With intricate prints and vibrant designs, wallpapers have a way of working its magic in any room. That’s why colourful mural wallpapers are so popular these days! From standard prints to fully customisable wallpapers, you can instantly turn your ordinary Singapore home into a Pinterest worthy home.
Newly installed wallpapers always look fresh and inviting. The real challenge is knowing how to maintain it over time. How can you keep your wallpapers looking dust-free? How do you keep it looking as flawless as it does since Day One?
It’s not as difficult as you might think — read on to find out!
What wallpaper are you using?
Before we dive right in, the first thing you should remember is the material of your mural wallpaper. Caring for customised vinyl based wallpapers is quite different from their fabric based cousins. With vinyl based wallpapers, you can use a range of cleaning materials, including water and chemicals. As for fabric based and the standard paper based wallpapers, you’ll need to keep them dry and practice a little more precaution.
Cleaning vinyl wallpapers with cleansers
Customised vinyl wallpapers can handle a little more tough love but you’ll still want to be gentle when you’re cleaning it out. Overtime, you might spot some dust and stubborn stains. A great way to clean out your vinyl wallpaper is with small amounts of soapy warm water.
Here’s how you do it: simply drip a few drops of cleanser into a container of water and use a clean, white cloth to gently rub off stains on your wallpaper. Be sure to use only a small amount of cleanser because too much of it might cause dirt to stick onto your walls. Additionally, you want to make sure that you’re using a clean, white cloth to remove stains on your vinyl wallpaper. The last thing you want is to worsen a stain with colour marks from your wet cloth!
Always go gentle and refrain form using scrubbing pads because they’re harsh surface might cause your wallpapers to wear and tear. Only focus on spots that have stubborn stains and avoid going over clean surfaces. Once you’ve removed any visible dirt or stains, use a dry cloth to pad the wallpaper dry and remove any excess fluids.
Cleaning fabric and paper based wallpapers
Customised fabric and paper-based mural wallpapers tend to be a little more water absorbent and you’ll want to keep your cleaning process as dry as possible. Vacuuming will help to reduce the appearance of stubborn stains and keep your wallpapers looking fresh for a longer period of time. When you’re vacuuming your wallpaper, make sure to use the soft brush attachment and avoid using force. Just like vinyl wallpapers, you’ll want to be gentle with fabric and paper-based wallpapers to prevent wear and tear.
Clean only when necessary
You might be tempted to clean your wallpapers on a regular basis but over-doing it might cause more harm and damage. Instead, clean your wallpapers only when you need to and focus on specific spots and stains. The best way to maintain your mural wallpapers is to limit contact and use as little moisture as possible.
Avoid solvent based cleaning agents
If you have a particularly stubborn stain on your wallpaper that refuses to come off, you might be tempted to use stronger cleaning agents… but don’t!
Solvent based cleaning agents like lacquer thinners, nail polish remover, pine oil or agents containing bleach will damage the gorgeous prints on your wallpaper. Overtime, exposure to these agents will cause discolouration, and your wallpapers may lose its sine. Stick to the most gentle cleaning methods and use only soapy warm water if you need to.
Additionally, use gentle cleaning tools like a damp cloth and vacuum only with soft bristles. Keep sponges, and any other abrasive cleaning tools at bay!
Wallpaper maintenance isn’t as tough as you might think — you just need to know a few tips and tricks to make it last. Reducing contact and moisture on your wallpaper regularly is perhaps the best method to ensure your customised wallpapers stay gorgeous for years. When you’re vacuuming, remember to be thorough and always start from the top and work your way down. That way, you won’t have to worry about faded and stained corners.
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