If you are reading this article, the wallpapers in your home are probably dirty or dull and no longer look like they did in the first days. The wallpaper in the kitchen can become very dirty and worn under the influence of soot and oils spread during cooking. The wallpaper used in the bathroom has lost its colour and surface due to humidity and water spread. The cause of black wallpaper depends a lot on its location. The brighter the colour of the wallpaper, the more visible this dirt and blur will be.
How do we know if the wallpaper is washable?
Before any action to clean the washable wallpaper, you must first check the type of wallpaper and whether it is washable. You probably realized this when you bought the wallpaper you wanted. Still, if you are going to clean pre-installed or ancient wallpapers that you need clarification on being washable, it is better to wash them more carefully.
The washability of wallpaper comes from a thin layer of PVC, which cannot be detected by hand, and the only way to understand it is through the manufacturer’s information. In the following, we will examine the cleaning methods of non-washable and washable wallpaper separately.
Cleaning washable wallpaper
As mentioned earlier, washable wallpaper has a thin layer of PVC (a type of PVC called vinyl), which prevents water from penetrating under this layer. For this reason, rough objects such as scotch should not be used in any way when washing this type of wallpaper because it destroys the PVC layer and the ability to pass the wallpaper disappears over time.
The best way to clean washable wallpaper is to soak a sponge in warm soapy water and rub it on the stains. When sanding the sponge on the wallpaper, be careful of its edges so that water does not penetrate the back. After washing the wallpaper this way, rinse the foamed parts and then completely dry the paper’s surface with a clean napkin or towel.
Cleaning non-washable wallpaper
If you are sure that the wallpaper is not washable or you need to know whether it is washable, it is better to use this method. To clean non-washable wallpaper, you’ll need a medium to mild detergent, warm water, vinegar, baking soda (optional), a spray bottle, and a towel (preferably microfiber).
- First, wipe the dust on the surface of the wallpaper with a microfiber cloth. Do this with gentle pressure, and do not pull the napkin tightly on the surface of the wallpaper.
- Mix warm water, vinegar, baking soda, and mild dish soap in a spray bottle.
- To clean non-washable wallpaper, spray the solution in a small amount from a distance of 30 cm on the wall. Then wipe the wallpaper with a tissue slowly and with vertical movements.
- Let the wallpaper dry completely.
- For more permanent stains, use an eraser or spray again on the desired area and wipe it with a towel. Never pull the napkin firmly on the wallpaper.
Cleaning washable wallpaper with the steam cleaner
It is better to use this method if you are sure that the wallpaper is washable. Also, after using the steam cleaner, you can use the methods mentioned in this article to remove stubborn stains.
Using a steam cleaner to remove wallpaper is not a good choice for humid environments, and it is better to use other methods introduced in this article in such environments.
How often should we wash the wallpaper?
If the wallpaper in your home is not washable, it is better to clean it at least every 2 to 3 months. If the stains are removed immediately, or the weaker colours remain on the wallpaper for a long time, it will be easier to remove them. Never use solvent cleaners, acetone or any strong chemicals on non-washable wallpaper.
Washable wallpaper is also better to be thoroughly cleaned every two months so that stains do not remain on it. Also, it is better to clean the wallpaper immediately with a damp cloth.
How to remove pomegranate stains from washable wallpaper
Removing stains from fruits such as pomegranates and cherries from clothes, carpets, and wallpaper is intricate. It is better to clean the wall immediately with a damp cloth as soon as it gets stained.
If the pomegranate stain is already on the wall and has dried, you can remove the colour using the solution we taught for washing non-washable walls. You can also apply a mixture of lukewarm water and laundry detergent on the pomegranate stain with a sponge and then wipe it with a dry cloth.