Most homeowners stop thinking about their fabric Scalamandre wallpaper once it’s installed on its intended walls. Don’t make the same mistake. While fabric wallpapers are durable, they are more susceptible to wear and tear compared to other types of indoor wallpapers. Read on to find out how to keep them in top condition.
Establish your wallpaper type.
There are many types of fabric wallpaper. Here are some of them.
- Coated – These wallpapers are often either coated in vinyl or acrylic. As such they are durable and easy to clean.
- Textured or Embossed – Soft and intricate, these wallpapers often come in earth tones and nature-inspired patterns. They’re great for hiding various wall defects like cracks and roughness.
- Textile – Considered as a premium wallpaper type, textile wallpapers can be made of cotton, linen, silk, raffia, twines, felt or feathers (yes, you read that right. Feathers!). But, don’t be fooled into thinking they’re delicate. These wallpapers are breathable, stain-resistant, and flame-retardant. They also offer a certain amount of insulation.
Not sure under which type your fabric wallpaper falls under? Contact your seller. They should be able to give you the information you need. You can also visit the official website of your wallpaper’s brand—if you used a Schumacher wallpaper, check out its site— and research your wallpaper there.
Assess your wallpaper.
Does it have any damage? If so, what kind? Is it tears, burns, or wear? Seek expert assistance if you think the damage is great. Determining the condition of your Scalamandre wallpaper and fixing its breakages before cleaning it are important. Doing so will not only give you an idea of the best cleaning approach to take, but it’ll also keep you from escalating the damage.
Dust your wallpaper.
You can use a vacuum cleaner. Use a low setting and don’t let it rub on the wallpaper. The friction can damage the fabric. If your wallpaper type is delicate, use a brush or microfiber dusting cloth instead. Use a feather duster or a broom to sweep corners. Make sure you leave no nook undusted.
Test wash a small portion of your wallpaper.
Preferably an inconspicuous spot like a corner. Mix a small amount of clear dish soap with a bucket of warm water. Emphasis on the “clear dish soap.” Colored ones can stain or alter your wallpaper. Dip a sponge or a soft cloth in the solution, wring out the excess, and dab a small portion of your wallpaper. If it cleans the fabric well and deals no damage, continue cleaning the rest of the wallpaper. While this soap mixture works with most fabric wallpapers, it’s not always the best approach for textile wallpapers. Wipe the fabric in the same direction as its vertical seams.
Use wallpaper dough if the fabric isn’t receptive to water-based cleaning solutions.
You can buy some from wallpaper sellers.
Make sure “fabric wallpaper upkeep” is a part of your cleaning checklist. Are some of your walls covered in Schumacher wallpaper or any other fabric wallpaper brand? You can use this process as well. Follow these steps to keep them in top condition for a long time.