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Wallpaper – How Many Different Types?

Yes, wallpaper is making a comeback! It has not regained the massive popularity from the days of the brightly colored and large floral prints that you may have seen in your grandmother’s formal room, but it is being used to bring color and patterns to accent walls and powder rooms. Depending on what type of wallpaper you choose, it can be a quick and cost effective way to change the look of any room.

Now for the big question, what type of wallpaper should you choose? Are there certain types of wallpaper that are best suited for different rooms and areas of your home? Are there certain wallpapers that are more difficult to hang than others? Why are some wallpapers so expensive?

Here are some different types and answers:

  • Vinyl Wallpaper – In commercial application, vinyls are most commonly used in restaurants and hotels.  In residential applications, they are best suited for kitchens, bathrooms, and other high traffic areas. These types of wallpapers are more durable and able to be cleaned. There are four different types of vinyl wallpaper: solid vinyl, vinyl coated, paper backed vinyl, and fabric backed vinyl.
    1. Solid vinyl is waterproof, scratch and tear resistant, durable, and easy to clean. It can be installed in bathrooms, kitchens, children’s bedroom, and playrooms
    2. Vinyl coated can be scrubbed, easy to clean, heat resistant, humidity resistant, and resistant to grease. It is best for high traffic areas, kitchens, bathrooms, family rooms, and children’s areas.
    3. Paper backed vinyl is moisture and stain resistant, can be washed, but it is not suitable for rooms and areas with high humidity. If it is installed in a humid area, the paper can separate from the vinyl or pull away from the wall. Depending on the humidity levels and length of time that the wallpaper has been exposed to the humidity and damage caused, the wallpaper will eventually need to be replaced.
    4. Fabric backed vinyl can be cleaned, scrubbed, and is durable.  It can be used in high traffic areas, entryways, children’s areas, dens, kitchens, bathrooms, and can be installed over walls with imperfections. There are three types of fabric backed vinyls that can be used for specific applications:
      1. Type 1 – light grade for light traffic areas, best for use in areas above chair rail, can be used in hotels and offices
      2. Type 2 – medium grade for higher traffic areas, best for use in hallways and entry areas
      3. Type 3 – heavy grade for areas that are can be damaged by equipment, best for use in hospitals and food service locations
  • Grasscloth is a more natural wallcovering that is made from different grasses and plants. It is more suited for rooms that need a more rustic look. Since grasscloth is made from plant materials, it can contain many natural imperfections and colors that are not uniform throughout the roll. After installation is complete, the seams are visible and the installed panels will not match. Grasscloth is not recommended for high traffic areas or areas that are prone to damage. This wallpaper can stain very easily, is very hard to clean, and does not do well in areas with high humidity. If you are looking for a wallpaper with a seamless and uniform look that flows effortlessly around the room, grasscloth is not the material for you.
  • Regular Wallpaper can be found in most home improvement stores and online. These papers come in thousands of colors and designs. Many regular wallpapers are not as durable as vinyl or as thick as grasscloth, so most walls will need to be smoothed and prepared to make sure there are no imperfections that will show through the wallpaper. Many of these wallpapers cannot be cleaned, so make sure you have enough from the same lot for repairs.

Wallpaper and wallcoverings can be a great way to add color and designs to a room or wall. Make sure you research what type of wallpaper will work best for the area. Some wallpapers can cost thousands of dollars and can be very labor intensive. If you need more information on the different type of wallpaper and costs, visit Mahones. Here you can order samples and search by theme, brand, color, and style.

If you are looking for wallpaper ideas, have questions, need help choosing the right type of wallpaper or wallcovering, need to know how much wallpaper to order, need an installation estimate, or want to schedule an installation appointment, give us a call or send us an email: Contact Us!

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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.



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!

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