Darker wallpapers are best for hiding dirt on them. Because of the dark colour you can’t notice how dirty your wallpapers become. Regular cleaning of the wallpaper freshens up and brightens up the room.
You don’t need any special domestic cleaner for this task – you can easily do it yourself if you realise your room looks dirty. The only equipment you need is a ladder, bucket, sponge, cloth and all-purpose cleaner.
Step by Step Guide for Cleaning your Wallpaper
• First of all check for any special instructions from the manufacturer. If you can’t find any, visit the website of the manufacturer and see if there are any particular cleaning instructions there. If so, make sure you follow them strictly.
• Before starting, cover the floor with plastic sheets or dust sheets to prevent any water dripping down the floor. The water could damage the flooring and you must take any measures to prevent this to happen.
• Once the floor is secured, brush the walls using soft or medium brush. Remove all dust, cobwebs and dirt from the wallpapers. Remember that a hard brush could scratch the surface.
• Always start from the top and do one wall at a time. After finishing with all the walls, remove the plastic sheeting and clean of the dirt. The combination of dirt and dripping water could cause mud which is more likely to cause heavy stains on the floors, especially if they are carpeted.
• Fill the bucket with warm water and add a little detergent – all-purpose cleaner or even washing up liquid. Remember that using hot water may affect the glue holding the wallpaper on the wall. Make sure the detergent is just enough to make few bubbles – too much detergent could make the wallpaper sticky and more prone to dirt.
• Using a clean sponge, dip into the water and detergent mixture. Wring it dry then using a damp sponge wipe down the walls starting from the top to the bottom. Do not use wet sponge as this may cause damage to the existing wallpaper and may loosen the glue that holds the wallpaper.
• Once you’ve done few square feet of the wall gently mop up the excess moisture using clean and soft towel. Use the towel as a mop – don’t rub with it.
• Make sure all windows are open after you finish – this will help the remaining moisture to dry up.