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Cleaning motorized blinds
#1
Hi all, 

I’m guessing many of you have blinds similar to mine; the manufacturer is Somfy, they are motorized fabric horizontal blinds.  I’ll post a picture below. 

Occasionally, specks of dirt or (God forbid) dead bugs/flies get trapped inside the blinds.  In our six months of owning the coach, we’ve just kind of learned to live with it. Until today; that was my project. Long story short, I brought an air hose inside the coach and thought I’d give that a try. It works absolutely perfect. With about 30 pounds of air,  you can start in the middle of the shade and blow the particles out to either side.  It worked absolutely perfect! And I was surprised at how much stuff was actually trapped in each blind when I started looking at them in detail. 

Bryan


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Bryan & Matt
Ionia, MI
2001 Newell #599
1983 Apollo Sceptre 35' DP
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#2
I am going to give this a try, thanks! Do you have any stains? If so, what have you tried on those?
Mike & Jeannie Ginn
2000 Newell #555
2013 Chevy Avalanche
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#3
(11-11-2017, 05:07 PM)Land Yacht Wrote: I am going to give this a try, thanks! Do you have any stains? If so, what have you tried on those?

Just one little stain that I think was a bug, and it washed but dd with a wet wrag.
Bryan & Matt
Ionia, MI
2001 Newell #599
1983 Apollo Sceptre 35' DP
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#4
Several of ours are really stained. Looks like water stains, condensation I suspect
Mike & Jeannie Ginn
2000 Newell #555
2013 Chevy Avalanche
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#5
If you don't have access to an air hose this might work:

https://www.amazon.com/CRC-Duster-Moistu...ressed+air
1993 Newell 45' 8V92,towing an Imperial open trailer. FMCA#232958 '67 Airstream Overlander 27' '67GTO,'76TransAm,'52Chevy panel, 2000 Corvette "Lingenfelter"modified, '13 Grand Cherokee.
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#6
Those are Hunter Douglas Silhouette blinds. Somfy makes the motor. (Actually they make pretty much all the drives for all motorized blinds).

I had the same problem including bad stains. I ended up replacing my blinds with MCD blinds. I had factory do installation in Fairview, TX. (just north of dallas).

MCD put in dual roller blinds. (Daylight which is kinda like a dark mesh, and night shades which are truly opaque). I could not be happier, especially with the night shades. I can make the entire coach almost light proof and that keeps my dog from waking up with the sunrise. (win-win).

Thanks for the technique on the cleaning!....but if you get tired of having to maintain the blinds, you guys might want to consider MCD.

Cheers,
bill
Bill Johnson
2003 Newell #653 Quad Slide Cat C-12 engine with Motorcycle lift 
2011 Jeep Wrangler, 2018 BMW 1200GS Adventure Motorcycle
Auburn, Alabama
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#7
My friend was having a problem with his MCD blinds and asked for my help. I ended up calling the company direct . They were very helpful....Good folks!
1993 Newell 45' 8V92,towing an Imperial open trailer. FMCA#232958 '67 Airstream Overlander 27' '67GTO,'76TransAm,'52Chevy panel, 2000 Corvette "Lingenfelter"modified, '13 Grand Cherokee.
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(11-12-2017, 06:28 AM)bikestuff Wrote: Those are Hunter Douglas Silhouette blinds.  Somfy makes the motor.  (Actually they make pretty much all the drives for all motorized blinds).

Thank you, Bill, for the schooling on the blinds vs motor manufacturer.  That might help out in the future.  Smile

Bryan
Bryan & Matt
Ionia, MI
2001 Newell #599
1983 Apollo Sceptre 35' DP
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(11-11-2017, 05:07 PM)Land Yacht Wrote: I am going to give this a try, thanks! Do you have any stains? If so, what have you tried on those?

Just one little stain that I think was a bug, and it washed but dd with a wet wrag.
Bryan & Matt
Ionia, MI
2001 Newell #599
1983 Apollo Sceptre 35' DP
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