At some period, your vinyl wallpaper – or other material you use to cover the wall – needs a cleanup.
However, this might take up more time and effort rather than cleaning the bare wall.
Understanding the right ways to clean up the wallpaper will ease you to get rid of the dirt without having to remove the wall-plaster.
Let us follow these easy ways to remove the dirt from your wallpaper.
Table of Contents
- 1. Deciding the Method Based on Your Wallpaper Material
- 2. How to Clean Wallpaper
- 3. How to Make Your Waterproof Vinyl Wallpaper Long Last
1. Deciding the Method Based on Your Wallpaper Material
Based on the material, you can choose several types of wallpaper. The most common that people install at their home is vinyl.
Vinyl is preferable both for the wallpaper and for flooring. It is affordable, comes with various styles, and easy to clean.
Vinyl is waterproof, and that is the reason why many people also opt for this material. Its lifespan is about 10 years, quite long for an affordable piece.
The second most popular wallpaper is those that are made up of cellulose. You often find this in the old wallpaper with a flower pattern.
Even though it is eco-friendly, the wallpaper is not too easy to clean because it will be damaged with harsh chemicals. That is why modern people opt for vinyl rather than cellulose.
There is also the wallpaper made up of fabric material. The colors printed on this wallpaper are very bright and do not dull easily.
The pattern is textured and embossed on the surface of the wallpaper. That is the reason why this material is quite durable and expensive.
The fabric wallpaper is often used in the CBD’s office building to create a more subtle and professional statement.
Another material that comes up as popular wallpaper is fiberglass. This material is more expensive than the others are but it is flame-resistant.
With good care, it has around 30 years of lifespan. Besides, you can easily clean the dust on the fiberglass wallpaper surface.
2. How to Clean Wallpaper
There are several ways to clean wallpaper stuck to your home. Let us start doing it.
Prepare the Material
Before starting this process, you must prepare some materials for cleaning the wallpaper, such as:
- Cellulose sponge (only for the specific material)
- Vacuum cleaner
- Microfiber cloth
- Gallon bucket
You can also add other materials based on the wallpaper you have.
Clean the Dust
Prepare a microfiber cloth and vacuum cleaner, and then start cleaning the dust that sticks to the wallpaper.
You have to do this process regularly for at least every two months, so that dust does not accumulate and is difficult to remove.
Clean the dust carefully, especially if you use cellulose wallpaper. This material is easily torn especially if you spray on a harsh chemical substance.
For dust near the ceiling, you can cleanse it with a long-handled vacuum cleaner.
Make sure that nothing gets in the vacuum cleaner and interferes with the cleaning process.
Remove dust with a long-handled vacuum cleaner from top to bottom, horizontally. This is important for you to do so that the wallpaper is not wrinkled and damaged.
Clean with Soap
This step can only be completed if you have fiberglass or vinyl wallpaper. Do not use this method for cellulose or bamboo-based walls because they might be scratched.
Prepare the soap in a gallon bucket. Use gloves; scrub the surface of the wallpaper mistreating a sponge.
Rub vertically or horizontally in one direction only, so that there are no soap marks left in the wallpaper.
After that, prepare a new sponge. Clean the remaining soap using that thing until the wallpaper is completely clean.
Do not forget to wear gloves when doing this step to avoid allergies to the skin.
Remove Tiny Stains
Cleaning stains on vinyl wallpaper will be easier if you use white bread or a gum eraser.
Rub gum eraser or white bread on the surface of the vinyl wallpaper, and then clean with a damp cloth.
Then check if there are any stains left on the wall. Usually, there are still a few specks of difficult dirt to clean because they stick to the wallpaper for too long.
To clean these stains, you can use vinegar or special soap, which can remove the serious specks of dirt.
If you cannot get rid of that stain and we can do nothing to overcome this trouble, consider concealing it with something like a wall decal or photo frame.
3. How to Make Your Waterproof Vinyl Wallpaper Long Last
Some habits can prolong the vinyl wallpaper waterproof lifespan. Instead, apply these methods so that they are not easily damaged.
Don’t Eat Near the Wallpaper
You do not know if there are stains from the food that splash onto the wallpaper. Thus, you should eat at a place far from there.
Food stains are difficult to remove, especially on cellulose wallpaper. Not to mention, if you consume something that contains coconut milk.
Notice Your Kids
Most trouble people find from the wallpaper is that kids at home like to draw on its surface or tear it off.
If your child is too small and she/he tends to draw on the wallpaper, consider having a bare wall with the easy-clean paint.
You can use wallpaper only in rooms that are out of reach of your child.
Make Sure There Are No Insects
If you have trouble with insects like cockroaches, check that your walls are clean before installing the vinyl wallpaper.
There are many cases where cockroaches and other insects stick to the wallpaper during the installation process.
It is very disgusting and can damage walls.
Spray some bug repellent before you apply the wallpaper and wait for them to fall off.
Don’t Stick Too Heavy Object
Pasting a too heavy wall decoration can make the vinyl wallpaper torn easily.
You should choose a light wall decoration that does not damage the wallpaper, for example, such as a wall decal or canvas with interesting pictures.
Especially if you want a wall decal installation, pays attention to whether you will replace it sooner or not.
You should be sure of your choice when installing a wall decal because after you remove it, there will be rips on the wallpaper and this is not something pleasant to look at.
Removing stain from vinyl wallpaper and other kinds of wall covering is easy, but you have to prevent them from being damaged.
If you are unsure about doing this thing, a bare wall is a better choice.