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How To Clean Wallpaper

Wallpaper is a wonderful way to transform a space to match your creative vision and style. Wallpaper is not fun to install or uninstall and can be a bit costly, so it’s important to remember that you wallpaper is an investment! In the same way that you take care of your other investments, your wallpaper should be handled with care and close attention. Let’s take a look at the different ways you can keep your wallpaper clean and looking great.


Dust your wallpaper regularly and before utilizing any other cleaning method. You can wrap a microfiber towel around your broom to use for dusting or purchase a lambswool duster. Set a dusting schedule and dust your wallpaper at the same time you dust your bookshelves and other dust-prone surfaces.

Spot Cleaning

A large majority of smudges and fingerprints can be cleaned using a spot cleaning technique. Stick to spot cleaning and dusting as much as you can to avoid any unnecessary wear and tear to your wallpaper. For newer wallpaper, use an artist’s gum eraser to spot clean. For older wallpaper, a dry sponge from a hardware store will do the trick. Clean in long strokes to spot clean as gently as possible. This allows you to remove the smudges without adding any moisture to the wallpaper.

Washable Wallpaper

Washable wallpaper is becoming more common and it’s a great choice for high-touch areas that are more prone to getting dirty. If you plan to install wallpaper in your child’s room, it’s worth it to pay a little extra for washable wallpaper! Just because it’s washable doesn’t mean you can go in with abrasive cleaners though. Use a sponge that’s been dampened with plain soapy water to wash your walls. Be gentle with the sponge to avoid damaging the paper. Follow behind the sponge with a clean towel to pick up any extra moisture. Even if you have washable wallpaper, continue to utilize dusting and spot cleaning as your primary methods of cleaning your wallpaper.

For more specific information on cleaning your wallpaper, read the manufacturer guidelines on your specific type of wallpaper. Those guidelines may also include helpful cleaning tips and techniques specific to that brand or type that you purchased. While you’re cleaning and dusting, remember to wipe down your doors and windowsills with the sponge to get rid of the remaining dust and dirt in the room!