How to Clean & Maintain Roller Shutters (4 Handy Tips)

Everyone knows that roller shutters are an excellent way to secure your residential or business property, while ensuring privacy and protecting your building from the weather. But like any piece of hardware or equipment, they need to be correctly serviced, cleaned and maintained regularly, or they’re not going to function at the best capacity. That’s why we’re proud to offer our roller maintenance services, so your one-time purchase becomes a lifetime investment.

Security Shutter Maintenance – Everything you need to know

Over time even modern rollers can degrade, which not only makes them look unsightly, but also opens the door for rust and corrosion (which, of course, can make them weaker and open to being damaged by intruders or harsh weather conditions).

Additionally, it’s essential to ensure the up-keep of the motor that powers these designs. Like any other motor you might deal with – from your car to your lawnmower – the motor needs to be adequately serviced and maintained, or ongoing risk of failure can arise. Avoiding regular maintenance and servicing means you could be up for costly repairs or replacements.

By giving your rollers plenty of regular care and attention, you can prevent any damage from occurring from the get-go. As with most home improvements, ongoing upkeep means that you’ll be able to enjoy your investment without major avoidable expenses to fix them at inconvenient times or when a crisis does arise.

Our roller shutter maintenance checklist

As you can probably observe with your own rollers, if you let dirt and dust build-up on your window coverings and throughout their rails, they can become jammed or become unable to function correctly. Beyond this superficial damage, excess moisture opens the door for rust.

Read on for our quick and easy list of steps for you to maintain your setup on a regular basis.

Step 1 – Brush it off

It goes without saying that regular cleaning is essential. You can do this with simple soapy water and a hose solution. Dry the shutters off with a soft towel afterwards and leave them closed while they dry. Once you’ve done this – without taking any shortcuts – they should remain crystal-clear for at least a solid month or two.

Step 2 – Consider professional cleaners for hard to reach places

If your windows are too high off the ground to reach, you can enlist a professional cleaning company’s services to do the job safely for you. Never try to clean those that are high off the ground, if you don’t have the required safety equipment and training to support you.

Step 3 – A little extra oil

Aside from normal cleaning, there are other maintenance requirements you should carry out regularly as well. The rollers, guide rails and bearings need to be lubricated with oil regularly or they are going to start sticking and can become jammed or damaged.

Step 4 – Keeping yourself balanced

At least once a year, you should have a balance check completed by an expert, as shutters can become unaligned over time. When they are out of balance, they can also become jammed and damage the motor leading to expensive repairs. If your system is at risk of jamming, the imbalance should also be visible to the naked eye, but repairs of this nature should always be conducted by a technician.

Security shutter motor maintenance

Aside from making sure the shutters themselves are in tip-top shape, you should also continue to ensure that your motor is well maintained in order to avoid any electrical or mechanical faults.

This form of maintenance should absolutely be carried out by a professional and not a DIY situation. You should have the motor serviced at least every six months. If you live in a coastal or rural area, you may want to have it looked at more regularly. This form of maintenance should also include testing of the battery backup, which will need to be replaced when the battery is running low.

You can also help improve your designs’ life by ensuring any bordering trees, hedges, shrubs and surrounding plants are regularly pruned. Twigs, branches and other plant or tree waste can become jammed in parts of your blinds that can cause damage to the motor – particularly if you live in an area with heavy wind or rain.

If you have any questions or need any additional assistance with servicing and maintenance, contact us at Secure Roller Shutters Melbourne. Our friendly team of technicians will always be available to assist you. We’re waiting for your call so we can help you out.

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