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Please note I am currently on annual leave and will not be back at work now until 1/9/20

COVID-19 and the phased return to work.


Now that the peak of the pandemic is over, I am planning how I might return to fitting, and the safe working conditions and precautions that would need to be implemented in order for this to happen.


I am envisaging a general start on or around the week starting 25th May. (some fitting prior to this date by pre-arrangement may be possible)


To keep you and your family safe I will:

  • Not be fitting, measuring or consulting in homes where the client is:

    • Self-isolating.

    • Shielding.

    • Showing symptoms.

  • Only work in one property per day to avoid contamination from property to property.

  • Be hygienic.

  • Always wear clean-on-that-day clothing.

  • Clean my hands with sanitiser before entering the house.

  • Wear appropriate PPE, ie mask, gloves etc.

  • Wipe down all surfaces adjacent to the work area with anti-bacterial wipes before leaving.

  • The vacuum cleaner will have an anti-bacterial filter, and sprayed Dettol into the intake.

  • Tool boxes and tools with be wiped down at the end of each job.

  • Fitting will not take place if I or anyone in my household is self-isolating or symptomatic.


For my safety:

  • Fitting, measuring or consultancy cannot take place in homes where the client is:

    • Self-isolating.

    • Shielding.

    • Showing symptoms.

  • Social distancing of 2m / 6ft must be observed, but I should not be on my own in an empty home:

    • A third party may enter the house whilst I am there

    • I might lock myself out.

    • I may have an accident (fall off ladder etc).

  • Working with other trades to be avoided.

  • Window to be open in room where fitting is taking place (if possible) to aid circulation of air

  • Entry from outside direct into the room where I am working where possible.

  • Doors to the room(s) to be left open and lights on to minimise contact with door furniture and switches.


UK Gov guidelines are here and below is an extract:


“Tradespeople and working in people’s homes

You are a tradesperson carrying out essential repairs and maintenance in people’s homes. You can continue work, providing that you are well and have no symptoms. You should notify all clients in advance of your arrival.

On entry to the home you should wash your hands using soap and water for 20 seconds. You should wash your hands regularly, particularly after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing, and when leaving the property. Where facilities to wash hands are not available, hand sanitiser should be used, and you should carry this with you at all times.

You should maintain a safe distance (at least 2 metres) from any household occupants at all times, and ensure good ventilation in the area where you are working, including opening the window.

No work should be carried out in any household which is isolating or where an individual is being shielded, unless your work is to remedy a direct risk to the safety of the household, such as emergency plumbing or repair.

No work should be carried out by a tradesperson who has coronavirus symptoms, however mild.


I am a self-employed curtain and blind fitter based in Tunbridge Wells in Kent and as well as servicing the  local area I also cover most of the South East counties: Kent, East & West Sussex, Surrey, etc and South London. I have also been known to undertake fitting in other parts of the country such as Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Berkshire, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk & Wiltshire. I am also prepared to do international fitting having recently fitted out two properties at Aphrodite Hills, Paphos in CYPRUS, and have just completed a project in the Algarve, PORTUGAL.


I have been fitting curtains and blinds for curtain makers, interior designers, Retail shops, Offices, Schools and Hotels, as well as providing a service for landlords, property developers, architects and of course domestic properties from the most humble apartment to large country houses, for the last 15 years. I have also been invited by a major manufacturer to take part in their training sessions all over the country where I demonstrate track bending.


I mainly work with Forest curtain tracks but am happy to work with other makes such as Bradley Collection, Integra and Silent Gliss. I can supply tracks and poles as well as blinds of all types, including electrically powered remote control curtain tracks and blinds.

I'm now a member of the BBSA' and their "Make It Safe" dealer campaign and will be complying in full with the new legislation. All required products will be fitted according to EN13120 or not all. Please download terms and conditions and refer to my Child Safety page


Specialities include on-site bending of aluminium curtain tracks for bay windows, and curving for bow windows and arches. I also install and commission electric tracks and blinds and can advise you in the planning stage if you are installing a house automation system to include electronic and automatic curtains and blinds.



If you've ever heard someone tell you "Sorry - if you didn't buy it from us, then we can't help you" - you've come to the right place. Not only do I not expect you to have bought everything in your house from me!, but I carry a large stock of spares in a fully equipped van and in most cases I can repair or re-cord a broken track, rail or blind.

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E: markhowden@curtainandblindfitter.co.uk
M: 07968 606407
LL: 01892 731744

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