How to care for wallpaper
Check the roll label
Care instructions depend upon the type of wallcovering you have. This information is on the roll label, using words such as ‘washable’, ‘scrubbable’ or ‘delicate’.
Most modern wallcoverings have an easy-care vinyl coating which is designed to withstand normal day-to-day activities, but some are designed for their aesthetic value only and need to be treated accordingly.
Wash with warm water, soap, and a soft sponge
Wash with warm water, soap, and a soft brush
Delicate or non-washable wallpaper
Clean, when necessary, with a drycleaning sponge or a drycleaning eraser; test a small inconspicuous piece first.
When painted, clean, when necessary, according to the paint manufacturer’s instructions.
For best results:
- Wash from the bottom of the paper up to avoid dirty water running down the face of the wallpaper. Take care not to over-wet the surface of the paper.
- Rinse thoroughly with clean warm water.
- Blot dry with a soft lint-free cloth.
Do not use abrasive cleansers or scrubbers, products containing bleach, or solvents of any kind.
Stains and marks
Any stains and marks should be removed as soon as possible to avoid any possible reaction between the stain and the wallpaper. If a mark remains on the wallpaper too long, permanent discoloration may result.
Ordinary dirt spots can be removed with a mild soap and warm water. Rinse thoroughly with clean water. Blot wallpaper dry with a soft lint-free towel.
For more difficult stains that are only surface deep, using a stronger detergent is recommended. However, try an inconspicuous spot first before attempting the entire wall. Always rinse carefully with a clean sponge after applying a detergent.
Crayon, felt pen, lipstick and biro marks
One old-and-tried tip to remove crayon, felt pen, lipstick and ballpoint pen – but only from smooth-surfaced papers – is to lightly spray the mark with an aerosol hairspray, and then gently wipe off, with a soft toothbrush.
Rinse with clean warm water – be careful not to over-wet the surface of the paper – and blot dry with a soft cloth.
Avoid abrasive cleaning
Take care not to over-wet the surface of the paper. Avoid abrasive rubbing of spots so discoloration cannot appear.
Do not use steel wool or powdered cleaners, or active solvent-type preparations, such as nail polish remover, tar and bug removers, because they may damage the wallpaper.