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Old 09-21-2016, 01:40 PM   #1
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Pleated shade no longer pleated

Our new to us has a door length shade to the bedroom that the last owner most likley always kept down and is no longer pleaded, just hangs flat. Somewhere I read or was told that to use spray starch on it and bring back up to the closed position and let dry. Has anyone done this or have a fix other than replacing the shade.
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Old 09-21-2016, 02:01 PM   #2
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WIT Club News Service Tips included this:

PLEATED WINDOW SHADES
Pleated shades can lose their shape if left in the lowered position for an
extended period of time. If a pleated shade loses its shape, pleats can be restored by the following procedure:
1. With the shade fully lowered, dampen the shade thoroughly with a good
quality laundry spray starch.
2. Raise the shade fully and let it remain raised for about 24 hours until the starch has dried and set.
3. Re-apply starch periodically (every few months as needed).

I'd like to try this on my windshield shades, but I'm afraid that the pleats might stick together when the starch dries as the pleats are tightly compressed in the closed position. Perhaps someone else has actually done this and can weigh in.
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Old 09-21-2016, 05:14 PM   #3
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WIT Club News Service Tips included this:

PLEATED WINDOW SHADES
Pleated shades can lose their shape if left in the lowered position for an
extended period of time. If a pleated shade loses its shape, pleats can be restored by the following procedure:
1. With the shade fully lowered, dampen the shade thoroughly with a good
quality laundry spray starch.
2. Raise the shade fully and let it remain raised for about 24 hours until the starch has dried and set.
3. Re-apply starch periodically (every few months as needed).

I'd like to try this on my windshield shades, but I'm afraid that the pleats might stick together when the starch dries as the pleats are tightly compressed in the closed position. Perhaps someone else has actually done this and can weigh in.
Mike,
Thank you for the information. I was ready to do it as I thought it made sence ..... but the DW wanted confirmation that it was the right thing to do.
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I wouldn't think the material would stick together when in the collapsed position. The idea is to dampen the material, not saturate with spray starch. Even if it does stick together in some places, the pleats would be easy to separate with a dull table knife,butter knife, etc.
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I wouldn't think the material would stick together when in the collapsed position. The idea is to dampen the material, not saturate with spray starch. Even if it does stick together in some places, the pleats would be easy to separate with a dull table knife,butter knife, etc.
Needing an end cap for the bottom of the shade rail my local RV part person was unable to get the correct part and suggested to look at the bottom of the rail for the shade manufacturer. It was there, I gave them a call and they sent me more than i needed at no cost.

While I had them on the phone I asked about using spray starch to get the pleats back. They confirmed that was the proper procedure. Pleats look much better but as this shade is the full length of the bedroom door it's probably a bit to heavy to hold the pleats like the others.
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I removed all of our day/night blinds and the windshield curtain. Soaked them in OxyClean and upholstery cleaner. After rinsing and letting them dry, I sprayed them with spray starch and closed them up tight. No sticking, our windshield curtain is pleated.
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My motorhome is 25 years old and I'm sure the day/nights in the back are too. They were looking dirty, I read how you could wash them and decided to try, if it didn't work was going to metal blinds. I figured they would fall apart.

Lay them in the bathtub put oxyclean in the water and poured the mixture over them and over them, they were filthy. I washed down each pleat on each side and rinsed with the shower head. Mine held the pleats, guess it was good material used in my old Eagle. I let them sit and drain, they were somewhat open. I then pulled them up tight and put them in front of a fan for some time to ensure they are dry. I read about the starch but wasn't necessary for me I'm thinking that would attract dirt anyway. Mine came out beautifully.

I am freshening up the inside anyway. I had washed my front drapes before but lots of sunfade so I'm working on new ones as we speak. Quite a job but they are going to be nice, I think they are likely 25 years old too.
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Replaced day/night with metal mini blinds. They do just had good as the other
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I just finished my new windshield curtains the other day over 60 plus pleats to sew in, what a job.
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