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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HCG CONTRACTOR 1-800-PAINTING CAN BE REACHED VIA OUR CONTACT FORM, EMAIL, OR PHONE AT 1-800-PAINTING OR 704-375-7378

 

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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist:

As the seasons start to change, you need to prepare your home for the changes in the temperatures and elements.  For the exterior of your home, here are a few things to check:

  • If you have antennas or satellite dish equipment on the roof or exterior of your home, check to make sure they are securely attached to the surface.  Check any mounting straps, screws, or bolts.
  • If you have a chimney, check for cracks or loose bricks and mortar.  Inspect the surrounding flashing to make sure it is secure.
  • Since fall is the time for falling leaves, make sure your gutters and downspouts are clean and secure.
  • Check any trees that are close to your house.  Make sure they are healthy and trim any limbs that could fall on your home.
  • Check all windows and doors to make sure all weatherstripping and seals are in place.  Replace any wood trim or molding that is weathered or rotten.
  • Remove any leaves and brush from the exterior foundation of your home.  Keep the foundation areas clean to help prevent standing water and keep rotting debris away from your home that may attract bugs.
  • Turn off and drain any outside faucets.
  • Close any exterior foundation vents

For the interior of your home, here are a few things to check:

  • Test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and change the batteries
  • Check the interior sides of all doors and windows to make sure all seals are intact.
  • Test your heat to make sure it works properly.
  • Inspect and clean out the interior of your fireplace.

If you have any questions or need help with your fall home maintenance checklist, give us a call!  HCG Contractor 1-800-PAINTING is happy to perform a free fall home maintenance inspection to make sure your home is ready for the fall temperatures and elements!

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Color Characteristics

What are color characteristics?

How you choose the right color for your room or wall?  Here are a few helpful tips!

How does light affect color?

Different types of light can cause color tones to look vastly different than in the can or on a color swatch.

  • Fluorescent light amplifies cool colors and weakens warm colors.  Blue will tend to look more vibrant and yellow will tend to look dull.  An incandescent light will tend to amplify warm colors and dull cool colors.
  • Reflected light takes on the characteristic of whatever it is reflected from.  A cool reflected color will look different than a warm reflected color.
  • Regular light when low, will make a color look dark and reduce the color’s intensity.  When regular light is high, it will increase the color’s intensity.  If there is too much regular light, it can cause colors to look washed out.
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How can you use color to make a room look smaller or larger?

  • Warm colors tend to make a room feel smaller, and can be used to make a large cold room feel warm and intimate.  Some examples of warm colors are: yellow, red, and orange.
  • Cool colors tend to make a room feel larger.  Some examples of cool colors are: blue, green, and violet.
  •  Color intensity also can affect the size of a room.  Intense colors tend to make a room small.  Less intense colors tend to make a room seem larger.  Darker, more intense colors absorb light and make a room seem small.  Lighter, less intense colors reflect light and make a room seem larger and more open.

Need help choosing the right colors for your home?  Send us an email or give us a call!  Contact Us!

 

 

 

 

Home Maintenance Upgrades for Seniors

Home maintenance upgrades for seniors is a home maintenance issue that is easy to fix if you know what is needed.

If you are thinking about how to prepare your home for when you get older of if you are preparing to take care of a senior family member, there are many simple projects you can do to make your home safer for older folks.  Here is a great article from the Family Handyman with some helpful tips:

https://www.familyhandyman.com/smart-homeowner/home-safety-tips/make-a-home-safe-for-older-folks/view-all/