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How To Clean Wallpaper

When you’ve taken the time and effort to perfectly hang your new American Wallpaper Company’s wallpaper, you’ll want to make sure it stays looking as fresh and beautiful as the day you brought it home. Cleaning wallpaper is much easier than you might think. Depending on the placement and type of wallpaper, there are several things you can do by using simple household products.

Dust The Wallpaper

A build-up of dust is easy to go unnoticed, but it’s the main culprit of damaged or older-looking wallpaper. Dusting once or twice a month can keep the build-up to a minimum, which in turn will ensure the wallpaper looks bright and fresh. Just remember to be gentle!


Use the brush attachment of your vacuum cleaner for the best and easiest method for cleaning the wallpaper. The bristles on the brush won’t do any damage to the paper, while the suction directly picks the dust-up.

If you prefer manually dusting a dry duster either attached to the end of a sweeping brush or simply used by hand can do the job just as well. For this method, it’s important to start from the top of the wall and work your way downwards, as dust will fall to lower parts of the paper. Sweep up the floor afterward.

How To Wash The Wallpaper

Sometimes, dusting isn’t enough. Some wallpaper stains can’t be cleaned, such as ink, but others can wash away. The easiest and cheapest method of cleaning wallpaper using a soft sponge, dishwasher soap, and water.

  1. Before you start washing check to see if your wallpaper can withstand soap and water; Mix your solution and apply it to a small, hidden part of the wallpaper maybe behind a piece of furniture. If the water is soaked up by the paper, or the color runs, you’re going to do more damage than good. If it’s okay, then move ahead.
  2. Mix a small amount of dishwasher soap with warm water in a small bowl and combine. Lightly moisten a soft sponge or cloth in the solution and dampen the paper, without scrubbing hard. This should then be rinsed using a fresh cloth wetted with just warm water, and then dried with a clean towel.

Other Methods

If your wallpaper can’t handle soap and water, dry alternatives are available. The best of these is wallpaper dough, which can be used to lift stains away from the wall.

  1. Simply pull a small part away from the pot and roll it into a ball. Then, using your hand, roll it over the dirty areas of the wallpaper, and you should see the dirt lift away.
  2. When the surface of the dough becomes dirty, re-roll the dough so that the dirt is absorbed into the center of the ball, and then reuse. When the full dough becomes dirty, dispose of it and start fresh with a new piece.

Cleaning your wallpaper is a simple task with a big payoff. For an afternoon of work at least once a  month, your wallpaper will stay looking fresh and new day after day, making it a job worth doing! In need of some more help choosing wallpaper, please contact us for more help!