Frequently Asked Questions on Wallpaper

Just choosing a wallpaper pattern alone can be very overwhelming and confusing, never mind which type of wallpaper to go for.  With so much information out there, let us narrow it down and make things a little easier.

 

What are the different types of wallpaper that you get

        • Pre-Pasted PVC FREE wallpaper (recommended)
        • Hi-tack Vinyl Wallpaper 152-203 micron textured white polymeric calendared vinyl - Textures: Canvas, Stone & Stucco - used in homes and can be used on a more rough surface wall.
        • Removable Vinyl Wallpaper - 152-203 micron textured white polymeric calendared vinyl - Textures: Canvas, Stone & Stucco - Can only be used on VERY smooth surfaces and is used only in retail.

What is the best type of wallpaper?

We proudly promote Pvc Free wallpaper only and thats for obvious reasons, but not only is it PVC free, but its pre-pasted for easy installation and it lines up easier then most and a big plus is its easier to remove. 

You can create colourful, odour-free murals with this ultra-smooth finish.  HP PVC-Free Durable Smooth Wallpaper is scrub and scratch resistant; durable and subject to wear and tear with no need for a protective top coat. These wallpapers are also highly mould and mildew resistant.  HP PVC-free wallpaper is not only practical, but a cost-effective solution.  These wallpapers are highly resistant and can be cleaned with a damp cloth.

How long does wallpaper last?

Wallpaper can last up to a minimum of 15 years and longer, lasting three times as long as paint. 

To ensure your wallpaper not only lasts long, but stays beautiful, follow the steps for proper installation, be well prepared with clean and dry walls.  The reason wallpaper lasts so long is mostly because of its solid adhesion to the wall surface.  Some types of wallpaper might need a little more maintenance to continue looking good. Vinyl-free wallpaper and Woven wallpapers made from natural materials will need much more upkeep to preserve its looks and to ensure that they remain stain free – when it comes to the wall adhesion on these wallpapers, the principles are the same, so their ability to stay on the walls for decades are also the same. Choosing wallpaper for your space means you will not need to do it again for many years, unless you want to.  The durability of wallpaper is a cost-effective way to decorate any room. And because of its durability, wallpaper can be used in high traffic areas and hold up to wear and tear of children.  Most wallpapers are washable, making them easy to maintain and keep clean.  Do note that wallpaper can lift at the seams over time, but when this does happen, just apply a small amount of wallpaper adhesive to the lifted area and reapply. 

Can I apply wallpaper in my bathroom?

If you choose to wallpaper the whole bathroom, and especially the area by the sink and tub, opt for splash proof wallpaper which is specifically designed for high humidity areas. We recommend going for a vinyl coated wallpaper. Vinyl wallpaper will not absorb water that land on it since there are no holes for water or moisture to penetrate through. It is the most durable wallpaper and can be used in high humidity environments.  Vinyl coated wallpaper is resistant to steam, moisture, stains, and is washable. when installed correctly, vinyl wallpaper can last for years. If you are going for a feature wall and not the entire bathroom you can use other wallpapers, but this will only work best if you have a bathroom with windows or a bathroom that is well ventilated. If you go for this option, avoid areas where it will get wet.

How long does wallpaper take to dry?

The standard drying time for wallpaper is between 24 to 48 hours.  The time can depend on the type of wallpaper and the condition of the room. If you are waiting for the wallpaper to dry before painting or adding a border, wait at least 36-48 hours.

    Can I wallpaper over old wallpaper?

    Removing old wallpaper can take up a lot of your time, and you may just be able to avoid it;   If the existing wallpaper has a smooth texture - free from any embossing, raised embellishments or flocking, and firmly adhered to the walls, you can add a new layer of wallpaper over the old.

    • Remove any nails from the walls.
    • Wash the walls down with a weak solution of warm water and dishwashing liquid. 
    • Let the walls to dry completely. 
    • If there are existing pieces of wallpaper that have peeled or bubbled, use a utility knife to cut these pieces away.
    • If there are any imperfections or indentations in the wall, repair them with nail hole filler, applying the material with a putty knife. Once the hole filler has dried, you can lightly sand the repaired areas.

    Proceed with applying your new wallpaper. (Read article on “How to apply wallpaper”)

    How do i clean and maintain my wallpaper?

    Different wallpapers call fro different cleaning methods here are a few suggestions for the different wallpapers.

    IMPORTANT NOTE:

    Do not use too much soap as large amounts of soap will make the dirt stick to walls.

    Maintenance and Cleaning on PVC Free wallpaper:

    To clean your HP PVC-free Durable Smooth Wallpaper, you should use a soft, non-abrasive sponge or cloth to apply a solution of water and mild dishwashing soap.  After rubbing the solution gently on the surface, rinse the washed area and wipe dry. 

    Very important:  Use the cleaning solution! When using the wrong cleaning solution, you can remove colour in your wallpaper.

    Finding the right cleaning product:

    Use a mild detergent like liquid dishwashing liquid or a hand wash but be sure to choose a soap that indicate the following:  mild, safe and gentle, does not dry out skin, non-toxic or tough on grease while soft on hands.  Also look for a soap that reads eco-friendly, phosphate-free, additive free, pure, free and clear and so on.

    Use a solution of water and your mild liquid soap; 30 millilitres of soap to 4 litres of water. (1:100 ratio) Gently rub the surface with a soft non-abrasive sponge or cloth to clean your wallpaper.  Completely rinse the washed area with clean water and wipe dry.

    If your surface needs to be disinfected, HP recommends adding one cup of bleach per 4 litres of water. (1:16 ratio)

    Avoid:  Household cleaners, laundry detergents, solvent-based cleaning agents such as lacquer thinners, nail polish remover, pine oil, mineral spirits, or multi-surface cleaners that typically have harsh solvents that can remove colour from the wallpaper.  Usually if it comes in a spray bottle or powder, it is best to avoid using it on your wallpaper.

     

    Maintenance and Cleaning on Textured Fabric wallpaper:

    You can use a vacuum cleaner, it is the most effective way to remove dust.

    Do not rub your vacuum on the wallpaper is it will scratch it, but rather use a soft brush (be sure to only use this attachment on your wallpaper as using it on other things might leave residue) attachment on your vacuum cleaner and gently move it over the wallpaper.

    You can also use a clean broom or the microfibre mop works well too - be sure to use only a designated mop of broom for your wallpaper as using the general household mop might have previous residue and can stain and dirty your wallpaper.

    You can also use a dry CLEAN Microfibre cloth to wipe down the wallpaper, be sure to check the cloth before using it to ensure no residue is on the cloth.

    Another Trick is an Eraser, this works great to remove fingerprints, but be sure to use a clean eraser, previous used eraser will have lead residue and will make further smudge marks.

    You can use detergents however we recommend that you first do a small spot test in a corner to make sure that the solution works with your wallpaper, as certain wallpaper cannot be washed or cannot handle certain cleaning products - so be sure to make sure what type of wallpaper you have and if you not sure then rather do a spot test.

     

    Maintenance and Cleaning on Vinyl wallpaper:

    We recommend using liquid dishwashing liquid or a hand wash but be sure to choose a soap that indicate the following:  mild, safe and gentle, does not dry out skin, non-toxic or tough on grease while soft on hands.  Also look for a soap that reads eco-friendly, phosphate-free, additive free, pure, free and clear and so on.

    Use a solution of water and your mild liquid soap; 30 millilitres of soap to 4 litres of water. (1:100 ratio) Gently rub the surface with a soft non-abrasive sponge or cloth to clean your wallpaper.  Completely rinse the washed area with clean water and wipe dry.

    Do not use a rough sponge.

     

    Be sure to wipe away any soap residue as soap residue will make the wallpaper sticky and will attract dirt.