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When decorating a room and choosing wallcoverings in the online wallpaper store, we try to predict what can happen with wallpapers, especially if there are kids or pets in the house. Thus, the first obvious damage that comes to our mind is stains – water stains, children fingerprints, and etc. Anyway, the general look of a room spoils a lot when there are fat or dirty spots on the walls.

As a rule, stains are organic or non-organic. And no matter what the reason of their appearance is, you must get rid of them and always try to prevent them. How? Well, there are some golden rules, which could be applicable not only to Phillip Jeffries wallpaper, but to all types of wallpapers that you can choose in any online wallpaper store.

Rule 1

Don’t be lazy to vacuum wallpapers in the room. To keep unique designer wallcoverings clean from the very beginning, stick to this rule: vacuum them. With that soft brush that is attached to the cleaner, it’s a simple and best-working job, especially if the wallpaper is flocked or there is some texture. Work from top to bottom; at a time it is possible to do a couple of panels.  

Cobwebs – here, you should be careful. With vacuum cleaner, take them carefully up. Many are fond of brushing cobweb away, but it’s not a good solution, as brush can streak walls. Of course, everything depends on how much your apartment gets dusty, so you dust it each month. Take a sweeper with a long handle and a microfiber cloth; or, one more variant is a broom with clean cloth. All this works nice on flat surfaces of Phillip Jeffries wallpaper or any other wallcoverings, which you can choose in Mahones Wallpaper Shop.

Rule 2

Do you like to work with dough? Yes, you’ve heard it right, we are talking about cleaning stains off wallcoverings and Phillip Jeffries wallpaper precisely. What does dough have to do with it?

Well, if your delicate reed wallcovering or, for instance, Duralee fabrics, or uncoated wallpaper got dirty, clean it with dough. Dough is a special product for wallpapers (it is, actually, called the same “wallpaper dough”), and you can buy it in every paint store. With a ball of dough (a handful of it to make such ball it will be enough), roll it across the wallpapers. Thus, you lift and collect all the dirt. To refresh the ball, knead all collected dirt inside of ball, making the surface fresh. Take another portion of dough and make the next ball if the previous becomes too dirty.       

Rule 3

    Do some testing of textured Phillip Jeffries wallpaper or any other textured wallcovering after you receive it from online wallpaper store. If wallpaper includes natural coverings like reed, grass or leather, they are very easy to be damaged with water. The same is about uncoated wallpapers – both are not washable. To understand whether you can wash wallcovering or not, sprinkle some dishwashing liquid into water and put a small amount onto the wall. The wallpaper cannot be washed, if:

    ·         Colors are running

    ·         Water is absorbing

    ·         Material is darkening

    So, the way out is cleaning wallcovering with wallpaper dough.

Rule 4

    From time to time it’s a very good practice to make an occasional wipe of wallpapers. In some spaces, like kitchen, for instance, where there are a lot of steam and grease, it is not enough just to do dusting. Once per several months it is good to make light washing. Well, in fact, wallpapers in such rooms are waterproof, as a rule. So, your task is easy one – add a squirt of the liquid for dishwashing to the water, take a natural sponge, dampen it with water, and make a quick swipe. The sponge should not be very wet, otherwise water will get under wallcovering, loosen seams and be the reason of wallpaper peeling off the walls.

    One more point for occasional washing is to do it from bottom to the top: in such way dirty water will not go down and won’t make streaks. Even if on the label it is indicated “scrubbable”, it doesn’t mean that you can put all your efforts on scrubbing Phillip Jeffries wallpaper or use any cleaners, strong and abrasive ones. By no means. This should go like that:  

    ·         Dampen sponge in clean water

    ·         Rinse wallpaper with a wet sponge

    ·         Take a towel and pat dry

    ·         If there is a necessity in additional washing, let wallpaper dry completely, and then repeat washing again

There are some ways you can clean the wallpaper and remove the stains from wallpapers:

    ·         with chalk

    ·         with starch

    ·         with soda

    ·         with bread

    ·         with iron

    ·         with toilet paper

More about these ways of removing stains from wallpaper, you may read here.

Helpful Tips

If you have a wallcovering in the kitchen with a thin paper base with an embossed pattern, then try to apply wet cleaning methods as carefully as possible. In such cases, when applying liquid substances, it is better not to rub the surface, but to do so by soaking, because embossed paper is very wet and it is quite easy to damage the pattern.

If you use a drawing with different colors on the Phillip Jeffries wallpaper or Thibaut wallpaper, try to avoid wet cleaning methods as much as possible, which, if abundantly wet on low-quality wallpaper, can dissolve the paint, which results in disastrous results.

When using the iron, watch the temperature and do not allow a strong overheating. Using napkins to blot the surface, it is necessary to work as carefully as possible, and if the napkin sticks to the coating, do not tear it away by force, but moisten it with water. This happens if the temperature of the iron is too high or you have longened a napkin to the surface for a very long time.

Using these tips, you can extend the life of your wallpaper and wait for another repair in an apartment with clean walls.

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Submitted on
June 8, 2018