Wallpaper does not get dirty easily, but from time to time, they need to be cleaned properly. To keep them as spectacular as the first day, it is necessary to pay attention to the material from which the wallpapers are made.

How to clean your wallpapers according to its finish

Wallpaper should not be cleaned in any way. Avoid cleaning them incorrectly or with unsuitable products, as this could seriously damage the wallpaper.

Cleaning vinyl wallpaper

Vinyl wallpaper gives us greater resistance to washing and shock, durability and keeps it waterproof. To clean stains and dirt on vinyl wallpaper, we can use a damp sponge with water and neutral soap or rub it with a soft brush. Afterwards, dry carefully with a clean microfiber cloth.


Cleaning non-vinyl wallpaper

This type of paper does not have a vinyl coating. Types of cleaning:

Maintenance: Just remove dust that accumulates especially on the upper parts of the walls.
Spot cleaning: This is a little more complicated to clean than vinyl wallpaper. Sometimes, they cannot be completely removed. Being a porous paper, the stains are embedded in the fabric and not all of them can be cleaned.

Non-vinyl paper can be cleaned with a cloth or sponge dampened with warm water and neutral soap. Rub gently, and immediately wipe dry with a clean, dry cloth to prevent excessive wetting.


Cleaning natural-fiber paper

This type of paper is the most delicate, as it is made from woven vegetable products, which require the utmost care.

The wallpaper of natural fibers must be cleaned very delicately and dry, since it is not a waterproof paper. They usually resist water, but they are not washable or resistant to being rubbed. It is best to use a soft sponge or cloth to remove the dirt.


Cleaning cellulose-based wallpaper

It is the most traditional wallpaper, and the most delicate. It can have different resistance to washing so we must check the manufacturer’s instructions.

Ways to clean it:

  • If the paper can be washed, we can carefully pass a cloth with water, previously wrung out, and always without scrubbing.
  • If it is not, we can use a sponge for dry cleaning, made of natural rubber, to remove surface dirt.
  • If you have any stains, fingerprints… you can try to remove them with an eraser.

Tips for removing dirt from wallpaper

To keep your wallpaper in perfect condition for a long time, just follow these three tips:

  1. For all types of wallpaper, the first thing to do is to clean the surface dust with a microfiber duster and without rubbing. The appropriate frequency is once a month.
  2. If you are not sure, the first time, clean a small and inconspicuous area and observe the results.
  3. For those wallpapers that allow it, clean them with water, neutral soap and soft cloths. Gently rub the wall with a new sponge, well wrung out, and dry with a microfiber cloth.


Types of stains on wallpaper

It is common for walls decorated with wallpaper to suffer at some point a mishap that leaves an encirclement of dirt on its surface. Here we outline the most frequent stains:

  • To remove spot stains, use an eraser, especially on cellulose-based (traditional wallpapers).
  • Grease stains can be cleaned with cornstarch or talcum powder (both products absorb grease). Apply them directly on the stain and cover it with film paper for 24 hours. After 24 hours, remove the film and the product used.
  • Remember, the sooner you act on a stain, the better the result.


What you should NEVER do

To avoid irreversibly damaging a beautiful wallpaper, there are four things that are absolutely forbidden:

  • Never use bleach or ammonia, they will damage the paper.
  • Never use scouring pads or very hard sponges. Even if you use a soft sponge, do not rub vigorously.
  • Never scrape with spatulas or other sharp objects, you will make a hole in the paper.
  • Refrain from using unknown products, even if they have been recommended to us, you should first do a test in a small spot.

If you are thinking of renovating your home in an innovative, elegant, economical and easy way, and you have decided to use wallpaper, remember that you can do it yourself in a simple and easy way. Remember this tips and you will enjoy your wallpapers for a long time.

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