How To Properly Clean Wallpaper

Just like any other surface in your home wallpaper gets dirty and needs an occasional cleaning. But, you have to be really careful when cleaning your paper, it’s not as durable as most other surfaces.

When cleaning wallpaper you need to be really careful not to let the paper get too wet. If you soak the paper with cleaning solutions it will come loose from the wall and it could even leave stains that are worse than the dirt was.

Normally all you’ll need to do is to dust the walls. You can do that with a soft brush attachment on a vacuum, a clean dry mop or tie or tape a clean rag on the end of your broom handle and wipe the walls working from the top of the walls down to the bottom.

If you’ve got kids chances are you’ll eventually have pencil or crayon marks on your walls. To remove pencil marks you can try a art gum eraser and gently erase the mark away.

For crayon marks, food stains or other greasy spots, apply a past made from a gentle cleaning fluid and corn starch. Let it completely dry then brush it off with a soft brush. Keep repeating the same step until the spot is gone.

Most people save the left over wallpaper just in case they need to patch a hole. But, the left over wallpaper will look new on an old wall. Hang it on a wall in the attic so that it will age just like your walls and not be so noticeable if you need to replace a small area.

Vinyl coated wallpaper is washable, but you still won’t want to use strong, abrasive cleaners. The best way to clean it is with a solution of warm water and a mild soap.

Never use any type of cleaners that have colors or dyes to clean your wallpaper. The paper will absorb the dye in the cleaning solution and it may permanently stain your walls.

Always use two separate buckets when cleaning wallpaper, one with a mild soap solution and one with clean water to rinse the residue out of the cleaning rag.

Just clean small sections of the wall at a time and start at the main bottom and work your way up to the top. If you start at the top, there may be drips that will leave streaks on the walls and will be almost impossible to remove later.

If there’s not a lot of stains on the wallpaper, just use a clean, lightly damp sponge to remove any surface dirt. The sponge should be squeezed out and not be dripping wet.

If your wallpaper has gotten damp and started to mildew, there’s usually very little that you can do except replace it. If the mildew is on the outside of the paper, it’s probably soaked through to the other side.

Mildew is a growing fungus and unless killed will spread to the rest of the wall. Since you’ll probably have to replace the paper anyway, you might want to try cleaning it with a diluted bleach solution.

Wallpaper stores usually always carry a cleaner. It will be like a pliable clay that you can rub on the wall to absorb the stains. This doesn’t always work and will depend on the type of stain and the type of wallpaper that you have.

Pay close attention when cleaning at the wallpaper seams, any liquid that soaks into the seam will loosen the glue. And, you should always clean the seams with an almost dry sponge.

You can test any cleaning solutions on the wallpaper in a hidden spot of the room. Down at the bottom of the wall is a good place to check, that way if it does stain it won’t be as noticeable.