How to Clean Wall Coverings and Wallpaper

How to Clean Wall Coverings and Wallpaper?

Do you love your existing wall coverings or wallpaper, but do not like the dirty or dingy appearance?  If the colors are not as vibrant as they once were, you can try cleaning certain types of wall coverings and wallpaper.  If you are to the point of wanting to replace your wall covering or wallpaper, why not give it a try?

Here is a list of a few types of wall coverings and wallpapers and how to clean them:

  • fabric wall coverings, including grass cloth – clean using a vacuum cleaner, either by using vacuum attachments or a small handheld vacuum
  • delicate fabrics, including silk and hand painted – contact the wall covering manufacturer for cleaning instructions
  • nonwashable wallpaper – try an art gum eraser or dough-type wallpaper cleaner
  • washable wallpaper – mix 1/4 cup liquid dishwashing detergent and 1 cup of warm water until a foam, use a sponge to apply the dry suds to the wallpaper

What about fresh stains on your wallpaper?

Here are a few types of stains and things you can try:

  • grease spots on wallpaper – blot with a clean paper towel, hold a clean piece of absorbent paper to the spot and press with a warm iron, replace the paper once it becomes greasy.  If that does not work, you can purchase a wallpaper stain remover
  • crayon on wallpaper – use a sponge to apply a dry cleaning solvent.  If this does not remove the color, try mixing 1 teaspoon of bleach to 1 cup of water and apply to the crayon color.
  • crayon on vinyl wall covering – try silver polish or dishwashing detergent, applied with a clean cloth
  • ink on washable wallpaper – using a cloth or cotton swab damp with chlorine bleach, lightly dab the spot.  Rinse with a cloth or sponge that has been dipped in clean water

As with all of these tips, it is best to first test any method for cleaning on a scrap of wall covering or wallpaper.  People always ask why we recommend ordering a few extra rolls of wall covering or wallpaper from the same lot.  The reason is to have extra to test for cleaning, or extra for repairs.

if you have tried any of the above methods and are still not happy with your wall covering or wallpaper, contact HCG Contractor 1-800-Painting.  We may be able to repair the area if you have extra rolls, or help you with wall covering and wallpaper replacement.

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Wallcovering / Wallpaper Repairs

Wallcovering / Wallpaper Repairs:

Do you have a wallcovering or wallpaper that you absolutely love, but is in need or repair?  If you have extra rolls of your existing wallcovering / wallpaper, HCG Contractor may be able to help!  Our crew is available to look at the damage to your wallcovering / wallpaper and provide you with options.

Prior to scheduling an appointment, here are a few questions that will help HCG Contractor to help better serve you:
  1. What is the age of your existing wallcovering / wallpaper?
  2. Was the wallcovering or wallpaper installed when your home was under construction?
  3. How many rolls of extra wallcovering / wallpaper do you have?  (Please have on site when we arrive)
  4. If you do not have any extra wallcovering / wallpaper, would you like to remove the existing wallcovering and replace it with a similar pattern?  Would you like to remove the existing wallcovering and paint the existing areas?
Here is a list of common wallcovering / wallpaper issues that we may be able to repair:
  • Scratches, gouges, scrapes, punctures, or holes – If you have enough replacement wallcovering or wallpaper with the exact pattern match that needs repair, this can many times be an easy fix.  The biggest challenge may be the age of the wallcovering.  Also, were the walls were properly prepared during the wallcovering installation process?  If the existing wallcovering is well aged, the new patch will stand out and make the surrounding wallcovering look dull or dirty.
  • Peeling seams – Usually, this is another simple repair that can be completed without any extra wallcovering needed.  Again, the biggest challenge is how the existing wallcovering was installed and is the walls were properly prepared prior to installation
  • Previous wallcovering repair has shrunk – This should be an easy repair if there is enough wallcovering of the existing pattern.
  • Bubbles in the wallcovering – This is a repair that can usually be completed without any additional wallcovering.  The difficulty of the repair depends on how the walls were prepared prior to installation.  Also, the problem may be due to a wallcovering issue.
  • Shrunken seams – This repair is sometimes tricky and may require removal and replacement of the existing shrunken areas.

If you have any questions about your existing wallcovering or wallpaper, give HCG Contractor a call.  Our crew is always available to help!

https://hcgcontractor.com/our-services/wallcovering/

If you are looking for a replacement pattern or a match for your existing wallcovering, here is one of the sites we recommend:

https://www.mahoneswallpapershop.com/