing and abrasion.
  • DO NOT dry clean. Possible shrinkage 3%.
  • Surface dust can be removed by using a clean soft brush or feather duster.
  • Because of the variations in Veri Shade® fabrics, we recommend you spot clean a small area as a test first.
  • Lightly hand wash and dry Veri Shades.
  • You can iron with a cool iron or remove creases by steaming.
  • To remove Veri Shade blades simply unhook the fabric by lifting up and out.

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