Cleaning wallpaper doesn’t have to be as difficult as you think, but first, you must understand how to clean fabric wallpaper. Usually, most wallpapers can actually be wet cleaned as long as you are careful. However there are a few things to consider when you have a wallpaper that is heavily textured or fabric that is different than your average flat wallpaper that may have a plastic coat over the top. Below are a few things to consider when cleaning your wallpaper.
The first thing you should do is check the manufacturer’s guidelines. All wallpapers differ in content and coating, therefore you should follow the manufacturer’s advice for appropriate cleaning methods.
These are a few types of cleaners to avoid. You should never use abrasive cleaners, scouring powder or soft-scrub cleansers when cleaning your wallpaper. These all contain which can scratch the wallpaper’s coating.
Use something soft such as a wool duster, a dry cleaning cloth or carefully use your hoover to dust the walls before cleaning.
If your wallpaper is old you should use a dry sponge, this will lift and remove any surface dirt without using moisture. The best thing to do is to rub it lightly against the surface to remove dirt.
If your wallpaper is washable or scrubbable it’s best for you to use a natural sponge lightly dampened with warm water and a small amount of washing up/fairy liquid detergent. I would suggest testing the solution in a corner to be sure it won’t remove paper or coating. If it does and if any colour does begin to bleed, stop right away. This means that wallpaper will need to be replaced.
When cleaning you shouldn’t rub too hard or allow the paper to get too wet to. After rinsing it’s best to use cleaning cloths to absorb moisture. If your wallpaper is covered in fingerprints and smudges then it’s best to remove them by rubbing them gently with an eraser.