Comparing Traditional and Removable Wallpaper Types, Part 1

comparing traditional removable wallpaper

If you’re the type who likes to regularly change up design themes and aesthetics within several areas of your home, you may be wondering about a product known as removable wallpaper. Those who like to mix and match often will want wallpaper that conforms to these needs, naturally.

At Wallpaper Warehouse, we offer a variety of great wallpaper styles for you to choose from, including several that are easily installed and removed, such as peel-and-stick wallpaper or other discount wallpaper types. As it turns out, the term “removable” might mean a few different things within this industry – this two-part blog series will help you understand what these terms mean and which kind of wallpaper to look into to fit your needs.

Traditional Wallpaper

When you hear the term “traditional” wallpaper used for products today, know that the person using it’s not referring to generations-old wallpaper. Rather, they are speaking about a common type of non-woven wallpaper that is not self-adhesive – this means you need to get your own adhesive to help stick it to the wall.

This non-woven material came about several decades ago, when the only option was woven vinyl wallpaper that was extremely difficult to remove. Non-woven wallpaper, on the other hand, has a combination of synthetic and natural fibers on the backside, making it more breathable and reducing mold risk. It also stops the wallpaper from expanding or contracting significantly over the years, which can also make removal difficult. In addition, it also makes even “traditional” wallpaper today relatively easy to remove.

Understanding Terminology

After reading the section above, you might be wondering: If traditional wallpaper can be removed easily, why isn’t it called removable wallpaper? The answer here actually refers to the ability or inability to reuse the wallpaper once it’s been removed.

With traditional wallpaper, removal is easy – but it’s not meant to be removed per se, and you usually will not be able to reuse this paper after removal. Traditional wallpaper will stay up for as long as you desire and will do great with limited maintenance, but once you remove it, it usually has to be discarded.

Removable Wallpaper

Truly removable wallpaper, however, is both easy to remove and reusable once it has been removed. This is another name for peel-and-stick wallpaper, a more temporary option that requires no soaking or pasting – this is because an adhesive is already present on the back, and all you have to do is peel off its cover and attach it to the surface.

From here, if you want to remove it, just peel it right off. There will be no extra cleaning or leftover paste or paper, and you’ll be able to reuse the wallpaper in the future if you want.

For more on any of our removable wallpaper options, or to understand how this area works for other formats, speak to the staff at Wallpaper Warehouse today.

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